Thursday, January 12, 2012

Olympic Trials Excitement!

I am so excited about the marathon trials in Houston on Saturday,  you'd think I was racing!  I don't even have a good guess of which females will finish first.   I think they're all amazing and I find it so difficult to root for just one.  Intsead, I am rooting for every single woman out there.   Can you imagine if that was you standing at the start line on Saturday?  I think about the hard work they put in-- the countless hours, the grueling workouts and all of the sacrifices that have been made to get to this point.  Their fate will be determined on Saturday.  Who will make the olympic team? 

Which of these ladies are you rooting for? 
Or, are you rooting for one of the lesser known speedsters?

In addition to following the marathon trials this weekend, I will be adopting a second kitty cat.  We named him Oskar after the little boy in the book, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  Someone tried to light this poor guy on fire so his tail had to be amputated.  He was found under a car, completely frightened and shook up.  He's been traumatized so we want him to get comfortable in his new home.  I am hoping to get some good bonding time in this weekend.

Before his tail surgery

This weekend's long run is up to 11-12 miles.  It sounds so simple, but coming back from an injury really requires easing in, as most of you know.  I've had some great runs this week and I'm starting to feel stronger each day.  My tempo pace is becoming more comfortable and I don't need to take as many rests.  I am also really enjoying my training plan.   I have a crazy, hilly half marathon coming up in a month and I am completely petrified.  A part of me just wants to sell my bib and drop out of the race because I don't feel strong enough to race it.  That would make me such a weakling, so I can't do that, but boy do I want to.

Until then, I'll use all of those fabulously fast ladies to inspire me to push hard and run long. 

Happy running!