Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving and a Green Light!

Happy Thanksgiving Bloggers!

I've been monitoring the weather for Sat. and so far it's looking great.  If the current forecast holds it should be about 40-45 for the half marathon on Sat. at the Stennis Space Center in MS.  This race has become somewhat of a tradition for me.  After the "eat fest" on Thurs., is there any better way to spend a Sat. morning than running a half, or a full marathon?  I think not!    This year I vowed that I would NOT run it, if it ended up being hot and humid like it is some years, but so far I'm getting the "green light" for racing on Sat.  Woo Hoo!  Feeling totally pysch'ed about that!   If the weather holds, I will race it, and hope for good results.  Yes, it's a little too close to my full marathon to "all out" race it, but by now, you know my deal.  
I'm going for it because:
1.  tomorrow is not promised.
2. my running is going well and the weather will be right for Ginny, for racing this Sat.  If I "save myself" for the marathon on Dec. 11th, and the weather is hot and humid, I would have missed a perfect opportunity to put my training to the test this fall.
3.  I just can't help myself!  After the Pensacola race, I'm ready to go for it, and "finish it" under the right conditions.
4.  did I mention the Thurs. "eat fest"  Well, this is all part of the plan my friends.  With planning to "all out" race on Sat., Ginny will NOT "pig out" on Thurs.  Yes, I will celebrate Thanksgiving, and yes, I will eat too many calories, but, I will NOT eat all day until I am miserable.  Woo Hoo - now that is progress my friends.

Totally excited about the weekend.
Heading to the track tonight for 9 X 800 at 3:45 or under - LOVE IT!
Short work week!  Yay!

Notes from last week's training:
67 miles 
Tues. - 8 X 800 @ 3:43 avg. with Audrey.  Vicki and Steve joined us for part of the workout.
Sat - 20 miles @ 9:05 avg. - (leaving the Garmin running through all water stops)
miles without hydration stops averaged around 8:46 pace.


Karen said...

Go for it! Can't wait to hear the report :)

Shellyrm said...

You are right. Tomorrow is not promised, go for it!!!

Jenn said...

Wow-GREAT mileage! Hope your weekend is awesome. I was looking at running a 5K on Friday mostly so I wouldn't eat like a horse on Thursday but it doesn't work out with my hockey schedule. I need to find some other sort of motivation to practice some self-control-ha! Good Luck and I hope the weather cooperates for you!

Jill said...

I think you have this one in the bag - definitely go for it, I am certain you will do awesome!!!

It's so funny to see your golden leaves at the top of your blog when ours have been gone for eternity, replaced by bare branches (at least not much white stuff yet :)).

Good luck, lady....have a blast too!!!

(and pop by the blog sometime, I'm doing a holiday blog exchange, if interested :)).

Meg said...

GO FOR IT, there's NO time like the present!!

I'm proud of you for making some little boundaries for yourself for Thanksgiving! I think I'm going to do that too. I know you'll be successful, have a wonderful holiday and run!

Robbie said...

I hope you do well Saturday. You're amazing with your distance/pace!!! Keep it up, girl!

lindsay said...

great timing for a half after all that carbo loading! :) have a great long run and a great thanksgiving with the family!!

HappyTrails said...

Go for it!!!!! I agree with Meg, there's no time like the present! And you, too, tomorrow is not a promise so go for it! Great job on your long run and pacing - you will do awesome. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and race!

Petraruns said...

Great one! ANd I like your idea of not pinnning it all on the marathon - if you feel you've got something in your legs right now, go for it!

Johann said...

Sounds all good to me! Enjoy!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

Great stats this week...you are amazing!! Good luck on your race...I am excited you are going for it. Can't wait for the recap!
P.S. Don't give diet coke up...you are probably way better at not drinking a gallon everyday like I did ha! You gotta enjoy it:)

Bethany + Ryan said...

GO FOR IT!!! best of luck to you! and happy thanksgiving!!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

yeahhhh for the green light, live it up!!

ajh said...

Have fun!

LMC said...

Go for it Ginny! Hope the weather is perfect for you, although, you've got this one no matter what the weather! Love your attitude!! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!