And the year of 2015 was wonderful. I kept my mileage short, letting myself slowly build up while trying to hold a decent pace. I raced a few 5ks and gradually dragged my time down to 23 minutes and some change. I let my sister, Jessi, coach me in the 21 Day Fix and PiYo (which I loved). And from both of those I saw and felt great results. I was never too tired to take care of my two little ones (well...let's not completely discount those sleepless nights), but my fitness goals were reasonable for my current phase of life, and I enjoyed everything I did.
The year 2016 was to be (as my friend, Lynzey, named it) the "Year of the Race." Jason and I had a little half-marathon race series planned, and I was looking forward to it immensely! January was to be the Elkmont Half-Marathon. February would be our annual Seaside trip and half-marathon. March would be Scottsboro, but they moved it so March became a half marathon in Bowling Green, KY, and April would be Oak Barrel, which neither of us had ever run.
I believe I've written about Elkmont, Seaside, and Bowling Green, and this past weekend we ran Oak Barrel. It was fabulous! I loved the gorgeous course and the challenging hills. I had heard so much talk of "Whiskey Hill" that I had built it up to be much worse in my mind than it actually was. Maybe this was due to all the crazy hill runs with my friend, Julia (who let me just say right now WON the race this weekend).
|Me and my hilly course running pal, Julia!|
At the race I discovered my dear friend, Shannon and her twin, Stacy would be running, and I knew we ran a similar pace so I started with them. I had such a great time running with them and catching up with Shannon. We stayed together for the entire race, chatting the whole time.
|Climbing Whiskey Hill|
|Making the final dash to the finish line!|
I count Oak Barrel a success, and I feel so blessed to have gotten to run it. I feel blessed whenever I get to run these days and I'm focusing on enjoying the journey instead of getting all wrapped up in my finishing times. Okay...so I'm a little wrapped up in my finishing times, but only as a way of motivating myself to push harder and keep training.
I may not be where I want to go yet, and I may be further back than I thought I'd be at this point, but I'm enjoying the process of getting there and... I intend to keep going!