Saturday, January 26, 2013

Fa. ree. zing.

This was a cold, cooold, week in New England. And the most amazing thing? I didn't skip miss any of my runs! 

I've decided that running when it's 20 degrees is not that bad. I know this because I ran this morning and it was 10 degrees. And it was cold. It took awhile to feel "warm" and parts of my legs were numb. I felt like I was running with water balloons hanging off my waist. Moving on! 

Here's some proof... Yes, I realize it doesn't show me running, but trust me. I did! 

Luckily, I only had to go 6 miles today. Thank YOU, Hal Higdon! And with those 6, I've wrapped up the first 3 weeks of training and have this much to go...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

When Opportunity Knocks...

So, Friday morning, I wake up. I grab my phone and check the essentials. Email, weather & calendar. I had an extra minute or two so I opened up Facebook and saw a notification from the Running Club. A friend shared a post on our club page with the following message: 
Calling all Marathon and Long Distance Runners! 
Hey now, I'm a marathoner! 
Christine Wyse Casting wants you for an audition this Friday 1/18 in Boston. 
She wants me? Today?!?
We are looking for men and women in their early 20s to early 30s who are serious runners. 
I'm 26 and, uh, working on the serious...  
For more information, and to schedule an audition, please email a recent picture and a brief description of your running experience. If you have an agent, please contact your agent about setting up an audition. Please follow these instructions. Thanks!  
Janice, here! At your service! 
What could this be? Thoughts raced through my head on my entire commute to school... Wondering if I had any decent pictures on my phone to send... do I have to be a fast runner... I've only run one marathon... 

And in a moment of complete curiosity and excitement, I sent the email with a picture from my phone in the parking lot when I got to school.

Ok, so I was really into this. I could already picture myself in the next NikeReebokAdidasNewBalanceAsicsBrooks ad looking like Kara Goucherrunning toward the finish line, or whatever. Hair flowing behind me, glistening (not sweaty) skin, wearing the newest running gear to show America! 

And, sure enough, I got an email later on with more information from Christine Wyse Casting. The audition was until 5pm. The shoot, if you were chosen, would be overnight the following week. But... Women should show up in shorts and a sports bra. 

Aaaand, hold it right there. 


I guess I knew there would have to be some sort of "catch." You had to have a certain physique to make the cut. The only way to find out was to stand half-naked in front of strangers. And I wasn't so sure about that. 

They might say yes. They might say no. Running makes me feel good, feel healthy. I don't want someone to take that away from me based on what I look like in shorts and a sports bra.


I'm not gonna lie. A part of me wanted to check it out, regardless of what they said. 

And maybe I regret it just a wee bit. 

Next time, I'll go with bells on. 

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First Week of Many

So far, so good. Warm-ish weather, new gear, and running buddies on my long run made for a great week. It feels good to be back on a plan with a goal in mind.

I love that MarathonMike is training for this race too. Certainly, he is much faster and his mileage for the week will always be higher than mine, but we're both going through the training together. We'll both be tired, sore and reaching for an extra dessert (ok, maybe that's just me) as we get into the tough weeks.

For the foreseeable future, this will be one of our Sunday tasks... Charge the watches! Cute, isn't it?

Friday, January 11, 2013

Why Run #12

Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still. 
- Chinese Proverb

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Providence, Here I Come!

Guess what? In 18 weeks, I'll be running the Providence Marathon

Honestly, sometimes I still can't believe that I did Cape Cod just a few short months ago. Ever since, my running has been, well... lacking. I know, for me, that I'm much more likely to go for a run after school if I'm following a training plan. I need a goal, a race, to keep me accountable. Providence will do the trick! 

The marathon is mostly flat and part of the course is on a shaded bike path that overlooks the Providence river and city skyline. It's conveniently located about an hour from Boston and the timing is just before concert season at school. And did I mention MarathonMike will be joining me too? So, we won't be running together together, but maybe we'll get to see each other on the course. 

The tough part will be winter running. This is the first time I'll be training for a race in January or February... hoping for little snow and temperatures above 20 degrees! To celebrate the start of a new training season and the need for more winter gear, I got some Reebok tops on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods -- Cha-Ching! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Year

My name is Janice and my last run was December 22nd.

I thoroughly enjoyed the holidays and traveling from here to there and back again. Good times, good food & good conversation. But... no running. New year, new start. New races, new goals. NO EXCUSES!

Happy NEW Year from Running Janice!

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