What a Run! 

 

My running tights matched the azaleas in my front yard!

 Ya’ll, I just had an amazing run! I’m talking super fast, feeling fabulous-type running. I kept looking down at my Garmin thinking, “man, I should really slow down,” but I felt so great and just kept going. I mean, you know it’s a good run when you’re not even a mile into it and you’re already debating the title of the blog post dedicated to the epic miles currently in progress.

Perhaps this run was so delightful because I have been in a funk these past few weeks. I have gotten in a few miles here and there, but I struggled to keep going and just really wasn’t into it. Maybe it has been a result of all the rain, busy schedules, or just life, but I needed today’s run in a major way.  

Have you ever seen a sky so blue?

 Today was a storybook kind of day. The sun was shining, birds were chirping, all the flowers have bloomed, and everyone in the neighborhood was out for a little fresh air and exercise. I got an arm workout from all the waving. My friend and co-worker, Stephanie Coomer, likes to say that in Tupelo we even wave at dogs. Well, today was that kind of day. I waved at a few dogs and I’m pretty sure a few waved back at me.

Beautiful flowers blooming like crazy.

This afternoon’s run was a perfect end to a really good day. I got a ton of stuff done at work today that had been really weighing on me. I also feel rested after an extra day off work for Good Friday and spending time with my family this weekend. While both of these combined with the sheer beauty of this gorgeous day played a part in my stellar run this afternoon, I feel renewed after celebrating Easter Sunday. Everything about yesterday was beautiful, from the cross adorned with flowers in front of the church and the songs we sang in celebration of God’s redeeming love for us through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection three days later, to precious time worshipping with family. Only a loving God knows exactly what we need and just when to give it to us, even though we don’t deserve it one little bit.

What a blessing, what a day, what a run, what a savior! 

2016 Miles to Go: 909

What Next?

  After a brief running hiatus, mostly due to all of the rain, I hit the pavement for 3.14 glorious miles this afternoon in honor of Pi Day. The sun was shining, the flowers were    in bloom, and it seemed that all of my neighbors had the same idea to get out and enjoy Spring, who finally found her way to Northeast Mississippi.

Still basking in the glow of being accepted to run the TCS New York City Marathon, John put in his first training miles today, too, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. He won’t start the serious training until a little further into the year, but we both jumped at the chance to just get outside today and run.

I am at my best as a runner when I am working towards a goal. Having spent the past seven months training for the Glass Slipper Challenge, today’s “just for fun” miles felt very different from the ones I logged throughout much of 2015. I don’t want to get lazy and lose all of the mileage I have built up, so what’s left to do? Run more races! 

There are some local 5Ks, 10Ks, and half marathons in which I am planning to participate. But, what I really want to know, is what are your favorite races and why? Having done both RunDisney and Rock and Roll Marathon Series events, I absolutely love a fun race environment, but also enjoy experiencing unique small town races. Whatever it is, I can’t wait to plan my next adventure.

2016 Miles to Go: 919

Start Spreading the News!

 

Way to go, John!

 
There always seems to be a let down after completing an event, activity, or trip that you have looked forward to for a long time. Post Princess Half Marathon weekend is no exception. 

I love to have something to plan and organize, something to work towards, train for, or countdown. Well, last night the next thing showed up. John got confirmation that he was selected to run the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon! Out of all the thousands and thousands of people who enter the lottery, he was chosen! We were so excited last night when the e-mail came through, you would have thought he had won a free trip somewhere, not the opportunity to work hard and train for the next eight months in order to put his body through more than it has ever been through before. But, we are thrilled! 

After he helped coach me through my magical 19.3, I get to be the supportive wife during his journey to 26.2. I just bought the new Runner’s World Cookbook and can’t wait to cook my way through it to help get John race ready for November. There will be many prayers, many pep talks, and many words of encouragement shared with him over the next eight months, and I can’t wait! 

I have had several people ask me if I would quit blogging now that my race is over. My answer? No way! I’ve caught the RunDisney bug and am already plotting my return and how I can earn the coast-to-coast medal, but we’ll talk more about that later. For now, we are celebrating John and the huge feat that lies ahead of him. To put it into perspective, 14,326 applicants were accepted out of 80,080 lottery entrants for this year’s NYC Marathon. Wow! NYC, we’re heading your way! 

2016 Miles to Go: 922

Running Resolutions Met: PR in Enchanted 10K