I had planned on taking today off of running, but Stephanie asked if I'd like to go for a run with her this morning. She starts half-marathon training Monday (her first!) and invited Renee, Jessica, and I to go for a run today. Jessica wasn't able to, but Renee and I met her at the State Park at 7:30.
I didn't even ask how far we were running, but I figured it would be 5-7 miles, and at an easy pace. I missed Renee and Stephanie, because I haven't seen them in a while, so I really just wanted to go to catch up.
We did a lollipop route around the park, and it ended up being 5.5 miles. It was crazy warm this morning--49 degrees! That's really unusual for January in Michigan. It felt really nice outside. We finished 5.5 miles in 57:49 (10:27/mi pace). Steph took a picture of us when we were done:
When I got home, I had to decorate Eli's birthday cake. Jerry baked the cake last night, so I just had to frost it and put the other stuff on it. He wanted an Army cake, so we used chocolate frosting, and then a layer of crushed Oreos to look like dirt. Then we took some toy soldiers and tanks and put those on top.
Anyway, we spent the afternoon at the skating rink, and Eli had a blast with his friends.
When I cut into the cake, I could tell that Jerry totally overbaked it--neither one of us is good at baking!--so it was pretty easy to resist eating it. I took one bite of Jerry's, and a couple bites of frosting, but stopped there.
What I've been having a problem with the last couple of days is Biscoff spread! When I went grocery shopping, it was way too hard to resist the manager's special:
So, lots of people have been asking me, "What's next?" now that I did my marathon and epic Ragnar Relay. The truth is, I have no idea! I have a couple of PR's I want to crush--my 10K (55:05), and my half-marathon (2:02:57, but I really want to hit that sub-2:00). So I think I'll continue to work on speed and hit those goals.
I have no plans to do another full marathon. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to run some Ragnar Relays, but there is no way I could afford to do that more than once a year or so. Ragnars are expensive, because you have to pay for travel, hotel, race cost, van rental, van gas, snacks, and finish line hotel. The trip to Florida cost Jerry and I about $2000--yikes!! (Granted, if I had gone alone, it would have been much cheaper, but we wanted to make a vacation out of it).
I haven't even decided yet what races I am going to do this year. I think I'll run the Martian Meteor 10K for my PR in April. And the Detroit Free Press International Half-Marathon for my sub-2:00. I'm not sure about a spring half-marathon yet, or even if I want to do one this spring. I really do need to come up with a plan, because I feel strange not having a "real" running schedule.
If I had a million dollars, this is what I would do this year:
*Run Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back with my high school friend, Julie, and her team in June
*Visit Andrea in Missouri and cheer her on for her first marathon
*Visit Sarah (and Meredith!) in Arizona, possibly run a race while I'm out there
*Visit John in San Diego, and run Ragnar Relay Las Vegas with John's team
*Visit Ada in San Francisco, and attend the Biggest Loser live finale
*Run a few other Ragnars with teams made up of readers who have shown interest in doing it
*Visit Jen in New Jersey, and run the 5K in NYC with her in November
So many ideas and decisions--it's hard to narrow it down! But fun to think about :)
If money were no object, what fitness-related thing would you splurge on?