I am happy to report that I have committed myself, (aka pulled out the credit card), to a few races in the upcoming Spring months. My hope to prepare for a few spring races and stick to a training schedule all-year that will leave me well prepared for my first marathon this fall. Knowing myself, if I don't have something that keeps me running now, I will be struggling to get to the full 26.2 mile mark in November.
Now that I have clicked the registration button, the hard part begins....training! While I have an half marathon under my belt, psychologically I feel like I am starting again from square one. After battling some knee pain after my last race in December and overcoming bronchitis in January, my running shoes have not hit pavement in over 3 months. Additionally, the bitter cold temperatures and blistery wind coupled with the early sunsets haven't been pushing me out the door.
So it goes without saying that I am in need of some serious training to include getting these legs running again and pairing a weight lifting regime to my training to strengthen the muscles to support my knees.
The Spring 2011 schedule begins with an easy 5K run in Washington DC. My friend Kerry organized a team, "Team Java", to run in Scope It Out 5K, on March 20th. Of course, I always love the opportunity to run in the beautiful city of DC, but it doesn't get any better when you are running with great friends, for a great cause, and a yummy brunch afterward!
Next on the list is the Marine Corp Historic Half. This race will take place in Fredericksbur