This is a quick update on a few things going on, just to keep current!
1. RACES!!! I’m in the mood to race, and am succumbing to peer pressure. My dear friend Gwen keeps saying “Boston is in your future”. I never really had the urge to run Boston, but maybe, just maybe, I could qualify and then do it? A bucket-list sort of mentality, at the very least. That being said, to qualify for Boston means I need to run my FIRST EVER MARATHON. That’s right, folks, Lara’s longest races have been Half’s. I’m thinking of making the California International Marathon (CIM) my maiden voyage. Gwen ran CIM last year and tried to talk me into it. Last year I wasn’t ready, but this year? I’m ready to give it a shot! Question: what’s your favorite method for training for a marathon? Who has the best tips? I’m open to all suggestions!
2. I just registered for the LaSportiva Eldora 11K Trail Race, held in Eldora, CO on August 8. That’s in a week and a half. Those of you following this blog know that I’m just coming back from a long vacation and the flu, which means my endurance and strength is pretty low. I’ve had a few good runs this week, but don’t have any illusions that I’ll be PR’ing at this race. I’m going to have a good time, and that’s about it. Is anyone else running this race next weekend? Come on, it’ll be fun!
3. I’d like to do a Half in September, and am thinking about the Boulder Backroads Half Marathon on September 12. It’s pricey for a Half, which might actually make me look elsewhere for a more reasonable race. I’ve heard this race is great, but $80 for a Half? Yikes. Do you know of an awesome Half in September somewhere in the Colorado area that’s under $50? If so, PLEASE tell me about it!
4. I’ve been working with a nutritionist/acupuncturist on my chronic digestive issues. I’m cautiously optimistic that she has recognized some pieces in the puzzle, and that the supplements and treatments will actually make things improve. She says that if this works, I should actually have more energy within a few weeks, and a ton more in 4-6 weeks. This is huge. Will add more to this later, when I have something concrete to report.
5. I gained about 3 pounds this past month, and feel incredibly flabby. There’s a roll that hangs out over my bikini bottom now, and I’m incredibly self-conscious about it. Here’s the funny thing though; when I complained about it to my husband, he didn’t have any idea what I was talking about. He LIKES the softness of my belly, and what makes me cringe is actually something that is desirable. I’m still a little flummoxed by this difference in perception between us, and need to think on this some more. Men and women, what’s your perspective on a little belly softness in an athletic woman?
Okay, that’s all I’ve got right now. I have to go look at a bug house my daughter made out of sticks and bark. See ya this weekend after my Saturday morning run!