Hi all! It's been WAY to long and I don't have any "real" excuse other than being lazy and mostly embarrassed. I, obviously, didn't run the full marathon I was training for and am so disappointed and upset with myself. Although there were legitimate reasons why I didn't actually reach my goal, there aren't any reasons why I have lost touch with my inner runner girl. So here I am, once again, with my marathon goal in front of me, but this time it's a bit different. Welcome to the party, once again...
I ran the Savannah Rock-n-Roll 1/2 Marathon in November 2011. Although it was an awesome race, and I PR'ed, I also learned a very valuable lesson. ALWAYS use Glide on the inside of your thighs. The friction, after 13.1 miles, was more than enough to leave me raw and bloody at the end of the race and not able to walk "normally" for almost a month. I know, YUCK! The good news is that because the temperature was around 50 degrees, my body was numb and I didn't feel anything, well much, until my post-race bath. AND I did PR with 2:19! I "shaved" (no pun intended) nearly 20 minutes off of my last half marathon time. So no pain, no gain, was never more true for me.
This race was also my husband's first 1/2 marathon and we ran it together...for the first 10 miles. At mile 10, I told Chris, my natural runner husband, to finish as strong as he could. He finished with a 2:14, and I couldn't have been more proud. He said he wouldn't run another race over a 5k, but after the runner's high from the 1/2, he has changed his mind and will be running the Savannah Rock-n-Roll 1/2 Marathon again in 2012.
Speaking of the Savannah Rock-n-Roll race, it will be my first full marathon. I have already signed up, unlike the last time I said I was going to run a full, so I am truly committed to running a FULL MARATHON before I turn the BIG 40 in November!
There are MANY fun and exciting things on the horizon for me, so stay tuned and I'll let you know all about them. Until then, I'll see you at the races!!!