This time of year is a little crazy with running. Somedays I’m in layers and yaktrax and then a few days later in shorts with water bottle in hand as I cover the miles. And its great. I was driving to work this AM just as the sun was rising and seriously considering just pulling the car over and going for a run instead. It was a gorgeous morning. Tomorrow morning there’s a chance of snow. And that’s just how we roll in March and April here in Colorado.
Imogene Pass Run is still more than 6 months away but I’m building up my milage and just getting my legs under me and gaining confidence with each step of the way. It’ll help my 1/2 marathon this May anyway. I’m learning to run when I can and being ok with that. I have my goals each week, but I’ve also become more ok with realizing that I’m a busy wife, mom, and ER doctor and there are only so many hours in a day. I watched the marathon Olympic trials earlier this month and was totally inspired, but also kept it in perspective that while the professionals are pounding the pavement with sub 6 and sub 5 minute miles for miles on end, and I get pumped about anything under 9 it’s ok. I don’t have to go fast, just one step at a time and keep it going. I’ve been reading Anatomy For Runners by Jay Dicharry and learning a lot about injury prevention. I’ve never been seriously injured running, but I’d like to keep it that way so I can still be running way late into my life.
This year on a whim I applied to be a blogger for the BolderBOULDER, which is a huge 50,000+ 10K run in Boulder, Colorado every memorial day. I ran it for the first time when I was in 7th grade when one of my friend’s suggested it. I had never ran that far in my life and struggled through most of it, but thought it was the coolest thing because everyone was out cheering everyone on. I got the chance to run it last year with Leighton and that was such a neat experience that when I saw that they were looking for bloggers I thought, “hey, why not, I won’t get chosen, but sometimes it’s just good to take a risk”. I was shocked when I got the email back saying I was one of 10 chosen. I’m super humbled by the opportunity and looking forward to reading my fellow bloggers experiences along the way.
So sprinkled throughout my running posts this spring I’ll share about my training with Leighton. I think I also get to do some “sponsor product reviews” which sound fun too. We started running a few weeks ago and have been doing 3 miles runs. Only once a week if that, as he’s a kid and running and playing and doing gymnastics throughout the week anyway. he’s improved so much since last year already and its been fun to run along side him even though its not my normal pace and sometimes we have to stop and throw rocks in the stream along the way. Because every now and then you just need to stop and do that.