Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Running Blues

I wouldn't call myself a runner. I run, but I am not a runner. And let's get real......I jog. I feel like to actually be running, you have to get under a 10 minute mile.

However, C and I decided to train up for the Air Force Marathon and Half Marathon, respectively. So I've been trucking along with my runs and feeling really AWESOME. I don't thoroughly love running, but I was getting a lot of satisfaction with each new distance I hit. Prior to this recent bout of training, I had not exceeded 3.75 miles of running. Now, my new record is 5.34 miles! 

That being said---- I have the running blues.

The Air Force Half Marathon is September 21, just two weeks after we tie the knot. That means it is about 7 1/2 weeks away. According my the training plan C cooked up for me, I should have run 6 miles last weekend on my long run, 6.75 this weekend. Last weekend, I ran 2.5 and walked the rest. Today, I was supposed to do 4.5 (although I thought I had to do 5 until I looked just now lol)......I only did 1.5 miles. I haven't run ONLY 1.5 miles since my VERY first run of our training program back in May.

The main difference lately is this----I am trying to transition back outside. I have been happily running on the treadmill since mid-May, and with the exception of 4 runs, every single run has been on the treadmill. And every treadmill run has been a success----I have hit my goals every single time. Every time I have run outside in this training----I have failed.

I would say about 75% of it is in my head. Sure, the transition is real and I may see a setback in my runs, but considering the fact that I could have easily run 4.5 miles on the treadmill at 5.5 mph, I should have been able to run more than 1.5 pathetic miles at a much slower pace outside. (I also decided to sleep in this morning, so I ran at 5:30 pm today when the temp was about 100 degrees and there was only the slightest trickle of breeze.)

I have let my head get the best of me and I am now convinced there is no way I will be ready for the half. 

Anyone else dealt with this? How did you transition back to road running?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Back in Texas

I'm baaaaaaack.

And I'm not too thrilled about it.

90% of the time, I am ok with coming back to Texas after a lovely trip to Maryland. Usually I am ready for the routine of real life to start again.

But man, this was such a great weekend. All I wanted to do was stay forever. My bridesmaids put together an amazing weekend of Bachelorette festivities and Bridal Shower fun. It was amazing.

It didn't help that with the exception of my flyboy, my brother, and a few other notable exceptions, all of the people I care most about in the world were in Baltimore with me. I got to see tons of people, including my future mother-in-law and sister-in-law, as well as ALL of my bridesmaids (for the first time ever in one spot lol).
Bridesmaids! Dani, Kathy, me, Shan, Kit, and Sierra!

beginning of the bachelorette party!

So getting on that plane on Monday was tough.

Let's also not much prettier is Maryland in comparison to the edge of West Texas? Sure, it felt like I was drinking air instead of breathing it, but everything was green and pretty and sunny. For the first time ever, I came back to rain in Abilene, which kind of matched my mood.

The best part, by far, was returning to this sweet face. My other favorite face should be back this weekend :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wedding Wednesday--- Bachelorette, Bridal Shower, and Beauty, Oh My!

TOMORROW I am headed to Baltimore for a fabulous weekend of pre-wedding festivities!

Starting a few hours after I get into town, I am headed to the salon for my hair and makeup trial. I have a few ideas of what I want, but the man-friend reads the blog, so all must remain top secret.

On Friday, I have my first dress fitting. I got to try on my dress a few weeks ago, but this is the first time that a seamstress will look at it on my body, from an alterations perspective. I am super pumped, because it is nowhere near fitting like I want it to, let alone how a dress should. When I tried it on in June, the lady at the shop cinched a whole handful of fabric in at the back to get it close to the right fit.

Come Saturday, it's Bachelorette time! I don't really know what is planned, but I am sure my lovely bridesmaids have something fun on the agenda. And Sunday brings the Bridal Shower!

I am so excited for this weekend. I will get to have all my bridesmaids in the same place for the first time ever! I will get to see my future mother-in-law and sister-in-law, as well as tons of family and friends! It should be a fabulous time, and I can't wait.

So next Wedding Wednesday, hopefully I will have some fun pictures of the Bachelorette and Shower to share!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Is it Wednesday again??

Well hello again, Wedding Wednesday.

I am the worst. I keep meaning to blog more, and I always think up great ideas for OTHER people to blog about. But am apparently inept at it myself.

But, this Wedding Wednesday is super exciting. Because last week we mailed out invitations, and this week we have started getting RSVPs!

My dad now has a hard time leaving the house, in case the mailman comes while he is gone :)

So far, 27 Yesses and 2 Nos! I am super excited about those numbers, because I would prefer if EVERYONE we invited was able to come!

Sending invitations, getting RSVPs, and planning a lot of the small details is making this SO REAL! I am so pumped to marry my best friend :)