I almost feel like I need to reintroduce myself. Hello, my name is Regina and I'm a recovering blogaholic. I don't mean to offend or make light of AA; respect. It's just been a while since I blogged and I used to be addicted...not no mo'. So, if there is anyone left out there still subscribed, I'll do my best to be entertaining. Otherwise, whatever.
Did I mention Kindergarten is a lot of work? I think I may have, but it bears repeating. It's probably not just Kindergarten, but school in general. I seem to remember a lot of coloring, painting, snacks and naps. Not plot development, character building, triangular prisms, trapezoids, Venn diagrams and the historical live's of saints (ok, I made up that last one). But what do I know, I'm just a parent (who's already had a beer...or two).
I was also in charge of the class art project for our school's annual auction. We did scratch foam prints and then I assembled them into a frame. Combined they made $3100 for the school. Nice.
I've been busy, as you can see. It's been a huge change this year with my son's school and my new job; not as much down time, I always seem to be 'on duty'. It makes training tough.
Ah, yes, training. I pretty much bailed on it this winter. Oddly enough, I had no anxiety about going for days without doing anything. I was happy. However, that didn't last. At some point, as I suspected might happen, I started to get the itch. It was a small itch, demanding a light scratch, but an itch, nonetheless. I've been lightly scratching. Ok, medium scratching. What does that mean? Let me tell you...
I am signed up to do exactly two races this year and both because my entry fee was $0. First: the NYC Triathlon. I was a volunteer captain last summer at this race which garnered me a free entry for this year (booya!). I seriously thought of deferring because I am just not into it. However, I did not. I am doing the very minimum amount of training to get me to the finish line. How do I feel about this? Fan-fucking-tastic! I don't feel any stress or pressure. It is such a load off my mind. Yes, I am swimming and biking and running, but not with the same past intensity. I'm just gonna have fun. I am going to make my old time look like I broke the sound barrier compared to what I do this year. But wait, it gets better....
Last year I had to defer my entry in the NYC Marathon because of injury. This year I had to decide if I was going to take that entry. I had until midnight April 23rd to make that decision. At 9:24 PM on April 23rd I decided to just go for it. I have no idea how my feet will hold up, but what the hell. I already had a new running partner who runs as slow as I do (she doesn't know about this blog, phew!) which has made running so much sweeter. Who knew? I always thought I would hate running with someone. It helps that she has a great sense of humor, has a son the same age as mine and curses like a sailor; so refreshing. I think I might be the anti-mom mom.
I am planning on training completely differently this year. Last year was for time, this year for a finish. I also plan on running less during the week. I am going to be 45 years old in a month's time. I also happen to know a few things about my own body, having been involved in athletics my entire life. My body does not do well when pushed to train too often, it needs rest. Yes, I get the whole 'training your body to work even when it's tired' thing, but I am not sure that works for me. In the 3+ years since I started doing triathlon I never got faster in my running. In fact, I would say, I got slower. I am willing to accept that I may be wrong, but I am going to see what a more conservative training plan will do for me this year. For example, last year I ran 5 days a week with a long run every weekend, each weekend getting a bit longer than the last. To be fair, I was only running and there was no swim/bike. This time around I plan on running three days a week with a long run every other weekend, the opposite weekend being a run half the mileage (or time) of the long run. It'll get me to the finish line I believe, and that's all I want. I am not time motivated, but I am happy.
There is so much and so little to tell. I think that will suffice for now.