Two years ago I ran my first half marathon. Disney’s wine and dine. I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know anyone, Tho I met 2 amazing women who were just the nicest people ever. Had no idea I would fall in love with the sport as much as I have but I did. I’ve met some of the most amazing and inspirational people and made some best friends. 16 halfs and 2 fulls later I am still going strong. Each race I learn something new. Wether it’s about myself or what to do or not to do. As I completed my 16th half on Sunday, it seemed fitting to be wearing the wine and dine tee as I was freezing from a cold wet race. Some races are more of a struggle than others but unless I am dead I will make every effort to cross that finish. It shows me that no matter how much it hurts you can survive and push through. It’s been a roller coaster of a few years but here I am still standing. Sometimes with the help of friends. The journey isn’t ever meant to be easy. If it was easy. Everyone could do it. I’ve earned my medals. Keep on truckin my friends
Startline of the Ft. Lauderdale Half with Teddy. Can’t ever leave him behind
Total postrun selfie with my new glasses.
Day 2. Good times.
Just like life. Apply ice and go back out 20 min later. Neck is still super sore. Waves were totally worth it. Black eyes are sexy right?
The ocean one upped me today. Still some fun waves. That’ll teach me to ride high
All smiles today and covered in sweat. It was a good 3 miler. Late start so I took it a bit slower and actually felt better. Even tho it was later it wasn’t as hot as I was expecting. Can’t wait to bump up to 4miles this comin week. Me and Teddy are ready for sunrise runs
Making progress! 3 miles done today. My brain is telling me to go further and harder and I’m trying to tell it to settle down. We’ll get there. I guess it thought the 7 weeks was a vacation. I wish it was. I think about how dark those weeks were and how it sucked in so many ways. Running is what keeps my head cleared. By the end, I’m too exhausted to battle anything else so the mind relaxes. It feels really good to exhaust the mind and to be back on the road. Huffing and puffing. Lots of huffing because my legs have lost the endurance. 35 days till my first race back. Philly RnR here I come! Teddy can’t wait to travel again
Teddy up to his shenanigans. 2 miles again today. Little bit faster pace. Recovery is hard that’s for sure. Just so damn happy to be running again. I didn’t need to lose it to know what I had. I cherish every step I get to make. I enjoy the sweat stinging my eyes. The heavy breathing and constant struggle to keep going. I don’t ever want to be kept away from running again. Not sure I’d survive
Me and Teddy managed to get in our longest run yet. Just under 2miles. Once the ankle starts twitching, I listen. Felt really good and feeling awesome 8/10/14
Teddy and I are back! Even at a sloooooow pace and only 1 mile. I was super nervous and wasn’t entirely sure how I would feel but there was no pain only fatigue and even hours later still no pain. I need to continue to work on fixing mobility and flexibility. That will be key. 6 weeks out and it never felt so great to sweat and lace up