Sunday, October 30, 2011

Post Marathon Psychosis

The marathon was two weeks ago. It was an amazing experience again this time. Yet so different from last year. Once I've re-gained my mental capacity I'll blog about it. However, this small observation is all I can write about for now....

In the middle of my first season's marathon training I thought, "It'll sure be nice when this intense training is over so I can actually do some things other than eat, sleep and run." By the end of the first season's training I was thinking, "What the heck am I going to do when I don't have to run all the time?"

Well, last weekend we were still on vacation and my husband was doing a half marathon in Oregon. So that weekend was still full of early mornings to go run. No problem.

This weekend was the first weekend we didn't HAVE to get up early and run. In fact, I'm just starting my recovery and I have an over-use injury I'm nursing. So I'm not running much at all right now.

It was a weird weekend. I spent it crafting and reading. Two things I really miss when I am devoted to training. So, I expected to really enjoy it. I did. But I had this nagging feeling like something wasn't right. Also, my body was cranky about not moving or exerting much. I just felt heavy and slow and clumsy. Just kind of icky.

It's so interesting how we get entrenched in the status quo, what ever that may be, and feel 'off' if something changes. Even if it's for the better.

I really thought I would relish in the 'laziness' and time to pursue my hobbies. But no, instead, I felt bothered and a little agitated. But I know it'll be short lived. It's just typical Post Marathon Psychosis! :)

Friday, October 14, 2011

The Jade RabbitThe Jade Rabbit by Mark  Matthews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though the Jade Rabbit is not a story about marathoning, you can tell Mark is an experienced marathoner. The details about running and racing were dead on.

The story is about a social worker who helps lost kids find their way while she is still finding her way through aspects of her life as an adopted child.

The stories of Janice, Sharlene and Hailey were interwoven so smoothly. The parallels between the stories dawn upon the reader like happy surprises. Scenes where Janice's thoughts were moving back and forth between present and past were done well and easy to follow. The story lines were compelling in their own right and they were brought together to create a book that was hard to put down!

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Spying in High Heels (High Heels Mysteries, #1)Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun read! I love Chicklit Mystery and Spying in High Heel delivers. It's a fun fast ready that will have you laughing along the way. There's tension between which male she'll side with and the secondary characters are fun. I kept guessing 'who done it''til the end. Don't expect it to get too deep. It's definitely a 'for fun' read. I'll be checking out the rest in the series. :) 

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

My husband is training for his first Ultramarathon. He did a 25k trail run at Montana de Oro while I was running my measly 14 mile road run in SLO. Here's his video.

Yeah, my husband doesn't just trail run insane distances, he shoots pics and video while he does it. He's amazing!

"The PCTR MDO run scheduled for Sunday was canceled at the last minute, so I decided to follow the 25K course on my own. It was a beautiful day, and a challenging run. This is my longest trail run to date."