Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Flurry of Activity

It's been a crazy busy couple of days in Furball land. It all started last night when I got home from work (running late as usual), suited up against the arctic temperatures and headed out for the first 3 miles of training for the Eau Claire Marathon (124 days from race day - now 123). I used this run to start breaking in my new running shoes - the Adistar Salvation 2.0 (I have over 400 miles on my previous pair).

Things did not go according to plan. The first mile was okay, but after that I had to stop approximately every 1/2 mile to re-tie my shoes so I didn't feel like my heel was going to come out of them! On top of that, the front of the shoe is so stiff that my foot didn't really roll properly on each step, so I felt like my feet were sort of "slapping" the pavement. Sigh. We'll see what happens after they get a little more broken in. I loved my first pair of Salvations and I really don't want to have to go through the process and expense of finding another shoe to run in!

Anyway, my last mile was uphill and into the wind. Ugh. Let me say now that I've never been happier to get back into my warm house!

Tuesday's Running Stats:
Distance: 3.1 Miles
Time: 29:22
Avg. Pace: 9:28

After that, I jumped in the shower, attempted to sort-of blow dry my hair, added a little make up and Mr. Furball (aka The Husband) and I were off to meet some friends for dinner.

While we were there, one of our friends mentioned that his company is doing a team running event in February (Valentine's weekend) and they were in desperate need of more females to run for them. Of course I agreed immediately, so I now have my first race of 2011 scheduled for February 12th. It's an 8k (approx. 5 miles) course and it's practically in my backyard. Yay for not having to travel to a race!

The five of us at dinner also discussed doing another race later in the summer. Doesn't this look wild?!?!

Warrior Dash - Minnesota

It looks like I'll be organizing a group of somewhere between 4 and 15 people to do the event in Minnesota in July 2011.  I can't wait!  I've never done a mud run before!

Finally, it looks like Mr. Furball and I will be destroying painting and redecorating our home office this weekend.  Stay tuned for before and after pics as I attempt to channel my inner Young House Love and enjoy New Year's Eve and Day festivities!

What are your plans for New Year's?

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