Ever since my surgery in February I have felt a little sluggish. My strength, endurance, & my lungs have been taking their sweet time recovering. But I've been trying to do the slow, steady, consistent approach to building myself back up. I've been running 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, & now finally 3 mile stretches. It has been a great feeling, getting some of my zoom back. To help motivate myself I started looking at some local races here in town, trying to find something I can work toward participating in.
I found a race I really want to do. I want to run in it so bad that I have recruited my sister Beth, my friend Sharon, & possibly my sister-in-law Valerie to run with me.
I missed the Indy Mini this year. I knew I was most likely going to have my gall bladder removed this winter & since last year's training was such a nightmare of sickness & I was a little concerned about the swine flu floating all around our local YWCA, I just didn't sign up for it. And I'm grateful I didn't have that pressure during my recovery from surgery.
But now I'm wishing I was in good shape like I usually am after the Mini. All that training makes you feel strong. You don't get out of breath. You have lots of pep. I miss that.
So we are getting our heads together & getting ready to run in a local half marathon in September! I have never trained for a long distance race in the summer before. I'm hoping it will be a mild summer like last year. I also have a new training program that involves more cross training which is exciting. Now I can incorporate things like riding my bike to work & speed mowing the lawn as part of my training :-)
I'm sure we won't set any records, win anything or become famous. I'm pretty sure that Sharon & Valerie will blow past me & Beth like we are standing still. But I'm absolutely sure it will be good for us, it will be fun, & we'll get a t-shirt!
*If anyone is inspired to join us, let me know & I'll get you the race info!