A fond farewell to Nike+

Dear Nike+,

It’s been awhile since the last time we went for a run. I hope you’re enjoying your new home with my sister. I think you’ll have fun in Florida. We’ve done a lot together. 3 marathons, 4 half marathons, and a whole bunch of 5k & 10ks. We’ve done a lot over 2 1/2 years. Sometimes you didn’t tell me the truth. Sometimes you didn’t work like you were suppose to. Maybe you wanted me to feel good about my pace and how far I was running. We’ve had ups and downs, but now I have a new friend. I hate to say that I’m running even better with my garmin watch Clyde, but I wouldn’t be able to move ahead if you hadn’t gotten me in such good shape. I enjoyed the challenges, and the graphs. It’s time to move on. Despite the fact that I enjoy seeing the mileage we’ve done together, it’s time to move on. So thanks for the good memories, and great runs. I’ll never forget them.

The Hay is in the Barn

Well, it seems technology is just not on my side today (Saturday). Our DSL is not working. No one in the house can get online. (since you’re reading this you know it’s now working again :))
Saturday morning I went for my last long run before next week’s marathon. It was really great going back to a Team in Training GTS. I got to see my coach from Nike who reminded me of a few things that would help next Sunday (like if I get tight for goodness sakes stop and stretch this time). Plus I got to see friends for the first time in a long time. It was really nice despite the gross weather. Cold and rainy was not really the weather I wanted after getting over a chest cold, but I had an awesome run with one of my Nike teammates who is a run/walker. It meant I got a nice relaxed run that wasn’t too fast. I might have also gone ahead and ordered the Garmin Forerunner 305 that I’m rewarding myself with. Oh, and I scored free 2nd day delivery. Sweet!! The Garmin will be here Wednesday. It might go for a run on Thursday…. It’s going to be hard to leave it in the box until the race is over with. Plus my Nike+ seems to be having issues with distance again.
I also had a really good chat with a friend who has qualified for the Boston Marathon before, and gave me a few pointers. I need to add and change a few things in my training to start working on getting faster. I’m totally excited about training after I recover. I have a ½ marathon coming up in March, so I need to figure out a recovery and training plan. I think working towards Boston is going to be a lot of fun! It’s going to be a challenge and it might not be so fun some days, but I like a good challenge.