Tuesday, September 20, 2011
For some strange reason as I'm starting to write, the song Defying Gravity from Wicked is playing through my mind. Maybe it's a little appropriate for how I feel about the last several months and whats in my immediate future. Hope it continues to inspire me!
To start...I’m sorry Sparks Gods, I‘ve been a very bad girl, it’s been months since my last entry or blog. Though I have not been listing my fitness or nutrition and I’ve been off the blog, I have not been off the Sparks Team boards or off the run. I’ve been maintaining my running and I’m currently on taper for my first half marathon on October 1st.
Here’s a quick rundown of the high points since I last blogged.
February I ran the Royal Family 5K which is part of the Disney Princess weekend. Stayed with my mother-in-law who lives in the area and we had a great weekend. I enjoyed the Princess Expo and the race immensely and had a PR.
March I ran a little 10K called the Trail of Payne and boy, they weren’t kidding. This race was my first attempt on a 10K and it was off road and through the woods of Payne’s Prairie outside Micanopy, Florida. I discovered it was not a run for the faint of heart. About 3 miles in I tripped on a tree root and twisted my ankle. Nothing serious but it took another mile and a half to work it out. Could have been a real problem if it hadn’t and I had to limp the rest of the way. For my first 10K it was okay…but I learned that I definitely prefer the asphalt.
July 4th brought the 33rd Annual Melon Miler, one of the first races that I ran last year. It was a real treat to run a familiar race and I enjoyed dropping almost 5 minutes off the last year’s time and 1 minute off my Royal Family 5K PR.
August was the Ovarian Cancer Run or as I titled it in a previous blog, the race day from hell. This year however, though the morning was very hot and muggy, the race ran smoothly and much to my amazement, not only did I seriously lower the time from the previous year, I also came in 2nd in my age group and I was awarded my first race medal!
September has been quiet without any races and all my thoughts and training is geared toward my first half marathon. I’m running the Jacksonville Marine Corp Half on October 1st and I admit to being a little nervous. This race is on my top 5 bucket list of races due in part because my son will be deploying to Marine basic training shortly afterwards. He’s been helping me train and was originally going to be there for support but unfortunately he will be with his recruit group being put through their own paces for pre-ship out. We’re both extremely disappointed that they chose that weekend to do it, but…that’s the military.
The main reason for my being nervous is that…
1. It is my very first half and so I don’t know what all to expect.
2. I’m going to be all alone (usually on long distance races involving an overnight stay, he came with me)
3. This half includes two long bridge crossings over the St. Johns River
4. I have a fear of heights and water.
My training has been going well enough that I don’t really have a fear of not finishing…just dealing with the nerves until the actual start because it is such a big race for me emotionally and I’m doing it without any friends or family to support me. Have any of you had these kinds of races in the past or are they in your future? I’ll let you know how my adventure went upon my return.