Friday, March 13, 2015

I'm Here! Quick Update.

Oh my! How did it become March already?
I know I haven't been following through with my goal to blog more but some other things took over.

It's been a whirlwind of crazy. 
January was a complete blur. I think last time I wrote was about building us a dojo in our garage.
Yeah...that didn't happen. Our vacation was cut short because the guy that we hired to run the route, he had truck problems for the first half of the week. 
Then whatever couple days we could salvage from that week went spent driving back and forth to Columbia.

Why?

As y'all know, my Grandma suffered from Alzheimer's/Dementia for the past few years. 
And around the middle of January she got increasingly worse and passed away January 21st. 
Not going to lie, I took it hard. But found comfort in her not being in the state she was in and finally being reunited with my Grandpa. I also was extremely honored, when my Aunts asked me to participate in her memorial service. 

So needless to say my time and feelings were consumed with grief and traveling. I still found time to train for the Palmetto Bluff Half Marathon.

February, I really don't remember much of anything from this month. It was probably insanely busy between the Business and the Half training.

March, I completed my second Half Marathon. Yay me!!!

However truth be told, I'm not happy with my performance at all. As everyone, myself included, says I had a lot going on during training. Between Grandma passing, the traveling to and from Columbia, Business stuff, injuries, getting sick, and just life. It was a super sketchy training period. And I know this but it still doesn't make me feel better when I crossed the finish line at 3 hours and 10 minutes. I know I'm capable of soooooo much more. But sometimes it not about how well you do, it's about just finishing and well that's what I did.

I finished with burning thighs, my calf muscles feeling as if they were peeling from my legs, Frankentummy feeling blah during the whole race, my breathing all out of whack, and hitting that wall and not being able to find my groove during the whole race.

So here I type officially saying I am a Half Marathoner times 2. And outside the aches, pains, self doubt, and thinking about Grandma...all I could think about was signing up for another race and doing better in this one. 

Yes it was a struggle but I will gladly take this struggle any day, over the struggle I had before Gastric Bypass and running. Because before that struggle was day to day living. Now the struggle is better than I was during my last race or training run! :) It's truly amazing how much as changed in 2 and half years. 

Until next time! Happy running!

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