Saturday, February 18, 2012

BREAK Country Style!

I am officially on MID-WINTER BREAK! It is SO needed. Many believe that teachers get too many breaks. Trust me, dealing with 30+ kids everyday is a difficult task; plus getting them to learn complicated things can be as challenging as finding a needle in a haystack. Literally. So, THANK YOU GOD, one week off. First stop: Connecticut. Lambeau is going country while we go Mexican!!!

I ran 8 miles after driving to CT. I wore my running clothes or the car ride in order to ensure that there would be NO DELAY to get my run on. Thankfully, it worked. I was going to do 7. Then I was feeling good so I opted for 8, because 8 miles has a nice ring to it. I love running in a country setting! I averaged 9:50/miles. This is very impressive for short legged me. I kept thinking my pace was slowing, and every time I looked I was between 9:06-10:18 (Got to love Garmin times...). This run made me smile. It made me think that a sub 5 hour marathon could happen in the future. It's also my longest run since the marathon!

A lot of people bounce back from marathons like pro's. I, on the other hand, took rest very seriously. I had, and still have, a cracking hip which I am in the process of getting looked at. I also had a southern birthday party/marathon celebration, got sick with a nasty infection plus missed my favorite race, had a death in the family, and the holidays...oh the holidays...so yea, my running life came to a halt for almost a month. I am loving this feeling of consistency, building up mileage, and I can't wait to bust out double digits again; especially my favorite distance: 10 miles.

Seen while running: Horsies. Love this. So picturesque. Everything was like an Ansel Adams photo, overcast and windy. I even experienced a FREAK snow flurry blast for 60 seconds....it was 45 degrees out?!?! Love this winter. I could still use a snow day after break...
I was trying to get a picture of my cool shirt, which turned into a game of "Where's Lambeau?" Can you find him?!
Annie dog wasn't so hidden. However, I got a better picture of my shirt; well, most of it. It's says "Train like a girl". I love this shirt. It fits PERFECTLY, thanks Champion/Target!
We went to my nephews basketball game. These are two of the four McAuliffe kiddos. We cheered on S. McAuliffe, but alas, they lost :-(
I love Connecticut! I love running in Connecticut, I love seeing my Connecticut family, and I love cooking in my mommy's spacious Connecticut kitchen. Granite counter tops are NOT overrated!!!

More to come from CT.

What do you train like? TELL ME ABOUT IT! Train like a finisher.


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