I am very sorry for the delay in this blog post. I really thought that by having less running commitments, I would be able to post more frequently but boy, was I wrong. It really has been a quite a week! Amazing all the things that happen when you’re not marathon training… of course, these are not events correlated with my race schedule but for a second I can pretend that they are.
Last (last) weekend was great; my parents are the new owners of an Elements Therapeutic Massage in Edison. If you are in the area, be sure to stop by to visit! We had some family and friends stop by for the grand opening on Saturday, and it was wonderful to see everyone! It was also great for us to celebrate Mother’s Day as well at home with my family.
Josh had a really late night on Sunday (Mother’s Day – Happy belated Mother’s Day everyone!) trying to pack and get ready for his conference in Florida. Instead of being helpful, I ended up passing out on the floor at 9PM next to our couch and eventually made my way to the bed. I thought I had a rash so I took a dose of Benadryl which knocked me out (P.S. I don’t think I have a rash, so that is good)! Josh left for Florida on Monday morning and I eventually made my way down on Tuesday.
While, he was busy at the conference, I enjoyed myself lounging by pool, reading, exercising, eating, and attending all of the conference’s parties with him. Tuesday night was the party at Universal Studios – part of the park is closed at night for the conference attendees and their companions (yes, that’s me, I have an official pass to prove it too)! We ate our way around the park, I climbed to the top of 42nd Street, and then we went on Despicable Me ride and felt sick afterwards (I think we’re like children and need to be reminded that you cannot go on rides after eating too much food)! On Wednesday night, we attended an event at the House of Blues in Downtown Disney where CeeLo Green performed. Pretty cool, huh?
The rest of the week and weekend was spent with Josh and his family. We had a blast again eating a lot of food, eating a lot of food samples at Costco (which by the way, I absolutely loved! There is something to be said for urban folk going to Costco, it’s my version of Disney), going to Gold’s Gym (which meant paying $7.50 per person to enter as guests since we did not have local IDs), getting lost while running (I will never make that mistake again), attempting to dance with Just Dance 4 on the Wii, and watching two plays at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. It was a really fun and relaxing week – I even have over eight mosquito bites to prove it (yes, I know, gross). Of course to end such a great week, we were delayed four hours on our way home due to the storms up north and in FL.
Specifically on the running front, I only packed one pair of sneakers with me on this trip. I was a little worried that by only bringing my new Brooks Glycerin 10, I would be in trouble in case they didn’t work out but boy, I really liked them! I ran three days on a treadmill in them and one day outside on the roads. I even walked all around Costco in them when we ate all those samples. I am a neutral running shoe gal as it is quite apparent by the number of Asics Nimbus sneakers I’ve worn. Since I am in my off month for training, I figured it was a good time to try a new brand of shoes and I am so glad I did (though I do feel like I am cheating a little bit on Asics). These shoes honestly felt like I was walking on clouds and running in them were excellent as well. To be fair to Asics, I haven’t run in them since the marathon (I’ll give it a go tonight though) and the ones I am wearing now are about half worn. I do have two more new pairs in the closet – the Asics Nimbus 14 and 15s, so it will be interesting to see how I feel when I put those on for the first time. In the mean time, I really enjoy the Brooks and am excited for the new updated Glycerin to come out this summer.
Also on the new running front, I chopped off my hair the weekend after the marathon. I was getting really tired of my long hair and again, since I am in an off month, I figured, why not? When I really need my hair to fit in a full ponytail, it will be longer. Unlike my new sneakers, I am not sure how I feel about the short hair. It is definitely much harder to maintain (I am a no frills person) and I do miss having a longer ponytail. Please remind me of this post when I contemplate cutting my hair more than a couple inches!
Finally, I think I have what is called FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). A friend of mine from a previous job came up with this (so I owe all credit of the disease to her) even though as I google the term it is widely spoken about on the web. She referred to FOMO when she didn’t attend a work social function. In my case, I have FOMO for races. It has only been a little over two weeks since I ran the NJ Marathon but I already missed a number of shorter NYRR runs, the flagship Brooklyn Half Marathon, Newport 10K, and the HOHA 5-miler (which I ran last year). As I see friends and teammates run these other races or when I receive emails reminding me to sign up, I get all antsy (which is a symptom of FOMO). Even though I have other prior engagements and knowing that it is very important for me to fully recover from all this running, I still wish I could run in the races. I clearly have the running bug and FOMO.
Any way, enough of my rambling. What are some new things you are trying with running? And do all runners have the bug and FOMO?