Change of Plans

It has been quite some time since I have written a proper blog post, and I stayed up last night until 3 am constructing a riveting account of my training during the past few weeks, full of moving prose and lots of really good pictures-the kind of stuff you’ve come to expect from my blog. I am not too humble to say it was my best work yet, so, naturally, my new iPad failed to update the finished product and the entire thing is gone. True story. Mostly. But the show must go on!

In the last couple of months, I traveled to Arizona (twice), Istanbul, Dublin, Cork, Paris and Rome! It was the trip of a lifetime, and I had more fun than I can even possibly put in to words. But I’m going to try. I’m working on a detailed recap of my travels, including a blog post for the San Francisco Marathon about my experiences running and training abroad (thank GOD I still believe in handwritten drafts!), which I will share as soon as it is ready to publish!

I had an incredible trip overseas, but my return to the US was a tad rocky. Jet lag was a BI-OTCH, and I also brought back with me to the States what I like to call the “Slane Flu,” which I contracted after spending 9 hours at an outdoor Foo Fighters concert in the pouring, bone-chilling rain of Slane, Ireland. More on this later. I returned to work the day after our plane landed (needing a vacation from my vacation did NOT go over well with the bosses), and up until just over a week ago, I was coughing up horrid amounts of phlegm. Needless to say, I did not run for an entire 3 weeks, and I have decided I am not physically or mentally prepared to take on the entire 26.2 miles of The San Francisco Marathon. Which is totally cool because I have already spoken to The Powers That Be and can still switch to the half πŸ˜€ I have decided that I will instead run the second half of the marathon course. I’ve run the first half of the race twice, and the full marathon last year, so I thought it was time to give the second half a chance to WOW me.

Even though my race plans have changed, I am still SUPER psyched about the SF Marathon. I am an ambassador for the race, and it is great fun promoting my FAVORITE running event in the Bay! In the coming weeks, I will be participating in some SF Marathon-related events in the area, including the Race Expo. I may have also ended up in a few promotional materials:

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Last week I received two shipments from San Francisco Marathon partners, Zico Coconut Water and Perfect Bar!

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Coconut water is a staple of my hydration system while training, so I am super happy to have a fridge stocked full of Zico.

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And Perfect Bar. I can’t. I had never tried these protein bars before, but they are beyond. I won’t admit how quickly I polished off the box they sent to me, but I’m going through withdrawal.

July is a very exciting running month for me, and thankfully my training is back on track. There are 3 1/2 weeks until race day, and I’m going to be ready for you SF (second half)!

Happy Running!

-J

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6 thoughts on “Change of Plans

  1. Yeah, I have to be honest with myself. If I run the full, I’m going to feel terrible for most of it! I know, an update is much needed..if I could just stop picking up shifts at work! πŸ˜€

  2. Good plan!! I bet the 2nd half of the marathon will be better when you don’t have to run the first half first!! πŸ™‚
    I feel your pain with writing a post and losing it! It has happened to be more than once!! 😦

  3. You are definitely making the right decision. I’ve deferred two half marathons so far this year because I am not training properly (really, not training at all). It’s tough to make a decision like that but in the long run it is for the best. I love your race recaps so I’m looking forward to that later this month!

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