Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Mama On The Run: Redemption Race
Why hello there.....it's Mama on the Run. I've taken a small break from specific Mama on the Run posts, but let me tell you - the running mileage has ramped up since recovering from emergency surgery in early April.
It's been the summer of heat and humidity - a runner's worst nightmare, especially when it's already feel-like 80 degree temps (or more) in the early morning hours before the sun comes out. There were plenty of slow and steady run-walks this summer as my body was getting back into shape post-surgery and adjusting to the "deadly" heat/humidity combo. I will say that I've run in a lot of super-hot temps, but adding humidity is just plain brutal. I think I'd take the super heat instead of super humidity any day!
I've done a variety of races - mostly with the family in tow - and it's been a blast....and very humbling. As I mentioned in a variety of posts before, I slogged my way through the Bill Snyder Half Marathon (with hubs beside me) in May, six weeks post-surgery; a month later, I pushed through our local Firecracker 5K and 1-mile; two weeks later I suffered through (it was a HUMID race!) a family-favorite 10K and 1-mile; and just two weeks ago I enjoyed the gleeful giggles of our newest runner in the family, Brax, as he joined in on a family-friendly run and then I did a new distance right after, an 8K (at 8:30 p.m., after a day of running 12 miles prior for a total of 17 miles on the day!).
I'm haven't been real vocal with it in blogger-world, but I'm running super-long miles these days for a redemption race, the Prairie Fire Marathon on Oct. 11. I tossed the idea around after not being able to run OKC in April due to surgery. I immediately had ruled a 26.2-mile race out, mainly because I didn't want it consuming my life or becoming an idol. But through continual prayer and talking with my husband, I committed to training for this one final full marathon for a while - to GOD be the glory through it all!
I've been blessed to work with my favorite running coach, Jenny Hadfield, on a customized training plan for this marathon. I've used her training plans for years (available on her website, in a variety of distances!), but this go-round she's been working with me on a personal basis as I'm building mileage and running post-surgery and throughout the hot/humid summer. She has been an incredible voice of reason and support through it all. I could go on and on about her (and have!), but if you're ever looking for a personal coach, training plans, or group accountability (through a private Facebook group I'm a part of!), I encourage you to visit her site and check out what she has to offer! CJ has a great way of not making running the reason in life! She understands the importance of running complimenting your life - not ruling it.
It's hard to believe, but there are only about 6 weeks left of training for Prairie Fire. Better yet? I "only" have an 18-miler, a half-marathon race, and a 20-miler left for the super long runs before it's taper time. I can't believe it! I'm thrilled that the end is in sight.....nervous about the 26.2 miles that are yet to come....hoping to finally race that 4:30 time goal.....and a bit relieved knowing that after Oct. 11, I can go back to running half-marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, and other fun distances for the long while (if ever). I'm not the hugest fan of the full marathon distance and after (almost) 9-10 months of training for two (one never making the start line), plus the three marathons I did between 2007-2013, I'm beyond ready to get back to running those shorter distances!
As I prep for the upcoming high mileage weeks, awkward taper time, and race weekend itself, I'm reminded of God's continual goodness, mercy, and protection. It's my prayer that I glorify HIM in the race and the training that remains.