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Trying Something New

Bear with me, I'm trying something new. I have two blogs -   A Day In The Life of Mrs. Glass  and  Will Run For Ice Cream . And for awhile now, I've debated about combing the two. But I've held off because the target audience is different. One is more running related (hence the title) and the other is more about my life in general as a wife, a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, and the balancing act of it all. So for now, I will keep the blogs separate. However, I've added a community page on facebook  Todays Words Of Glass  . And I plan for this page to be a cross-over of both of my blogs. But I don't want this page to be just about my blogs, but I would like for my readers who are on facebook to interact also. The general description of the page is this: "I'm a mom, a wife, a runner, a blogger, and an ice cream addict. This page is for anyone who has ever had the desire to be a better person, has ever had a goal, and knows first hand that there are ups and do

Well This Was A First

In case you haven't realized it by now, I'm a planner. I'd plan my poops if I could. So yeah, you get the idea. And my schedule called for a 10 miler today. So the idea of running a 5K never really entered my mind until a friend mentioned running it. And even then I sort of just blew it off. I mean, I hadn't planned on doing it, and I was supposed to get in a long run. But as the day went on yesterday, I thought .. Why not? I could decide the day of (yeah I know, so not me). I set an alarm for 6:40am to give myself time 'to decide' this morning what it was going to be. Lil Man got up at 6:16am so an alarm wasn't needed. I was up early. I had time. I haven't run a 5K race in almost 2 years. I was curious to see how I would do. Honestly, I was a little nervous. I know right? I finished a Marathon 3 weeks ago, and I was nervous about 3.1. But I text my friend and told her I would be there. The weather was great. I told myself that I was just going t

Speed Work and Hills

Hello early mornings - it's me again. Yep, I was up before sunrise to hit the track this week.I haven't worked on speed work in awhile, and I have to admit that it's my favorite. Yes, I love pushing myself to the brink of vomit. But I think I like it because it's short and quick. It's easier for me to see the 'end'. In a long run I have a harder time getting thrilled about 'just 8 more miles to go'. But with speed work, I can tell myself just a few more times around the track. Tuesday's workout was supposed to be 4x800's. I would up doing 6x800's. And my first one was about a 7:40 pace with the second begin 8:20. For me that is great. I messed up my watch on the rest of the laps so I'm not sure what those were. Today I did hills and I mean hills. My lungs and legs were on fire. I've yet to run this entire route without walking some of it. My goal is to be able to run this route by the end of the year. But my overall pace today

Runners Are Awesome

Runners are awesome. Really they are. Runners all share the common bond of running, but everyone is so unique as to why they run, how they got started running, why they continue running, and what goals they set. It's a really cool group to be a part of... Today's plan called for an 8 miler. I really thought about blowing it off. I know I know. But I'm coming off the marathon and still have time 'to train' for the Half. But a running friend needed to run 10 or so miles today and asked if I was running. My response... Sure I can run. Of course, this meant leaving the house at 5:30am to meet her at 6:00am. It was a little chilly, and then it got super windy. We just considered it resistance training on the hills. I'm glad that I met her this morning and got it in. 8 miles done.. and I treated myself to come ice cream. :)

Back Into The Swing of Things

Well, this week I'm getting back into the swing of things Post Marathon. I did some speedwork and hills yesterday. My legs felt pretty good. My lungs didn't want to cooperate. But I got some some half mile repeats in. Then for the last mile I ran some hills. Today I got back to the gym. I have a really hard time doing core/strength training on my own. So, I'm utilizing my gym membership and going to classes. Today was Body Blast, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be feeling this tomorrow. It was a good work out. I have a 4 mile run on the books tomorrow. Yep, I'm officially registered for my next Half Marathon on June 15th. Let the training begin. ;)

Feeling Pretty Good

I'm feeling pretty good post marathon. I ran 2 miles today on the TM at the gym. Nothing fancy - haven't been to the gym with Lil Man in close to a month. I wanted to give him a chance to play, and I thought I'd start working out the kinks from the marathon. My tendonitis is flaring up a little. I could feel it, but not bad. I didn't have any major sore spots other than just feeling like I had lead legs. Overall, it was great to be back at the gym. I'm thinking my next race is about 8-9 weeks from now. I'm planning on a Half. You didn't think I was going to stop running after I finished the marathon did you? ;) My bling so far...

At 40, I Finished My First Marathon - Post Race Report

Wow, what a day. I knew it would be an emotional day and it was. At the starting line, I was more calm than nervous (which is REALLY different for me. Most of the time I have the nervous anxiety at the start). But I didn't this time. But as I crossed the starting line, I felt the emotion well up. I was doing this. I was actually running a marathon. I was running with some friends from the River Runners. For the first few miles or so we stayed together. It was fun to chat back and forth. Around 4ish miles we sort of split off and I found myself solo and off and on running with another friend. At 7 miles (the turn off for the half), we walked through the water stop. I looked at her crying and said "I can do this right?". She assured me I could, and to text her around mile 23 and she would meet me. She turned and I went ahead. Gulp. There was no turning back down. The course was a very hilly course (or very hilly for me). I passed people. They passed me. I walked throug

Last Run Before The Marathon

Well, today was my last run before the marathon. One more day, and then it's 'the day'. I'm a ball of excitement and nervousness. Tomorrow I will decide for sure what I'm wearing and get everything all laid out for Saturday morning. I took the advice of friends and decided to carpool. I'm riding down with someone who is doing the Half, and plan to ride back with Hubby and Lil Man. I'm a little nervous about getting there later than I had planned on, but I've been assured by my fellow running friend that we will be there in PLENTY of time. So I'm going to go with it. :) I've been told that nervousness is normal - major anxiety not so much. I'm more on the nervous side of things verses anxiety. Think of me as a cool breeze on a hot summer day. Ok, that's taking it a little far. Just think of me as not huddling in the corner crying I can't do this. I know this run will be full of emotions. I know I will cry. How much and how often