A while ago I had an entire race schedule planned out, up through February's Gasparilla event. Had it inked in, even, on my running calendar. Made some plans around the dates. Then this happened. Then this happened. And everything changed. I always like to start with the bad news first. The Bad Running News First race cancelled. Second race with turned … [Read more...] about Hot Chocolate 15K and Change of Running Plans
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.
My daughter has been working out since last soccer season, keeping in shape so she'd be ready to go this year. She took up some running, and recently ran a 5K with me. She runs on her own a few times each week. She practices toe touches, and we head to the fields on the weekends to practice shooting. This year she would be a lead defender first string going into the year. … [Read more...] about 5 Tips for Dealing with Setbacks, In Life and In Fitness
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!