Saturday, February 26, 2011

Why I'm doing this...

Two things have prompted me to start this process. 

1. Training for a Marathon:  I get very inspired by reading different running books and articles about people training for a sporting event be it: 1/2 marathon, marathon or triathlon.  However, I get frustrated that many of the articles/books aren't realistic for everyday people.  I have recently signed up for my 4th Chicago Marathon.  I've decided to switch up my training schedule this year by following Hal Higdon's 3 day a week running plan.  I have followed his beginner Marathon training schedule in the past and this involved running 4 days a week.  Yes the three day a week will be less running, but the mileage will be almost the same.  There will be a long run on the weekend, a run mid week which will be half the distance of the long weekend run, and then a tempo run (have to run fast :)).  The other kicker with this schedule is that instead of 18 weeks training program it is 24 weeks in length and there are 3 long (20 mile runs) instead of in the past 2 long (20 mile runs).  I plan to write honestly about my training program.  My schedule will start at the end of April- date will be announced in future post.  I hope to write about not only the physical, but mental challenges a mother of two who works part time faces in training for a marathon along with everyday life. 

2. I recently finished an excellent book which as I've told my book club was "life changing".  Now don't let the title throw you or make you think I'm OMING all the time... Poser: My life in twenty-three yoga poses by Claire Dederer.  It was a very well written book and spoke to me about finding yourself in the middle of your life.  By the end of the book I was actually writing, with a blue pen mind you, in my newly bought hard-cover book.  This to me was a sign that her words were really getting to me.  So much that I was maiming my newly bought book.  The feeling I had after reading this book made me think of how I can share my love or potential dislike for what I've read in way that would be helpful or appreciated among my friends and family.  As many of you know I do love reading and also love reading to my kids.  Enclosed in this blog is also a list of some of my favorites.  Mind you work in progress, because I do have many years to cover.  I also will post, somehow- still work out the whole technical side of this blog template, all the books my book club has read over the almost 8 years of existence with a little thumbs up or thumbs down. 

So there you have it my reason for starting this thing.  I will also, since private, have family life stuff  that will be for your entertainment and hopefully bring a smile to your face.

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