I’m so excited. Race week is here, finally. It has been a long long time since I have competed in a race, but the Cooper River Bridge Run is this weekend, April 2nd. My last race was the end of September 2015. That’s a long break for me! During this hiatus I realized how much I miss racing. I got a taste of racing a few weeks ago when I ran 2 legs of Peyton’s Wild and Wacky 10x5k ultra marathon, for a total of 6.2 miles. It was absolutely wonderful to be back in the running community. I was able to support my friend by attending a race in honor of his son who passed away and I was able to reconnect with a lot of my running friends I hadn’t seen in a long time. However, for me it was more of a training run and not a race. Last year I raced the whole race….boohoo– I really really wanted to be able to do the whole thing this year but alas I’ll wait until next year (hopefully!).
Spring is springing here in Charleston providing longer hours of daylight, warmer temperatures, and more opportunities to get out and exercise! We’re no longer relegated to treadmill running or bike trainer workouts. Outdoor neighborhood pools will open soon. We can now move all of our workouts outside. However, with greater freedom comes a greater need to focus on safety. Safety concerns are found all areas of exercise, however, with triathlon season approaching, I’m going to focus on swim, bike, and run safety.
If you read our blog often, you know Siobhan and I are Skirt Sports Ambassador Captains. If you know us personally, I bet you would never suspect either of us would run in a skirt. And yes, at first I used to think it was too girly, and didn’t see the point. Then I tired one…(and I must mention we get no kickpacks from recommending Skirt Sports!)
Life seems to get busier and busier. I feel as though I’m running around now more than ever before. When my children were little I was so busy trying to get my workouts in between feeding, napping, and playing. Then there was a happy lull when they first entered school and I felt like a new person with so much time on my hands! I would drop the kids off at school, get a workout in, go to work, and still have time in the day to get other stuff done. Now I’m in a new stage of life. My sweet spot of minimal activity is over. Now I find myself racing from activity to activity struggling to fit everything in while my children are in school –not to mention driving all around town after school. For the first time in a long long time, I sometimes have a hard time trying to fit in my workouts for the day. I get it done, but I’m sure I’ve forgotten to do something and if that ‘something’ was supposed to be for you I apologize.
Over the last few years I’ve gotten wise with my older age. I’ve learned I can plan a race and vacation in one. A “race-cation”! Which not only helps justify the expense, but provides a greater experience for me, as well as opportunities and fun for the family members who accompany me.