I can’t believe that so far 2017 has been a blur. A blur of coaching swimming, working, not working out for the first 3 months of the year and struggles.
Back in March, yes a month ago, I signed up for the Marine Corps Marathon lottery. I’ve run the marathon 2 times before and it’s a favorite for sure and will forever hold a special place in my heart. I was lucky enough to get in through the lottery. I had texted my friend M, who had wanted to run it as well and as you know, I’m always up for a challenge even it may be stupid on my part. More on that later. 🙂 Well I’m happy to report that she got into the marathon too!!!! I’m super excited for her…words can’t express how much I’m excited for her, even if I kept saying this is how you’re going to feel. Yes, I was that friend.
I have definitely struggled finding my “love” for running again after my stress fracture in my foot and coaching swimming. I’m finally getting back into a rhythm and getting my act together. Now…I just need to get back in the pool. The pool use to be a sacred place for me. Even though there were days that I detested it when I was a competitive swimmer, it was always a safe place for me. I knew my place in the pool, I knew how to work my way through it and get business done. So I need to take another step and get myself BACK in the pool. My hope is that will happen sooner rather than later.
My focus for the remainder of 2017 is being healthy for sure, but also these 2 marathons that I’ve decided to run that just so happen to be 2 weeks apart. Now comes to the whole me being stupid part. I did this last year, yes. I ran the Marine Corps Marathon and Athens Marathon 2 weeks apart. But…..I did that on a stress fracture. I know, I know, I should have pulled out of them, but I didn’t. So I want to remain healthy and not get hurt.
I’m starting my training slow. I mean, like 2 or 3 miles at the best. I even had a dream that my running buddy got mad at me for it being so low mileage. HAHA. But he’s a good person for running with me at my intervals and my pace even though he’s a lot faster than me. Needless to say, I have a lot of work to do.
This year will be amazing and making it the best ever!