I joined an online group to help keep me accountable. As I usually tell people, I spend much of my time holding others accountable, so I frequently neglect myself. Not this year. This is my golden year. 50. I am still swirling that number/word around in my mouth. Haven't decided how I feel about it yet. But (if you know me) I'm going to make it EPIC!
Back to the online group. I love seeing inspirational photos, quotes and funny stories from this group. They live all over the world and it is nice to see snow, beach and all weather in between. I also see this as a cautionary tale; 1 person's ultra is another person's 5k. Translation: Remember the tortoise and the hare story? Not every day should be a run day for everybody. Rest and recovery is key to longevity in this sport. I should know. I've been running for 40+ years now and I am rarely sidelined with an injury. The few injuries I have experienced in my life were from tennis and not running.
Creating goals are great. Goals shared with like minded people are even better; till they are not. Be careful. I am hopeful that everyone is listening to their body! Okay. I will stop preaching. I will say this, however, this group got me out the door the other day when it was 24 degrees at 5:15am for a speedy (because I was cold!) 5 mile run. All the posts from the midwest were reminding me I can be tough and handle a little cold weather running!
Last weekend I kicked off the running year with 50k with some running friends. We were the "Blister Sisters". We were an all female masters team and finished in 3:49:xx. It was cold, but fun. Salem Lake has always been one of my favorite places to run so it was especially great to run it with a great group of ladies. This photo is missing my running friend, Dena. She got to sleep in, arrive, kick butt and leave with our hardware for winning our division. I am sandwiched in between my friends, Jen & Jeriann. They may look adorable, but they are speedy ladies!
I am signed up to race the Wrightsville Beach half marathon in March. I will pace the 1:45:00 group in the City of Arts Half Marathon in Winston-Salem on April 2nd with my friend, Jeriann. We have way too much fun pacing together. I am pacing the Raleigh Rock and Roll half marathon on Sunday, April 17th. The only other (little, haha) event I am signed up for so far is the Hinson Lake 24 hour Ultra. I ran there 2 years ago and completed 92.7 miles in a little under 23 hours. I look forward to attempting a 100+ this year. Here is Dena and me at the start of the Hinson Lake 24 hour ultra 2 years ago. We had a blast. I look forward to making memories in 2016.