Tonight I began what I am referring to as my pre-training training. The Illinois Half-Marathon is now less than four months away and on my mind at least three times a day. What seemed like what could be an attainable goal at the end of the summer now presents as a very daunting task. I blame the Illinois winters with the early sunsets, ice and snow covered roads, and bitter temperatures. Also, lack of motivation and excessive baked goods intake may also play a part. I have set my official training date as February 1st, and although that's when I'm going to get really serious I figured building up to that day might not be a terrible idea. Slow and steady is how the saying goes, right?
And yes, if you must know, that is gum on the book rack of the treadmill. Fresh gum while running is excellent; stale gum not so much. Also, point goes to treadmill running for ease of discarding layers mid-workout. Finally, if anyone of power at Nike should see this picture, email me if you're interested in sponsoring me in my endeavors. Clearly I'm already promoting the heck out of your product.
(Sidenote: I came across the Warrior Dash website and was pumped to see it's returning to the area again this summer. On June 18th and 19th at Dollinger Farms in Channahon you can participate in a "mud-crawling, fire-leaping extreme run from Hell" [their description, not mine] and receive a cool t-shirt, finisher's medal, and warrior helmet to boot! It's a 3.5ish mile run with several obstacles along the way, and there is no way you will finish without being covered in mud. Sounds fun, doesn't it? I'm signing up and filling out registration for The General as well whether he grants me permission or not. Nothing says "Happy Father's Day" like dragging your unwilling husband through an extreme race course in the heat of the summer against his will. Anyone else interested? Check out the Warrior Dash site for all the deets and leave me a comment if you're thinking that sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.)