Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lace Up Your Running Shoes!

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!


Erin said...

Yay!!! I'm so proud of you! I really need to get into the swing of things again, but really need a partner. Want to move to Iowa so you can train me?

malia said...

good for you! thanks for stopping by. love the name "grasshoppers" for that treat. maybe that's the name bc they look a little like grasshoppers?!?

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

If there's a t-shirt given, you've officially succeeded.

Rebecca said...

So proud of you Mary Ann. You are an inspiration to me. I keep saying, "I should do what Mary Ann is doing."

Anonymous said...

Hey, when I get back to the States, we can go running together!!!!

Steve n Vickie said...

I just found out the Boulder Boulder is this on Monday, and was thinking of walking it... when I checked the price it was 53$ a person. Guess that one will have to wait till next year. I think, I'm going to try and find another race to do later this summer. I agree there's something about having a goal that keeps you motivated.