Saturday, 31 January 2009

and it begins again

Yes, it has come again, the start of marathon training, hello streets, goodbye social life.

Tuesday nights are clinic nights and again I am the 5-hour pace group leader. It is just the commitment I need to get me out there on windy winter nights, and sunny freezing Sundays. When you run with a group, well, we all rely on one another for motivation, we share laughs, sometimes tears, and usually grunts and groans about the weather (that is mostly from me!).

Although I missed my spin class this week due to cross training, (that would be shoveling snow), I will be more diligent at attending at least two classes per week until the weather breaks and I can once again get out on Ruby Red Rose. I'm sending in my application today to join the Century Ride called the Rideau Lakes Bike Tour to Kingston, Ontario in June. This should be a riot and since it is the week after my marathon, I should be in some semblance of fitness.

Today is cold but bright and sunny and I'm heading into town to go look at snowshoes, yes, snowshoes. I've put my cross country skies and boots in the local second hand store so now I have a credit burning a hole in my wallet. Do I get snow shoes or put the money into upgrading Ruby?

What's a girl to do?

So, that's it for now kiddo's....

Life's fun if you don't weaken,

Lily

26 comments:

Marlene said...

Great idea to join the group. In the winter, it is wat too difficult to stay motivated all alone.

And with the weather we're having, I`d say snow shoes are a good investment!

Melanie said...

lol, snow shoes are definitely a good idea! The century ride sounds great, and good luck with your marathon training! And I think you'll make an excellent group leader and motivator :)

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

WooHoo! Marathon training begins!

p.s. i'm moving my blog and will go private on this one. you're welcome to continue reading if you wish.

Wes said...

I hear peeps are REAL sociable at marathon training :-)

Jess said...

A running group is a nice way to stay motivated and I can imagine that being a pace leader motivates you even more!

TNTcoach Ken said...

LOL.... I'm with Wes, aren't marathoners social? That's all I hang out with now... Forget real people.

Kim said...

Is your century ride 62 or is it 100? Either way...a week after your marathon girl??? I DO think that snow is getting to you!

Enjoy the sunny day.

BeachRunner said...

Hope you have a great weekend. :)

bluecolnago said...

nothing like jumping in with both feet! a century! good for you, girl! :)

have fun with your training!

Judi said...

good for you, getting out to lead a group. you needed that commitment to get your ass out there and train! you go girl!

Run Mommy said...

That's excellent that you are leading! I too will be in Ottawa for #2. Perhaps I will find you there!

Nat said...

Good on you! Me, I decided to explore the finer point of Pinot Grigio... in rather large quantities.

The thought of running makes me want to hurl.

Mary Gee said...

Snow Shoes! I say snow shoes!

Anonymous said...

well then... spin away girl... spin away!

Ter

Alexandra said...

Snowshoes, of course, is my vote! If you are ever out this way in the winter, I could show you some great places to snowshoe!

How great that you are pacing the marathon training group. I tip my hat to you!

Vickie said...

Nothing like commitment to get you out the door whether you want to or not! That's what brings out the toughness in us.

Marcy said...

Ehhhhh who needs a social life? ;-)

Steve Stenzel said...

Hey, you can miss spinning to shovel!!

And I don't know what you should do with the cash... have fun!!

Laurel said...

Good luck with the new training plan. I miss my old marathon training buddies down in Miami.

Mendy said...

Girl, look how far you've come! Pace leader. What an awesome experience you will have. Liked your opening line. goodbye social life. haha.

robison52 said...

I would consider running with those of like minds is a social life, the best kind of life.

Chic Runner said...

I am in the same boat. We can vent about not having friends together. ha ha

aron said...

yay for marathon training :) mine starts a week from today!

Chris said...

Wow. Training already? I have only been away a few months and I completely missed your offseason.

Good luck with your century!

Shilingi-Moja said...

Good luck on the training and on the marathon.

Vava said...

Hey, that's great! I hope that someday I will be a proficient enough runner to perhaps not only join a running group, but maybe even lead one. You are inspirational, and I hope you have a lot of fun training for the marathon.