Summer is underway.
I am not sure what I had envisioned this summer to be, but I have spent the first bit of it without a plan. No rhyme, no reason. Just leaving it to happenstance.
Let’s talk running.
After the marathon I tacked my first 10K and then I ran my second half marathon on June 9th, the Ludington Lakestride Half-Marathon.
The awesome thing about this event was that my 11-year-old niece Gracie ran her first 5K race ever and then was there to cheer me on at the finish of my half. She did AWESOME and rocked a 31:57 time!
After coming off of the marathon, I did not have super high hopes for this race, but I was secretly wishing for a PR. The first five miles were promising and I thought that a personal best might happen. And then I hit the ‘trail’ portion of the race.
I am going to be honest, I did not really read over the course description. Had I, I would have noticed that this course takes you on a trail for two miles. And by trail I mean a narrow dirt path thru the woods. Tree roots kept me hyper alert in fear of tripping and the soft sanded areas made me work extra hard for a much slower pace.
I have never ran on trails before in my life. This was all new to me. It was challenging and exciting, but did not really help contribute to my PR dreams.
By the time I got off of the trail I was spent. Oh, and did I mention that I forgot to bring fuel. Big mistake. HUGE. I was nearly out of gas by mile eight.
Luckily the rest of the course was beautiful, flat, and was right along Lake Michigan. I focused on all of those positive things and trucked along. Finally at mile10 they were handing out hammer gel. I have never been so relieved to down the nasty, gooey goop in my life!
After the gel kicked in I picked up the pace again and was able to pass many people. I ended up with a whopping 1 minute PR and a final time of 2:27:35. Does that even count?! Hey, I will take it.
After that race, I began to feel burned out.
What’s a runner to do when she loses her mojo?
Volunteer of course!
Joe and I decided to offer our services to our hometown 5 & 10k, The Kalamazoo Classic. If you ever want to feel inspired, volunteer at a race! It felt so good to give back to the sport that I love so much.
My duty was to collect the racers timing chip after they crossed the finish line. It was so awesome to see the more elite athletes cross, the first time racers, the moms pushing strollers, and even the older gentleman who walked the 5K with a walker. Seeing each runner give their all as they crossed the finish line was such an inspiration. I hope to volunteer at many more races in my future.
I was ready to go out and conquer running again, but then the Heatwave of 2012 hit and all of my running dreams came to a screeching halt. To all of you runners who thrive in hot, humid weather, God bless ya. I am the opposite. I wilt.
So as the temps crept toward and then surpassed the 100 degree mark, I decided that it was the perfect time for a much-needed running hiatus. Two weeks to be exact. And although I thought about running from time to time during my break, I never really missed it. I knew that when I was ready again that it would be there waiting for me.
On Monday, July 9th out of nowhere the urge came. I was ready to lace up my shoes again. I missed training. I missed early morning runs, tempo shorts, and carb loading. Two short weeks was all the break that this heart could handle. I NEEDED to run again.
I set my alarm for 5:30 am the next morning. I set out all of my clothes the night before. I was actually giddy to get up and run.
My legs felt surprisingly good and my body felt surprisingly awake. My mojo was back.
So here is the plan: Fall half-marathon. PR. I am going to throw it out there, I want a 2:20 half-marathon time LIKE WOAH. That means I need to shave seven minutes off of my time.
I have yet to decide on which half that I will do, but I have it narrowed down to a few options. I might even shoot for two races incase one does not go as planned.
So that is what has been going on running wise.
Life wise: happenstance.
My mom began hospice last week so right now I am trying to make the almost three-hour drive to visit her as much as possible. Luckily there have been many celebrations such as birthdays and graduations that have brought the whole family together to cherish the time that we have with my mom.
Today is my mothers birthday even! I am so happy that she is here to celebrate with us. To be honest I am just not emotionally ready to lose this amazing woman yet….but that is a door that I will not open today…
Charlie is growing and doing great. Praise God! She will be taking off before we know it. Future runner? ;-)
The house is coming along. Joe and I are staying busy with projects, but we are also making time to enjoy the beach, go boating, or walking the Rogan pup.
Speaking of huskies, Joe sent this to me today. I literally laughed out loud.
Touche’ pup, touche’.
How is your summer going? Are you flying by the seat of your pants or do you have a jammed packed schedule? Any fall races on the horizon?