I've been a very lazy, bad runner girl!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
I haven't done a blog since right before my USMC half marathon in October and I haven't been running since December. I've been the biggest procrastinator and I just haven't had the energy or inclination to get out there and run. Here's a quick timeline to catch everyone up on what's been going on:
Oct 1st - I ran my very first half marathon - the Jax Marine Corps Half! My son was unable to attend as he was in final preparations to leave for Marine Corp Boot Camp on 10/24 and had to attend a special training day at his recruiting station. My husband and two best friends went with me and it's a race that I'll never forget. From the cival war cannon blast that started the run to the hard fought final mile to finish, it was an amazing run which I intend to do again in 2012. It was a joint half and 5k with the 5k runners vearing off just before we came upon the first of two bridges that we would be crossing in downtown Jacksonville. But...just before the 5k turnoff, we could hear the cadence and stomp of three squads of Marine Corps recruits from the Jax recruiting station coming up from behind us and passing in formation to take the 5k turn. It was definitely inspiring and got the half runners off to a great start. The half passes through several of Jacksonville's "little villages" and each one has a style and a sound of it's own as we were serenaded by various bands as we ran past. Everything from jazz to rock to new age. This half was very much a perfect beginner's half. Great inspiration, well layed out, great party atmosphere, good security along the route and wonderful people coming out of their homes and apartments to cheer us on. I heartily recommend the race for anyone in the North Florida/South Georgia area or if you're looking for a travel destination.
I finished the half in decent shape for it being my first and recovered well with light training the rest of the month of October. My son left for Boot camp and I stayed in training mode and ran a 5K in November for Veteran's day and even PR'd. No races peaked my interest in december and I concentrated on a remodeling project on my house and the holidays. After the holidays, it was a push to finish the remodeling as my son would be coming home on leave for a week at the end of January and it was his room we were working on. Spent the week of January 17th at Parris Island for his USMC Graduation and the week after with him at home before he left for his combat training school.
February so far this month has been dismal in both weather and my thoughts about running. I am finally getting the bug again and have realized...OMG, it's the middle of the month and I have three races that I want to attend in March, so I better get my butt in gear. This weekend starts my official return to heavier training, I've been walking off and on with a good friend at work during lunch hour, a few light runs, but not training runs. Hopefully I can put the pedal to the medal and be in shape since not only do I have three races in March, I'm also hoping to run another Half the end of April. I will certainly try to blog more now that my running season is starting to heat up. Did anyone else go through a serious slump and is trying to climp out of it? Feel free to contact me, maybe we can encourage each other this year.