So you’ve been running for a while now. You have participated in multiple 5ks, a few 10ks, and all the miles in between. And like any natural competitor, you begin to look for the “next” big challenge. Maybe it’s a better time or faster speed… Or maybe it’s distance. The elusive half-marathon is a much sought after race distance but to be successful, you need to enter the race with a plan!
I must run all the races! – This sentiment is echoed after each and every race that I complete. The race atmosphere is alive with energy and you can almost feel the excitement in the air. It’s intoxicating — And definitely keeps me coming back for more. I am also SUPER pumped this weekend. Not just because it was a race weekend, but because I am also signing up for not one half-marathon but TWO this fall!
Once again, April was a fast month (Which one isn’t, right? And when did that happen?? I feel like as a child the days and weeks draaaaggggeeeddd on. Now, they fly by before you even realize that they started.) but it is time to start thinking about May goals!
Time doesn’t stop. And neither will I! I am constantly striving to improve myself –to become a better person, wife, and runner. And I truly believe that running helps me accomplish my first two objectives.
A little before noon on a blustery March day in Wisconsin, stood a huddled mass of almost 2,000 people. “Crazy” as some might call us. (When you’re a runner, being called a “crazy” has a strange way of becoming a complement… so, smile and say thank you!)
We were waiting. Jumping, stretching, talking, laughing. The excitement of the race before us hung in the air… And it wasn’t just the excitement to get moving forward and warm-up. It was the thrill of the first race of the year (for most) and anticipation of the new running season.