Taking a cue from the Redhead and my girl Katie, I decided to go with a 3 Things Thursday post. Well that, and I'm out of title ideas! :)
1. Running is like a relationship. Some days are easier than others. I always used to tell my un-married friends that marriage takes a lot of work, but when you're with the right person it doesn't feel like "work." I think that running holds that bit of truth, too. Monday my run was awful. Lasted 4 miserable miles on the treadmill for a recovery run before calling it quits. Tuesday was more of the same, only 7 HOT WINDY miles outside with my knees screaming at me. I scraped the speedwork and hoped just getting the miles in would help. Yesterday though, the knees were angry but manageable and I lasted 9 decent miles with an average 7:56/mi pace. I ran to the gym, 3 miles, ran 3 miles on the dreadmill and did a bazillion crunches and weights, then ran 3 miles home. Yes, I was spent. And it was a difficult HOT WINDY run again, but this time, it didn't feel like the previous two days. Go figure. Some days you win some, some days you don't. I guess that's why we all keep coming back - those days where the "work" just feels so right. I can happily say, my relationship with running is a lot like a marriage.
2. I have a long run and a 10K trail race this weekend. I'm more nervous about my 18 mile long run than the race. I NEED to get my bootie up early and get it done so I don't have a complete 3 hour suffer fest like last Sunday. I am going to make Friday a rest day and then bring it on Saturday! I have high hopes...right now. Sunday is a 10K trail race with some bloggy-local buddies of mine! PunkRockRunner and Stacey are joining me and I'm hoping to really race this one. It's the same organization who put on the 10K I won my AG in the beginning of the summer and the one I ran with Stacey just a few weeks ago. They cap the entry at just 50 peeps a distance so it's easy if you really run it to walk away with some extra bling. I need some bling right now - actually, my ego could really use it :)
3. Finally, on a more personal note, I'm starting my own tax accounting firm next month! Wow, I can't believe I wrote that out. it's been a long time coming and I haven't actually put my notice in at the firm I'm at yet - so mum's the word with my boss :) But I'm super excited to get out on my own. I will have a schedule that is my own, I will have the ability to take on clients that interest me and I want to help, and above all, I will be my own boss. I'm nervous as hell, so excited I could wet my pants, and can't wait to make it official. So, in a shameless plug, if you or anyone you know needs help with taxes, personal and small business, bookkeeping or some financial advice, go on over and check out my new web page, Marathon Accounting & Taxes and drop me a line. You like the name, no? I'm so original :) I've had this in the works for so long I can't believe it's almost official. My dream is to be able to balance the company and a family at the same time. Actually, my dream job would be able to own a Fleet Feet where I get to combine my love for business and running all in one - maybe some day :)
Thanks for listening to my shameless business plug - this was a huge step for me. Have a wonderful Thursday peeps and Happy Running!
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