Happy Martin Luther King Day!
I love days like today when it comes to blogging–some folks take the day off, some continue with business as usual and me? Well I just treat it like a free day to talk about anything I please. 🙂
The Cootie Attack
Last week was a tough week in the Acevedo household. The baby got sick with a 102 degree fever on Tuesday and by Thursday we (me and the boys) were under full cootie attack. After finally getting them to a new pediatrician* it was determined that they boys had ear infections and viral coughs.
On Friday I could barely see through the fog that was in my head and I was sneezing and blowing my nose like a crazy person. I truly don’t even remember the last time I was that sick. I could barely get out of bed so I had to cancel Zumba for Saturday. 🙁
Saturday evening found the three of us cuddled in the bed passing tissues to one another. Although we were sick it was kind of fun to have them both in the bed laughing and being nice to one another.
* Since my OP (original pediatrician) retired last year we have been searching endlessly for a pediatrician that is super close to home that we liked, this is the THIRD one we tried and I think we have a winner! The boys absolutely loved her and she was extremely thorough with them. They didn’t want to leave the office! No really. The 3 year old threw an absolute fit!
Run Disney Debate
On Saturday night, on top of recovering from sickness I had a grand case of insomnia, and when I can’t sleep–you guessed it, I am on my phone! There was a very interesting debate happening in the runDisney group (over 100+ comments last time I checked!).
The debate was over the fact that runDisney allows competitors to receive a medal of completion even if they are swept because they couldn’t stay within the 16min/mile requirement. The original poster really didn’t understand why runners wold show up untrained, especially after spending so much money (travel, lodging, race fees, gear, costumes etc) on a runDisney race.
Some people were agreeing with the OP making some really great points:
- we all have 7 months to get ourselves ready for a runDisney race so there are no excuses (true).
- not training could cause SERIOUS injury (somebody even brought up organ failure–say what?!)
- although we are in Disney, its still a Boston Qualifier
- there needs to be respect for runners who ARE looking to PR
Other people were disagreeing with the OP making some more valid points:
- It’s Disney World, there are characters on the course for a reason. (true)
- People know their own bodies, some people may not need to train as hard and as often
- Life gets in the way of training (can I get a amen?)
- The race is expensive and people want to enjoy the experience even if that means walking the entire route
I totally get both sides but then it really had me feeling a way about my own training. As you all know that I have not been as uh, dedicated, as I could be to training for the Princess half in (gulp) 4 weeks. I am definitely not as hardcore as I was during the summer when training for my first half in secret. Training in the winter sucks. The end period. I had gotten so used to running outside (and hello I LOVE IT!) that running on treadmill totally turns me off!
However, I HAVE been way more physically active than I was when I was training for my first half. During that training I BARELY cross trained, and I was hitting the pavement three times a week–only. Since I concluded my race season at the end of November (which–hey–wasn’t that long ago!) I have turned up my strength training by never missing a body pump class, adding spin, plus teaching Zumba every Saturday. Not to mention I recently got back into hot yoga which is doing wonders for my body (at least that is how it feels!). I still run faithfully twice a week and it actually feels as if my running is not as HARD because I am running for 30-40 minutes straight on the treadmill which is unheard of for me.
I figure I really need to dial into my training this week (and the next 4 weeks) to really ready my body for the racing season. Considering that I currently have 4 halfs in 4 months planned so far on my calendar–I need to be ready. The hardest part honestly are the long runs on the weekend because I am usually so spent from Zumba that I don’t want to do anything else! Next best thing? Try to get long runs done on Fridays. Boo. But it must be done.
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Have you been cootie attacked this winter? Which side of the debate are you on?