Thursday, January 28, 2010

Holy Snow in my Eyeballs

I just got back from my run today... 3 miles. Let's recap:

Miles: 3
Temperature: 23 degrees
Wind: Ridiculousness
Snow: All up in my eyeballs!

This has, hands down, been my coldest run yet. The sidewalks were covered in snow and ice. The wind was just unbearable, and then towards the last mile of my run, I basically entered a snow globe and could no longer see 2 feet in front of me.

Someone please remind me why I am doing this?!?!

(But hey, at least I got it done, right?!)

Pittsburgh Marathon: May 2, 2010

That's right, you read the title... MARATHON! 26.2 MILES!

Back in December, one day I decided that I wanted to run a marathon and have that be one of the things on my "Anna's Life List" to complete. So I did some research and discovered that the Pittsburgh Marathon would be coming up in May 2010. So I decided, ok I can do this!!

I talked to Lee and Jess about it, who are also planning on running the marathon, and we found a good training program to get us ready. Training started Monday, January 11, 2010. I'm now into week 3 of training and I'm doing great! So far, so good! I haven't missed one day of training yet. I'm being very disciplined with this. I think because I know that if I slack, , then come May 2 when I have to run 26.2 MILES (!!?!?), it will not be a fun day. So I am determined to stick to this training diligently, because I know I need to. Even in the snow, wind, rain (I don't own a treadmill), I run outside and get my miles in. It's all about layering, people! Most days, Brett thinks I'm crazy for running in this weather, but what days does he not think I'm crazy just in general? ;)

So, training is going well so far. I'm still trying to wrap my head around running 26.2 miles in a ROW... seems so crazy to me right now. But I am hoping as training goes on, it will seem more possible. I won't lie.. I am terrified. But what an accomplishment this will be to run a MARATHON. I would have never thought I'd do this in all my life. But I am ready! And so excited/scared! :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Updates, Updates!

Well, it's been a while since I last posted here. I've got a couple other blogs that I write in nowadays: my everyday blog and my wedding blog. And I actually forgot all about my diet/fitness blog! But, time to change that!

So, some updates: Since I last blogged here (June 2009, whoa!), I've been doing pretty good with working out. I've really grown to love running... Anyone who knows me, knows this is HUGE! We even had a little running competition last Fall: It was city vs. city, Pittsburgh vs. DC, Me & Brett vs. Lee & Jess! It was so much fun! We would compete to see who could run the most miles by a certain date. Well, it ended in a tie, because Brett ended up having to get shoulder surgery before the competition was over and he couldn't run. But during the time we were competing, it was great! I think it really pushed all of us to run more!

We also ran in the 5K Dogfish Dash! It was a race put on by our favorite brewery in Delaware: Dogfish Head! It was awesome! It was supposed to be a light-hearted, fun race, and they even asked runners to dress up in costumes completely made from recyclable materials. We were ALL for this! However, when we showed up for race day... it seems we were the ONLY ones all for dressing up... but it turned out to be awesome, because we won prizes for best costume! See our ridiculousness below:



So as you can see, I've been keeping active! And it feels so good! Plus, I am getting married this coming August, and that is definitely motivation to stay active and eat healthy, so I can look great on my wedding day!