Countdown To Race Day Begins…

The Song Of The Post – “No Rain” By Blind Melon

Well, I was planning on my next post to be about our MS Walk in Springfield that occured on Saturday (April 16th) however I have been waiting on pictures to be posted by the photographers at the event to include in the post but they aren’t up yet. Hopefully in the next week or so they will be up and I can share how it went!

My first major race of 2011 is the Capital City Half Marathon next Saturday (May 7th). I will admit I have mixed feelings about this race right now.  The training this spring has not gone as  planned as you may have noticed in my previous posts. There have been more bad/difficult days then I had expected, mainly due to the reoccuring numbness on the left side. It appears as it is now being kept at bay since we (my doctor and I) have increased my dosage of Neurontin again but I guess time will tell.

I have been able to decrease my competitiveness over the past few years and try not to kill myself but I know it will still be hard coming in a slower time next Saturday then my half marathon in September.  With the way training has been going this spring I will be surprised if I come in under 2 hours which will be difficult to for me to deal with. It’s just how I am. Just like it was hard for me to pull out from Grandma’s Marathon in June.  I just didn’t want to do it but knew it probably wouldn’t be good for me physically and mentally.

On hopefully a more up beat note, I will be running a 5k (in Springfield) on May 13th and then the Mud Run in Columbus, Ohio on May 28th.  I know I will be in competitive mode for the 5k but plan to try to just have fun with some friends in the Mud Run. The Mud Run does sound a little intense with 20-30 obstacles over 6.2 miles but I can just crash the rest of the day so why not!  Sounds like it will definitely test my upper body strength!  I have started to neglect that some since I have just been running the past few years so it will be good. Going to start focusing on doing more strength training in the month of May so hopefully will just help increase the strength all around.

Nine days and counting until the race season begins. Hopefully the rain and storms will let up within the next week so we can have a drier half marathon then last spring.

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