First, go check out my guest post on how to enjoy living healthy while saving money (hello, teacher budget here) it gives good ideas (yes, I am prejudiced to its awesomeness because I wrote it) on healthy and money saving alternatives for common everyday activities. Thanks to Athena at Fitness & Feta for letting me run it.
Another fun fact about me because between learning about how I am easily excited by the little things in life and sing like a maniac (horribly) you just didn't have enough Abby info.
... I am the biggest glass half full type of girl. This is never more evident than when I am injured. When I am hurt and can't workout I do get a bit disappointed, but more than that I get so excited thinking about how amazing things will be when I am back to full strength. Pretty much every crazy fitness bucket list idea I have - like wanting to hike the entire Grand Canyon (in one day) starts on a day when I was not able to run, but could only imagine what it would be like to be back in top shape (well my top shape). Well this week was no different - I was sidelined with crazy back pain for three days (much better due to rest, pain relievers, a massage, and lots of stretching) and am still having some nagging hamstring issues so what better time than to sign up for another race?!?
I decided I will be healthy, will be running, and do not have enough races on my calendar. While there are tons I dream of doing - New Orleans Rock'n Roll Full, Disney Princess Half, Indy Mini Marathon - travel is not currently in the budget. So I decided to return to my roots. My first ever race, did I mention my crazy self ran a half before I ever ran anything else, no 5 or 10Ks to start off here (crazy), and my favorite distance - The Kiawah Island Half. It is only about a 40 minute drive from me which means no travel or lodging expenses, I haven't run the course in years, and it will be great to see what it feels like when I am not miserable the whole time. I hated that race and wanted to stop the whole time, now I love running half marathons and regularly run 12-14 miles myself on weekends just for fun. Fulls, well those on the other hand, I have to push and challenge myself to do. I am excited, but also feeling brave because I realize that I have never signed up to run a race on my own. Every single 5K, 10K, half, or full I have done with someone and currently it is just me. Again, won't be any problem at the race as I love this distance, but waiting at the start might get boring. Oh well, here is to another race, don't stop believing (hold on to that feeling) you can do it.
What is your next race? I'd love to know.
Heck- Want to do your first half, but scared? If you can get to Kiawah I'll run with you (unless you're really fast, then I'll cheer from behind).