Why is this girl so gosh-darn happy?
Because she can run on this and not hurt!!
I’m so excited to FINALLY be able to run again! I haven’t been able to run since November (read about it here and here). I think it was my forced rest days from when I had to go to the hospital. But whatever it was, I’m back running and I couldn’t be happier! 🙂
Since I’m able to run again, I’ve been looking up races and getting really excited about the nice weather coming. There are about three big races here in Northeast Wisconsin/Fox Cities: the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon, the Bellin Run, and the Fox Cities Marathon. This year, I want to do them all. I think I’m ready for the challenge.
The Cellcom Green Bay Marathon is first up in May and has a 5k, a Half Marathon, and a full Marathon. I’m going to do the Half Marathon. I’ve got my training schedule all ready and I started today. I also want to sign up for two 5k’s in April to get myself ready for racing.
I’ve really only done one race and that was a 5k last October (read the recap here ). I also did the Turkey Trot in November (recap here). But that was when I was hurt so I just walked in the 2mile.
I learned to love cross training these passed 5 months when I was hurt and couldn’t run. I had a love/hate relationship with my elliptical beforehand, but that was my main form of exercise for those months. Strength training also played a key role in my exercising. And, thanks to Netflix Instant Stream, I recently started doing Pilates. I would also love to bike, so maybe I can pick up that this summer. I know when I was running before I got hurt, I ran every day for long periods of time and I think my body was just tired of running all those miles. It needed other forms of exercising too. Now, after my running hiatus, I know the importance of cross-training and the rest your body needs. I definitely included rest days and cross-training days into my half-marathon schedule.
Normally, I don’t run outside, just because I don’t have any decent areas to run, but hopefully, as the weather gets nicer, I can take a few runs to the outdoors. I know that will help me get better with racing as well. Maybe I can find a GPS watch to help with that to give some motivation 🙂
My summer is looking pretty busy with racing activities, zoo trips, my boyfriends wrestling events, and family functions. If all goes well (and I don’t get injured again), it will be a very eventful (and hopefully rewarding) summer.
Have you started planning your summer races?
Are there any “big” races in the area you live?