Happy May friends! I hope you all had a fun filled Cinco De Mayo. We are celebrating tonight…FriYay! Honestly I cannot believe it is May already. This year has flown by and I doubt it helps that we haven’t reached typical Virginia Beach weather yet. I believe it was warmer in Canada then it was here yesterday! Ugh. I love my hot weather and can’t wait.
As far as training as has gone, I’m in the “use 5K’s to get into shape” training method. I’ve run a 5K every week for the last three weeks, which I believe may be more than the entire total number of 5Ks I ran in 2015! First 5K was my favorite, ODU Big Blue 5K. The look on my face in the second picture below adequately displays how I felt. Horrible!! :) I went out way too fast and while I didn’t wear a Garmin with splits, judging from my regular watch, I must have run my last mile over a minute slower than my first. Yikes. The afterparty and finishing on the Old Dominion football field was pretty amazing though so it was worth that 5K pain. Results and website HERE. This was the most fun 5K event I’ve run in a very long time and watching the kids run the 1K race was the cutest bonus.
The Thursday after the ODU 5K, I ran a 5K on a local Navy base. The only pictures of myself were equally on par with the above pain face, so no point in sharing. I still felt out of shape but enjoyed having friends to race with on a random Thursday instead of busting through a hard workout solo. I ran it only a few seconds faster than my first 5K but my pacing was much smarter. Progress. The final 5K I ran was yesterday and I did it solo in my neighborhood. There was an awesome local 5K (Corporate 5K Challenge) but my son had a baseball game against the number one ranked team in the league and I couldn’t stand missing that. They ended the game tied 9-9 (two hour time limit and pouring rain made the Umpires end the game) and my son pitched a few innings, pitching better than he ever had before. Hearing him say “I’m so tired but so proud!” was priceless. So while I didn’t want to miss the local 5K with friends, Mom Life always comes first. The solo 5K was brutal. More of a mental struggle than anything. I grinded out a 18:53, not because I was fitter than I was at the ODU or Navy 5K but because of pure stubbornness. I wanted progress so I willed it that badly even if it was by mere seconds.
Judging from the past three weeks, I’m still far off from my fitness prior to Shamrock, but I’m content with where I am at during this point of the post-recovery comeback. The first month back is always the hardest and I’m almost through that. After weeks of okay legs, I’m starting to get that bounce back. So, what am I training for? I’ve gotten this question many times. I told a few people and was hesitant to say. My plans were to hold off telling anyone else but after many inquiries, it’s easier just two write it out. I am THRILLED to say I will be running the New York City Marathon this Fall.
I’ve said it before that the marathon is my favorite event. In my mind, everything else I run is aimed as preparation for my next 26.2. Mr. Law was deployed when I ran at Boston last Spring. Having him miss that dream experience of mine was tough. I wanted to share it with him so badly. This time though, he will be in NYC to experience this bucket list race by my side so I want to make it a great one. 2015 was a rebuilding year for me and this past Shamrock Marathon exceeded my “comeback” expectations, so as long as I can stay healthy (the key for me!) I feel confident saying I can run fast on the challenging New York course come November. I thrive on accountability and laying it all out there so my running goal for 2016 is to run sub 2:47 at NYCM. Get there healthy, be brave, be thankful I get to run on one of the best courses in the world, and be faster than ever!
Before NYCM, I have on my race calendar- The Strider Mile, Allen Stone Braveheart Run-Swim-Run (Guys I’m Swimming!! ), Strider 10 Miler, my favorite half Crawling Crab Half, Fox Trot 5K, and Wicked 10K. I’m still looking for more races so suggestions on the East Coast are welcome. We are traveling a ton this Summer so traveling too too far for races is probably not an option for me.
If anyone had NYCM advice, blog posts, helpful links, etc. please send me my way! I could read race recaps all day long so New York ones are greatly appreciated.
Wishing all the Moms and Amazing Women that are just like Moms a wonderful Mother’s Day!! We are thankful for you! Sleep in, make them bring you coffee, wear your pajamas ALL DAY LONG, then make them bring you cake Enjoy your day!