Friday, January 09, 2009

TGIF!

I can't remember the last time I was so happy that it's Friday. It's been a long week.

Thanks for all of your comments on my last post. A little encouragement goes a long way.

The treadmill run on Wednesday went well. It felt pretty good, actually.

Distance 8.67K/5.39mi
Time 47:41
Pace 5:31/KM, 8:53/mi

I felt like I might be making progress towards recovering My Groove.

I joined the Running Room Marathon Clinic last night and left feeling so motivated and inspired that nothing is going to get in my way. It's a large group with 8 instructors who will assist in dividing us into various pace groups. I recognized many faces from running with the summer marathon clinic a couple times last year, and most of my friends who I met way back in my half marathon clinic (and have kept in touch with) are part of the group. I know it's going to be a lot of fun and a great experience.

We went for an easy 8K last night in various groups. I headed out with the 4:15 group, but based on the pace that I typically train at, it looks like I will be spending more time with the 4:00 group. Our first long run together is this Sunday and the schedule calls for 16K. Many runners have already expressed interest in running 20K instead, so I will likely head out with them and add on another 6 at the end. For the next several weeks, my mileage will be higher than the clinic, but I should be able to make it work.

Tonight is 6K thirds progression, tomorrow is Boot Camp and Sunday is 26K, and I am actually looking forward to it. I think Marlene got her groove back.

The Walt Disney Marathon takes this weekend and I would like to wish a very special GOOD LUCK to Christy who is running her first marathon and representing the Arthritis Society, Lindsay who is taking on the half and full in the Goofy Challenge and Leana who has trained through the beginning of a harsh Calgary winter only to jet down to sunny Florida for the big race. :)

Have a great weekend, all!

26 comments:

Heather said...

The clinic sounds great! Definitely should help keep you motivated and in the groove. Have a great weekend!

J said...

That clinic sounds really great and motivating!! Good luck with the 26k this weekend!

Melanie said...

glad that you got your groove back, and that the people at the clinic are great... it will go a long way to get you through the seemingly endless winter :) have a great weekend!

Jess said...

Glad to hear that you rediscovered your groove!

Road Warrior said...

Wow. You're becoming quite the speedster!

tfh said...

Ooh, way to go! I've been investigating local running groups-- I think the clinic sounds like a great way to keep your groove going.

Marci said...

Awesome Marlene! I was thinking of joining my rr group, but it will be hard with my current training plan. Glad you are getting some good runs in.

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Good job. Now hang on tight to the groove so you don't misplace it again. :-)

Denise said...

That's great that you joined a clinic! That will definitely keep you on track and motivated.

Marcy said...

Alright!! Hopefully it will all be uphill from here, chica!

YAY on joining the running group! ;D ;D

Shoe Running said...

Yeah for getting your groove back! :) Hope your 6k tonight is just as groovy!

Sounds like the marathon group will be fun :)

aron said...

sounds like a great group!!! glad you are finding your groove :)

The Happy Runner said...

Yay for the groove! Keep on grooving and have a great weekend.

Nikemom said...

Have a great weekend groovin' mama!

Katie said...

Whoo hooo, you got your groove back!! The clinic sounds fun and should be great motivation.

Several on my team are doing the Goofy challenge ... CRAZY!! :-)

TNTcoach Ken said...

Sounds like you got your groove and a little bit of somebody else groove back! I love the clinic format, that's how I did my first marathon back in the day!

X-Country2 said...

Looks like it'll be a great marathon!

RunningLaur said...

the clinic sounds fantastic. What a way to train!

joyRuN said...

That Running Room Marathon Clinic sounds so awesome. I wish I had something like that nearby.

Good luck with it & have fun!

BeachRunner said...

The clinic sounds great. Good luck with that. You will be the Groovinator in no time.

Julianne said...

A clinic? What a great idea! I need one myself!! Oh and thank you for always putting kilometers and miles in your blog. I'm metrics challenged!!

Frayed Laces said...

It's amazing how motivating training groups can be! Have fun!

rosehip84 said...

Wow! The marathon clinic? That is great and will keep you going while Mark is across the world! lol

So proud of you, you truly are an inspiration.

I am so jealous of your friend doing the Disney marathone, that would be a blast. If you do it, I will go and cheer you on!

Girl on Top said...

I'm so glad it's the weekend too! And it's only been the first week of my full-time job. Man, it's going to be a long year!

Brian said...

That marathon clinic sounds awesome! Wish I had one around here. Hope you had a good weekend!

lindsay said...

i'm so behind in my reading. belated thanks for the shout out and well-wishes. glad you found your 'lost' groove, and hope the clinic continues to be a supportive and motivating source!