It has been many moons since I did any kind of update for the Wisconsin Marathon training and that is because I decided a couple of weeks ago to pull out of the race. There are a couple of reasons for that. The main one being that I am simply not committing to the mileage needed to have a successful race. I could probably log enough miles to complete the race if I want to, but it wouldn't be a pretty race nor would I have a decent time. It just not worth the money (traveling, lodging, boarding the dogs for the weekend) only to go and barely scrape through the marathon. I was feeling burnt out very early on in the training and with the Chicago Marathon on my schedule for the fall, I would rather save my energy and my body(my right hip/knee problems were already starting to flare-up again) to fully commit to that marathon.
I am disappointed, mostly with myself for not being able to follow through with this goal, but frankly, I think I just needed a break. I have been running off and on the last couple of weeks, but it is nice to just go out and run when I feel like it and not be constantly worrying about finding the time to get my miles in.
On top of all that, efforts to drop about 10 pounds of newlywed weight, in order to help pick up some speed with my running, seem to be stuck, like in dried cement stuck. I keep losing and gaining the same couple of pounds. Grrr! Weight loss and I have long, frustrating, but ultimately pretty successful history which I haven't really talked about before on the blog, but it was my reason for getting into running in the first place. If you are interested in reading more about my weight loss story, my friend Kristen, at the fabulous blog Low Fat Dressing, has just started a series about some of her friends who have lost and maintained a significant amount of weight, and my story is the inaugural post! Go check it out and pick up some fashion knowledge and tasty recipes too!