So, here we are, the final Weekly Wrap of 2017 and on the cusp of a brand new year filled with endless possibilities. Oh, the races we will run and the places we will go! I have thoroughly enjoyed following all of you on your many adventures this year and look forward to seeing what 2018 holds for everyone.
Whew, what a month! For that matter, what a year! I know I say this every year, but seriously, the older I get, the faster the years go by. It’s been a wonderful year filled with miles of running, exciting vacations and some super fun blogger meetups. But before moving on to 2018, I feel the need to cleanse the sweaty sole with Marcia’s Runfessional …because it does feel better to get a few things off your chest, or feet!
You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch! You really are a heel. You’re as cuddly as a cactus, you’re as charming as an eel, Mr. Grinch….you’re a bad banana with a greasy black peel!
You know the saying, what goes up must come down …well, that applies to the runner’s high as well. The elation I felt after last weeks long run of 17.5 miles came crashing down this week reminding me that sometimes a run, just like the Grinch, can best be described in three words …stink, stank, stunk!
While the year began in a bit of a slump due to a nagging irritable ankle which followed me into the new year, I’d most definitely say the best was saved for last!
What I found to be most interesting looking back on the past year is that this is the first year since I began running (12 years ago) to not participate in a 5k. Crazy, huh? ….apparently I was so busy with two moves, four half marathons and hundreds of miles of cycling to even notice. However, despite the lack of 5k’s, the year was filled with meeting new friends, accomplishing new goals and spending countless Saturday mornings getting the miles in with my favorite running partner, Major Hubs ..what more can one ask for!
Last week Coach HoHo told Major Hubs and I that we were getting down to the ‘nitty gritty’ of our marathon training and she wasn’t kidding. As I mentioned in last week’s weekly wrap, I am pleasantly surprised that I’ve actually been able to complete these long runs with no greater discomfort than I normally experience following a half marathon. Even if something dreadful were to happen preventing me from finishing this race, I will forever be in awe of my body for getting me this far ….I truly never believed it would. And that, my friends, is what a great coach, wonderful friends and the most amazingly supportive husband in the world is for ….to believe in you until you begin to believe in yourself!
This week finds me two weeks out from Christmas and six weeks out from my first full marathon and as Coach HoHo says …”it’s getting down to the nitty-gritty”! There was little to no ‘recovery time’ following last weekend’s girls trip for the PCB half marathon (race recap here) as there were quite a few miles waiting for me in my email inbox on Monday. Continue reading
The 2016 #HoLottaFun crew had most of us in the ‘runner’ blogging world green with FOMO from their steady stream of social media and blogging posts during last year’s Panama City Beach half marathon weekend. I was thrilled when the ‘Ho‘ in #HoLottaFun invited me to join the group this year and didn’t waste one moment hitting the registration button back in late July. Several were not able to make the trip this year and others had last minute scheduling issues causing them to have to cancel, leaving us with a quaint little group of four (Karen, Tricia, Holly and myself) for our girls beach racecation….. we may have been a small group, but we had big fun! (Read all about it here)
We decided at the last minute to order matching tanks for race day and since we all live in the ‘South’ (yes, Richmond Virginia is considered the South …it was the capital of the Confederacy you know!), we decided to go with ‘Southern Sole Sisters’ and #HoLottaPCB as our 2017 official hashtag. I mean, if you’re going to make this an annual event, you’ve got to make each year unique, right? Continue reading