"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." - George S. Patton

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sometimes Life Really Does Get in the Way of Running....

Gracious. I am a bad, bad blogger. You see, I have all these small people constantly running around me asking for things and screaming. Then, there is this bigger person who wants meals cooked when he comes home from work and even asks me to keep our house sanitary. These crazy people have been keeping me from the beautiful, blog-reading community. I apologize and will have a talk with them (especially that little one who is always asking for milk) very soon.

So as you all know I registered to run the Rock and Roll Seattle Marathon in June. Not the half - the full. I have now decided to run the half - not the full. Why? I wont lie to you guys... my right leg fell off. I'm not sure what happened.. probably all of those 20 mile training runs. Anyway, my left leg is still perfectly intact so I can bust out the half-marathon on June 25th, don't worry.

Ok, that wasn't nice. I mean no disrespect to anyone with only one leg. I'm sure there are quite a few people that have finished a full marathon with one leg - yet both of my legs are still alive and kicking, and I'm just not ready.

I simply don't have the time for the long training runs. I really don't. I have been beating myself up about it so much and I really think for my own sanity, and for the sake of my family needing clean underwear and food in the refrigerator, I am raising my white flag. Maybe next year, eh?

On another (less pitiful) note, I am doing that P90x I have heard so much about. I have said before, I know I could run so much faster if I weren't a miniature cow and if I had stronger muscles in my core. I'll tell you something, blog-reader, it's working. In three weeks I have lost 11 lbs and cut a full minute off of my usual mile. The other day I ran 4 miles in about 40 minutes. That is wild for me. I used to be proud of a 12 minute mile. So I'm going to keep going with that and the half-marathon training schedule and keep everyone posted.

What are you all up to? What races do you have coming up? Do you think because I decided not to run the full marathon in June I am a loser and a quitter?


  1. Proud of you for making smart decisions that work best for you, and then working hard to accomplish those goals! Seattle R&R Half, here we come!!!

  2. 13 miles is HUGE. But your comment about your leg falling off made me laugh! A marathon will come one day, just not right now. Sometimes clean underwear and dinner on the table take precedence and thats OK.

  3. Great blog! Good decision. I did the full in Seattle last November with an injured right leg-not a good thing! I ended up having to quit running for a while. I'm just starting to building up the mileage again-starting with a 5k tomorrow so I should probably go to bed and get some rest, but I pretty much have to start over. Anyway, really great post. I can totally relate as a mom and wife!

  4. Oh wow! That was kind of my fear. My calf muscles are still bugging me on my left side and stuff. Good to hear you are getting back on that horse! :)

  5. Don't beat yourself up about only doing the half. A half-marathon is still a heck of a lot further than most Americans will EVER run! I understand life getting in the way of running. It gets in the way of mine every single day. I'm still trying to work that one out. And thanks for the info on P90X. I know lots of people who have started it, but not really anyone who has kept going with it. :) Glad you're seeing results.