Monday, December 26, 2005

The people have spoken, and a half it is

At least for now. I really am glad about this decision. My main focus is on the Austin Half in February, and The Big D Half in April. My goal is to finish the Austin Half in under 2 hours and the Big D in 1:50. Both attainable goals if I train properly and incorporate a little speedwork. My ultimate goal is to run another full marathon this fall, perhaps Las Vegas, as I understand this is a really challenging Boston qualifier.*

I ran 5 SLOW miles on Saturday and felt hints of shin splints, my sign that I need new shoes. I've only had my shoes for two months. Huh, I can't believe I'm complaining about getting new shoes. I hope all of you had a happy holiday.

*And by a really challenging race I really mean, a really challenging weekend shopping at Ceasar's Palace and playing craps and drinking martinis** until 5AM.

**And by martini's (plural) I mean one before I start admiring the fraternity boys wandering around Caesar's Palace wearing togas and being hauled off to bed by my long suffering slightly more alcoholic friends.


Blogger Swordspoint said...

You mean before you start winking at your friends!

3:09 PM  
Blogger ~The Modern Tragedy said...

yeah I got new shows for Christmas nike shox I love him been putting some wear into them

3:22 PM  
Blogger KAP said...

So, ya, I just did Vegas earlier this month. It was a blast, super fun, but I did find it hard to stay hydrated in the days before the race (abundant alcohol and the worst tap water I've ever encountered). The course was uber-flat and really easy, and by God Vegas is balmy in December.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Curly Su said...

sounds like a great plan--love the new pic!

4:44 PM  
Blogger Curly Su said...

and the new header, of course!

4:45 PM  
Blogger susie said...

There ya go...a plan. And it's do-able. I'm going to aim for 2 for mine in April...and that's a challenge.

5:16 PM  
Blogger BuckeyeRunner said...

Sounds like a good plan! Those are great target half times. Good Luck! I love the new header and photo! I will email you sometime this week with ideas for my header. I am woefully uncreative, so hopefully I will come up with something good.

5:25 PM  
Blogger partyrunner said...

love the new banner!

yes, susan, vegas is muy, muy challengning. there are distractions everywhere you look. mercifully, the night beofre the race, the cab dropped me off at the back of my hotel, allowing me to not have to walk through the sights and sounds of a sat night in the sin city. good luck!

5:30 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

I miss our Vegas trips. I don't want to be poor anymore.

5:39 PM  
Blogger sarah said...

i like the new pic. your hair looks longer...than it looked the one time i met you? than i thought it was? something like that. anyhow, you and it look very nice. =)

5:53 PM  
Blogger Lora said...

Great goals!! Go for it! Love the new header and pic.

6:07 PM  
Blogger Jon (was) in Michigan said...

Two halves and a full next year. You are braver than me (especially when you include the martinis and gambling).

Watch those darn shins, Susan. I hope the new shoes do indeed help.

6:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P said...

A Garmin for Christmas? You lucky girl. I love the new header and profile picture.

6:44 PM  
Blogger Jennifer P said...

C'mon -- you can do Vegas at +30C and then Winnipeg at -30C.

6:45 PM  
Blogger David said...

Alrighty then. Susan has a plan with all the essential indulgences: running, travelling, martinis, frat boys, temptation, warm weather and shopping.
Your shoes can't be done yet, can they? Are they a different model than before? I like to trade off between two pairs every run to give my feet a little variety. That way they don't get too accustomed to the same impact.

6:56 PM  
Blogger nancytoby said...

Is that a new photo and a new header!? VERY nice!!!!!!

Vegas sounds fun! I'd love to do something grown-up...

7:14 PM  
Blogger Tammy said...

I'm confused.... is it the frat boys wearing togas, or you?? hehe.

8:11 PM  
Blogger D said...

(Nice new header and profile pic!) I think you are making the right decision and those goals are DEFINITELY attainable. You go!

8:46 PM  
Blogger robtherunner said...

I like the new pic and the new header. It's party time with Susan!

12:25 AM  
Blogger CJ said...

You will love your garmin girl - an amazing little training tool! Hope you had a great Christmas.

Vegas does sound kinda fun...!

12:39 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Merry xmas..

hmm doesn't girls alway want new shoes?? :) I don't see a prob there...

2:12 AM  
Blogger iliketoast said...

Marathon in Fall .. which we call Autumn which is before winter and that means carry the season add one ... it's hot here, so must be cool there and if I work that out correctly Vegas in September ... right?

1:50 Big D sounds like someone is going to be doing hills and speedwork ... I'll looking forward to that.

2:41 AM  
Blogger Richard Maas LMT, MTI said...

I like the plan. Very attainable. Simply stunning new profile shot.

7:54 AM  
Blogger Iron Benny said...

I can't imagine racingin Vegas. To much bad stuff to do. Far to much temptation. I'm not strong enough.

11:34 AM  
Blogger Hilda said...

I like that plan a lot with the speed you've developed this last runs and training you will reach them!!

Nice header again!!!

12:06 PM  
Blogger Chad Austin said...

Susan, glad to hear you have a goal. That makes it easier to get out the door.

Nice new header too. I think the scroll of "Runner Susan" would make for a nice tatoo on you.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Thomas said...

Love the new profile picture. It looks very lady-like.

3:01 PM  
Blogger a.maria said...

new pic, new banner, new goals...loving it!

that austin m'thon is one i have on my list of m'thons i'd like to do, so i'll be interested to see how it goes.

2 hours, for you, m'dear, will be cake!

5:59 PM  
Blogger Rae said...

Love the new header and the new pic! Very cute!! I bet if you leave your cell phone behind hitting 2 won't be nearly as difficult! =)

Vegas sounds lot a lot of fun...I need to convince Brent to do that one so I can 'support' him by partying all weekend...

10:06 PM  
Blogger A Girl Running said...

I love the new pic and the banner is my favourite.

12:35 AM  
Blogger D said...

Oh yeah - I forgot to tell you....since I did the full BIG D this April, get ready for hills. My legs were soooo sore after that one.

9:03 AM  

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