Thursday, October 18, 2007

Rain rain go away!


OK I am starting to get mad. Northern Michigan weather has not been cooperating with me. I never was one of those kids that cries during thunder storms, I usually find them more soothing than anything. The pitter patter of rain drops on my roof top puts me into a nice deep sleep where I usually dream of mud races. However when I woke up this morning to the sound of rain I just got aggravated. I haven't seen the sun shine in almost two weeks now, if its not raining it is just plain cold and cloudy. Right now it is only 42 degrees outside, I had planned on running today but yet again I will be confined to the gym. If there is one thing I hate in this world its running on a treadmill. I love running outside, breathing the fresh air and most of all actually going somewhere, seeing new scenery instead of just watching the wall or a TV. Whats even more irritating is I have two big events coming up, most importantly the WMA Cup in Texas over Thanksgiving which has been hard to train for when the weather wont let up. And secondly though weighing a little more on my mind because it is just around the corner, being only 9 days away, is the half marathon I am running with my brothers. I had a whole training schedule planned out that would have me running the full 13 miles two weeks ago. But because it has been so cold I ended up getting sick and in bed for almost a week, then after feeling a little better but still not 100% I am forced to only run when its nice out. I should explain that since getting sick in '04 my immune system is shot, I come down with a cold about once a month and any time I get chilled usually leaves me in bed with a fever. I want to actually be healthy on race day so I have to be careful. I have never ran a half marathon before but I have talked to people who have and said they never ran more than 5 or 6 miles before hand and its just pure determination that allows you to finish. My brother on the other hand disagrees, though its possible he is trying to scare me, telling me I wont finish. We tend to be a little too competitive. As it stands today I have only ran 9 miles. And considering they are calling for tornadoes (not normal for "Normi") I doubt my feet will be hitting anything other than the treadmill today, so you can bet I wont be going far as I hate the feeling of being a hamster in a wheel. Here's praying the rain goes away so I can get back on the bike and on the trail!

8 comments:

Audra said...

Hey there Sarah. I'm not up on all this blogging stuff, but I wanted to drop you a note to say "Hi!". I hung out with you for a couple of days at one of TP's rally's (Subaru Team)up in the UP a couple of years ago. You explained motocross to me, I kind of explained rallying to you. :)
I've been following you ever since. Still working on the husband, to try to get out and see one of your races. Would love to do that.
After meeting you, I actually learned how to ride a dirt bike, I'm happy to say. I've graduated up to a CRF 250X, which I love. I did my first 3 motocross events this year at a local track. LOVED IT!! - So, thanks for keeping me company during that freezing cold rally and for giving me the intro to motocross.
I totally understand your frustration with the weather. VT is getting cold and nasty too. Will be snowing soon!
Anyway, good luck with training, and the marathon with your brothers. Take care of yourself and stay healthy!
Audra

Anonymous said...

9 miles is far enough for 13.1 miles you might really like it i do!mc in wa.

krys said...

hey sarah!
im in the same boat(except that im running the 5.7mile instead), i been gettin sick too! it sucks! anyways ur gunna do great! if ur at 9 miles the last 4.1 miles should be pretty easy...hopefully i'll be stand(maybe sitting) at the finish line waiting and cheerin you and ur bros on ahha, well thats if i dont pass out due to lack of breath somewhere on the trail hahah...
well laters!
KdG

dbrineyjr@gmail.com said...

Hey Super Sarah,

Found your blog today and just wanted to say, very nice. And as far as the weather goes, at least you'll get some more use out of those pink boots you were sporting at Steel City. Good luck on your half marathon. Also nice seeing you at MXoN hope you enjoyed the CN with your win in it. Let us know if you ever need anything. See you next year.

Cycle News - Doug

Sarah Smile said...

Oh my gosh, Audra! I havent talked to you in two years but I have often wondered how you were doing. I was getting updates for awhile, you know who actually blamed me when right after the rally you went home to learn how to ride and hit a tree! (Are you ok by the way?) But then later I got an update on how thrilled your husband is that his wife is not the normal "dont go riding stay home and spend time with me" type but that you actually get him to ride more because he needs to take you. I love it! And I am so happy that I could share this incredible sport with you and to know that you love it just as much now. And racing too! that is just so great! Keep it up and keep in touch. And also thank you for keeping me company that cold rainy weekend two years ago in the UP. Is that race coming up again?

And Krys...
Though the weather is nice today (50) I heard it is supposed to snow next weekend, and since we will be running around the Island it will be even colder! Pack some cold weather gear:)

Neumann said...

Beefcake Whitmore running a half marathon? I don't care who you are, THAT'S funny! I bookmarked your blog and I'm sure I'll enjoy it as much as your column.
Kim

Sarah Smile said...

KIMMY!
Yes can you believe it? Beef cake is going to run 13 miles, actually he has had better luck with training (he runs at his college) than I have and has actually ran the full 13. Dont let that fool you though, he is still Beefier than ever. Nice to hear from you again, tell Jake to stop being a pansy and come over and ride:)

Anonymous said...

let us know how it goes!post your time too! if it goes well you should do a full marathon it really gives you the feeling you can do anything after finishing one.make sure you have good shoes from a running only shoe store they will fit you for the correct shoe. take your time and have fun! mike from wa.