2 weeks ago, I became a marathoner. Wow. It's still one of those things that I'm absolutely shocked I was able to finish. I have said it before, but it bears repeating: I am not athletically gifted, and I fought on every single training run for every iota of fitness that I gained over the last 10 months. For me, that made my accomplishment even more sweet. Everyone starts at a different place, and with different odds stacked against them. But I am a firm believer that anyone can do anything they want, if they are willing to put the time in.
The running store had to special order a 26.2 sticker for me, because they only had one left, and it was light pink, and my car is cranberry red. That just isn't a good combo ever. And then I was so excited, I set it on my binder for microeconomics, and took a picture of it at a stoplight. Being cool is overrated.
So what have I been doing since the marathon?
1) Not blogging. But not really on purpose, just because life has been busy.
2) School, school, school. I was really looking forward to life getting a little easier after the marathon, but school actually got harder. I think it's a conspiracy.
3) PiYo. Yeah, I broke down and bought another Beachbody program. I started it last week, and I like that there is a lead-in to the harder stuff, with the first few weeks being easier. My legs are super locked up right now, so I'm doing more stretching than strengthening in the workouts, but it's totally fine by me. I'm not really feeling the pressure to get all crazy with my workouts right now, just keep my body moving.
4) Buying new running shoes. Yup. I wasn't going to, but at the marathon expo, I had a barefoot running gait analysis done, which identified that I have been running in the wrong category of shoes (stability) for 2 years, and it may be causing some of my running-related aches and pains. So last weekend, I went to the running store with the goal of getting the above-shown sticker, and ended up trying on and run-testing 10 pairs of neutral shoes. I found a winner, one that just so happened to have the last model-year on Zulilly at a ridiculously good rate, so I came home and put in that order. The best thing is that since it takes so stinking long for product to ship from Zulilly, the chances of me running again before my body is 100% ready are slim. I'm really hoping that these shoes are like purple unicorns for my feet.
5) Trying to figure out how I am going to approach triathlon training. Y'all, it's so complicated. Every discipline has so many approaches to training, and then you multiply that by 3 disciplines, and good gravy... I am pretty overwhelmed right now with the choices. I have heard though that it is safest on your body to push your cycling training hardest, then swimming, and do the least running, which is honestly what my body would prefer. But then I also hear from other people that you should focus on your weakest discipline, because your body is likely more efficient in the other two disciplines, which would have me running more, then swimming, then cycling the least. Or there's the beginner's approach, which is to do each equally-ish. Or... Yeah. There's just a lot of options, and I have no idea what's going to work, because I've never tried to balance the three before.
6) Processing and eating apples. They just never end. Plus, there's a house on our cul-de-sac with 2 large apple trees, and we just got permission to pick their apples, which are quite possibly the tastiest apples I have had in a long time. Ammon is building a fruit grinder, just so we can make apple cider with all of these apples. If we're lucky, we'll have enough to ferment... let the good times roll. In the meantime though, I am making apple sauce, apple cinnamon bread, apple crisp, and these pretty apple galettes:
What does your life look like these days? I think everyone could use a little french pastry in their lives, don't you?