So if you didn’t know, I’m training for a marathon! I am embarking on Week 5 of base building miles. That is building up to a consistent level of miles each week before the real long miles begin. Each week I’ve done between 15 and 18 miles each week for a total of 63 miles in a month. This number will only go up but the only thing that hurt was waking up at some God forsaken hour to get these miles in before the heat and work.
Anyway. A lot happened in a month so here are the highlights.
I Love Running. I Hate Running.
By week two, I absolutely hated running. Questioned why I was doing it. Am I out of my mind? You’re gonna hear the good the bad and the ugly from me so all that glitters ain’t gold. This crap is hard some days and I want to just quit but if it wasn’t for folks waiting for me at 5am and what not, I would still be in bed.
This pic shows how much I really did not want to be running outside in the hot on this particular day. It’s a hell of a lot to wake up every weekday and weekend to rise and run. Especially when you don’t feel like it. But after about two weeks, I got into my running groove. Waking up was easier. I was getting faster. My breathing thru the humidity was getting better.
So each week I suck it up and keep it moving. Keeping my eyes on the goal. If it was easy then everybody would do it right?
Road Trip to Emporia, Williamsburg, Richmond, Emporia and Home
In the midst of my training and busy work schedule, I had to take the boys down south for Vacation Bible School…solo. Took Mateo to be with Grandpa for VBS.
Then Khalil and I went to William & Mary for his first college football camp.
While he was at Williamsburg during the day from 8am to 8pm, I drove to Richmond to work out of the state office there. A Mother’s love for her son while still keeping her job.
The folks in that office were so kind to me that they took me out to lunch.
I did this trek for two days but I still got my runs in. One 3 mile and one 5 mile.
Then took Khalil back to Emporia on the fourth day so he could finish out VBS with Mateo and drove home to MD that same day. Six hour drive solo.
Melvin texted me to say “check the glove compartment”. He left this card in as a nice surprise.
Winner Winner Chicken Dinner
While I was in Richmond, I was notified that I won the FB cover photo for the Richmond Marathon because of my #richmondready marathon story.
While in Richmond I got to meet the sports company, Sports Backers, that is putting on the Richmond race. Very nice folks. I drove some of the course through VCU and Virginia Union. All my young life, I lived an hour away and never explored Richmond. It’s a charming city. I will in November. At least 26.2 miles of it.
Second Race of the Year
Last year I went race crazy and did a ton of races. At least 8. After that, I hated running and stopped cold turkey. This year, I have only registered for three races. The Frederick Half in April, today’s Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k and the Richmond full. That’s enough. If you hear of me trying to sign up for another race, please shake some sense into me! I ain’t playing!
Today’s 5k was awesome though. All female race. T-shirt and medal for $40. Not bad at all! There was a time I used to be scared of 3.1 miles. My strategy today was to run the whole thing. And I did; only walking through two water stops. Felt good. Also it was so great to reunite with all the women I’ve encountered on the pavement over the years. We may have run a few miles together but we become fast friends.
It’s a lovely running community and I’m so glad to be a part it. Even though I hate running most days. But if this blog doesnt do anything else, I hope it inspires somebody to get out there and move for their health. Or dare to do something else or different. Why not?