Racing season has officially begun in Tampa! While many runners I know race throughout the summer months, we'd like spontaneously combust down here if we tried that. At least I would :0) via GIPHY Instead, winter starts off the racing month in these parts. And up next for me: Hot Chocolate 15K. Hot Chocolate 15K Tampa I'm super excited about this race! I haven't … [Read more...] about Up Next: Hot Chocolate 15K, Tampa
Ready, Set, Go . . . Then Stop . . . Let's start out this story by saying I went into this marathon completely trained and ready - for a road race. Backing up some, you may recall the marathon I had trained for, the Ft. Myers Marathon, got cancelled just a week out. I'd put my heart and soul into training for this race. Rented a room. Had my mom coming to town. Then, like … [Read more...] about When a Full Becomes a Half: Trails, Twisted Ankles, Tough Times
So this is it! After all the training, after the first marathon being cancelled, after another twenty miler, the time has almost come: Marathon Time! Marathon Number Four! Time for the X Country Marathon in Tampa, Florida - Alafia park, to be exact. Next week at this time I will be about an hour and a half into my fourth 26.2. Fourth!! I am so excited! Mom is coming up; … [Read more...] about Marathon Time! One Week and Counting
For the past four months I've been in full out training for the Ft. Myers marathon. I stuck to my plan. I worked hard. I had a lousy eighteen miler due to the heat but a phenomenal twenty miler. I was on point with my time, and I felt strong going into my taper. I was ready to go! Then, last week, I got an email: the race has been cancelled. Postponed, they … [Read more...] about Marathon Cancelled: Adapt. Overcome.
Oh, summer in Florida. It comes in around March and lasts until November. This meme from ABC says it all . . . Oddly enough, this year our summer is not only lasting a long time but the heat of the day is hitting the 100s; typically we are past this point and it isn't quite so hot. I can say I felt it strongly this past Sunday during my 18 miler. Rewind. 16 … [Read more...] about Long Runs, Humidity, and Mind Pain: Or, Marathon Training!