Well here we are in the middle of April already and I’m wondering how we got here so quick! The races have been coming fast and furious! 11 are now completed and number 12 will be this Saturday in Grand Rapids, Ohio. The Run to the Rapids 5K! I may schedule one last long run on the day following that race. Prep and build up for The Glass City Marathon/Half Marathon!! I’ll be running the Half…because running a full with all the things I have going right now would be…well….just crazy!! I really enjoyed the Glass City last year. Beautiful course, hometown and a wonderful party after the races are complete at the University of Toledo! I urge anyone and everyone in the area to please come out for this event! I’d love to see “Zombies” out on the course and signs are encouraged! All runners love having people line the courses with cheering, clapping, noise makers and signs! It helps to make the miles go easier and is always a mental boost! The following link has all the course maps if you’re interested in coming out! http://glasscitymarathon.org/glass-city-marathon-race-info/glass-city-marathon-course-maps/
As I stated before, my sister Patti will be running the half and my other sister from Florida is coming in to do the Half as well. My wife Karla will be running as part of a team from her work called the “unfortunate soles!” lmao!! My sister Gini might be there doing the 5K with her besty! So you see…you all need to be there and see just how much fun this event really is!
Injury update. I’m still nursing this hamstring injury and my guess is I’ll continue to nurse it as I don’t have the time to stop and let it completely rest/heal. I’m doing my best to keep my strides shorter, using the foam roller and have scheduled massages after each long race. Once I’ve completed 30 races…I’ll take a little time off and let the body heal completely. For now…it’s full speed ahead! My original plan was to lose a couple of pounds (and I have) work on my speed and try to PR at the Glass City. My best time to date was in Florida where I turned in a 1:57:29! I was hoping to meet or beat that time here on the home turf! I still plan on giving it a go even with the hamstring issue. I feel that if I keep my stride short and keep pushing, I can best that time! I’ll take most of the week before the race to rest. Just a couple very short hops in the morning to keep things moving. Send that positive mojo!!
Coming into the warmer months the races tend to get shorter in distance. Probably going to do a few 5K races in May! I’ll post more information on those as I get signed up.
On a sad note, I was just reading an article on my running groups page the other day about a 32 yr. old Mother of 3 that passed away just steps from completing a half marathon. Every time I read stories like this, it reminds me of how lucky and blessed I’ve been to be able to enjoy this sport for so many years. I take something from each and every run and hold it in my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to this young mother’s family. I will continue to run and carry those people who can run no longer.
Nice weather is upon us so get outside and enjoy! April 26th is the date of the “Big Race” here in T-Town! It will be the Lucky #13 race!! Come on out and enjoy the party! Cheer on these athletes that have trained for months to cross that finish line!
I’ll see you on the road!