Twenty Six Point Two

run, rest, eat, bitch, buy things, cross-train, blog, repeat.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I'm a marathoner again!

Well, I did it, you guys!!!!

I survived the Monkey and finished my first marathon in almost 2 years. More details to come, but I thought I'd let y'all know.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Random stuff from the NY Trip that I didn't post already.

 Finally got The KoB to the High Line.

 It was night time. Obviously. 
And I'm sure I hyped it up way too much.
So, I 'm not sure if he was as wowed by it as I continually am.

 Then again, it's The KoB, it's hard to get
a gauge on his feelings. And I didn't want to
be that annoying person who was like..
Don't you love it? Isn't it amazing?
Even though I wanted to ask both of
those questions a zillion times.
I'm sure I still did ask 15 times.

 I also realize that all this photos look like shit, 
because they were taken at night.
This is the Empire State Building from the High Line.

 We were staying in the Times Square Area
(I'm not going to complain, because, even
though I find that whole part of the city to be the least
interesting and the most annoying, IT'S STILL NYC). 
 A bonus of being there, we hoofed it up to
Seriously, my fave in the city, I think.

 Sunday night, I had to find a UPS store/box* to return 
the dress I rented from Rent the Runway for the Ball.
And I got behind this guy for awhile.
He was holding an old school phone handset up to his ear
and blasting the song: "The Hills" by The Weeknd
Which, up until this moment, I loved and thought the song
was kind of hot**. Now, I everytime I hear it, I think of this guy.
Not hot.

*Surprisingly HARD to find one of these on Sunday Night. I finally found one in the basement of the Toys R Us in Times Square. Yeah, I have no idea, either. 
**I have no idea what the song is about or what the lyrics are, so, if the song is lyrically misogynistic or about killing baby birds or something, then, I had no idea. I just thought the beat was hot. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Running

So, I ran 11.2 miles on Saturday and 10 miles on Sunday and neither of those runs were very fun or felt easy. WHY OH WHY then don't I just bail on the marathon I'm signed up for this weekend?

What I should be doing...

I mean, I'm not trained for it, AT ALL. I will likely spend a lot of the day walking the hills and hating my life. I was pretty convinced by the end of my run on Sunday that I was just going to bail on the race this weekend.

But, I have been bailing on my running for awhile now. I was supposed to run the full in Cincinnati in 2014, and I just ran the half. I was supposed to do R2R2R at the Grand Canyon in 2014 and I just did the R2R. I was supposed to run the full in South Carolina in March 2015 and I just did the half. And sadly, there are probably others that I'm not thinking of right now. So, bailing has kind of been my MO lately and frankly, I need to snap out of it.

Is it going to hurt? Yup.
Is it going to be boring? Yup.
Is it ridiculous? Yup.
Is there a guarantee that I'll finish? Nope.

But, I HAVE to start it. And I have to push myself to try and finish. I haven't ran a marathon since Baton Rouge 2013. That is C-R-A-Z-Y. The marathon has become a distant memory for me and I'm sad about that. I want to get back to the days of jogging marathons and having fun doing them JUST BECAUSE I CAN and not because I'm chasing a goal. 

So... yeah, here I come marathon. It's not going to be pretty, but dammit, I'm going to do it.

Thursday, November 12, 2015


This past weekend The KoB and I got to go to NY for a Charity Ball. The company that he works for bought a table at the shindig and we got all gussied up with some of his co-workers for the event.
We clean up pretty well, I think.

I wish we had to dress like this everyday.

We had an absolute blast. Lots of food, booze, and dancing. It's like my trifecta of fun. On the flip-side of that, it means I didn't get in a long run this weekend. Sure, I had delusions of running 20 miles in Central Park on Monday. But, we settled for a touristy 5 miles. It was fun and it's not like the 20 miler is going to do me any good at this point anyway. (Apparently, I'm just always delusional about something).

I feel like this gif is the story of my life.

On the Weight Watcher's front, I have lost 12 pounds in 10 weeks. I couldn't be more thrilled. Especially considering I have been out of town for 4 weekends out of those 10. And damn if it isn't hard to eat healthy when you're traveling. I'm going to keep trucking and hope that I can drop the next 17 pounds within then next 20 weeks. (I had an original goal of being my goal weight by 12/31, but, yeah... that ain't happening).

On the Running front, I am just going to keep trucking with that, too. I'm feeling good and while my endurance isn't good enough for a marathon... I think I will at least survive in a couple of weeks. And, honestly, I'll just walk as much of the damn thing as I have to. No shame.

I am TOYING with the idea of letting a late Spring Race be a goal race (as opposed to a just cross the state off the list race). But, damn, it's hard to train during Tax Season. So, we will see. And by goal, I mean, just any specific time goal. Probably be something like, Break 3:50 or PR or something. TBD. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank You

Saying Thank You isn't enough. But, it's something.

Thank you to all those who have served in the military and those currently serving in the military. Your sacrifice and bravery is greatly appreciated.


Consider supporting one of these charities that supports Veterans:
Puppies Behind Bars.
Pets for Patriots
War Dogs Making It Home
Pets for Vets

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Marathon Training Cramming Weekend 1 Recap

As I declared last week, I am running a marathon in less than 20 days. So, operation, CRAM ALL THE MILES IN BEFORE THEN has officially started.

So, in an effort to get into shape quick (hahahhahahhahah). I ran two back-to-back longish runs. I ran 12 on Saturday and 14 on Sunday. (I tried to only run 12 on Sunday, but Liz was being a real bitch good friend and urged me to keep going for a couple of miles).

Overall for the week, I ended up with just over 35 miles. Not bad, but not great.

I'm fully aware that this Marathon in a couple of weeks is going to suck hard. And it's all my fault. But, I am enjoying running so much now that jogging/walking/crawling through a marathon doesn't really sound all that awful. OMG.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

How to train for a marathon in 3 weeks.

So, I have a marathon in 27 days.

I haven't ran 20 miles or more since April 2014.

I will probably die in 27 days.

Should I bail on the marathon? Yup. Will I? Nope. The thing is... even though I'm not trained to run a marathon, I am on a decent little streak of running and I am actually REALLY enjoying running right now. Sure, it's slow and it's a grind, but I kinda feel like a runner again. It's glorious.


So, I want to just plow through and try to run as much as possible before the race and then just suffer through it as best I can. (It will be a SLOW, LONG marathon). 

Here's the plan.

Weekend 1:
Saturday: 10 miles
Sunday: 16 miles

Weekend 2:
Friday: 10 miles
Saturday: Probably not much (traveling)
Sunday: 10 miles
Monday: 20 miles (I will probably die).

Weekend 3: 
Saturday: 12 miles
Sunday: 20 miles

Race Weekend:
Friday: 8 miles
Saturday: 5 miles
Sunday 26.2 miles.

Is this dumb? YUP. Will I injure myself? Maybe. Do I recommend this for other runners? Hell no. Will this be entertaining for you guys? Probably.

 I've made a huge mistake.


 * Thanks for the wins, Ol' Ball Coach.