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Ready to Race

Posted Mar 20 2013 9:00am

After a few health hiccups and a busy start to the year, I can tell I am starting to feel healthier and more like myself again.

I’m starting to get the itch to run outside, and more specifically, to race.

Despite wind chills in the single digits yesterday, I was seriously considering running outside. Then I had a very enlightening conversation with my mother.

Me: I want to run, but it’s too cold outside.
Mom: Yeah, it’s really terrible out there.
Me: I don’t really want to run on a treadmill. Maybe I’ll see if the gym has any good classes tonight.
Mom: But then you have to walk to the gym in the cold, and then you’ll get all sweaty, and then you’ll get colder when you walk home…
Me: Thanks for the encouragement, Mom.

Mom is an exceptional cheerleader at races. She does not like me venturing out into the cold weather to train, however.

Mom is an exceptional cheerleader at races. She does not like me venturing out into the cold weather to train, however.

So, instead of spend my night outside running or at the gym training… I signed up for lots of races. I’m still putting together my 2013 race schedule, but there are three races on the calendar now! I’m excited that this includes one big one.

26.2, yo.

26.2, yo.

A marathon! 26.2 miles. It’s been two years since my last marathon , and I am hoping to shave some minutes off that time this summer. Well, actually, I don’t have a choice. My marathon PR is 6:08:56 and this course limit is 6:00! But given my pace for other races, I think it’s beyond doable. Bring it on, Twin Cities!

2012 was a pretty minimal racing year for me. The Nashville Women’s Half with Team Challenge was my big race of the year, but I spent a lot of last year sorting out my new Crohn’s diagnosis, adjusting to a new job and schedule, and dealing with some other things that life threw my way. I’m ready to be back to the routine of running and racing that makes me feel like me.

So hurry up, nice weather! I’ve got some running to do.

What’s on your summer/fall race schedule?

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