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Hello runners, friends and runner friends! It’s been a busy week and I’ve been posting lots more than usual, or at least it feels that way. Thanks to those of you that keep on reading. My last running related post was about how I’m currently running whatever I want to run. This morning, I ran 5 miles and decided to run 1 hard one in between, just because I felt like it. That is SUCH a good feeling to be able to turn it on or off on a whim instead of running my plan dictated pace or distance.
I’m going to enjoy that feeling for a few more weeks, then it’ll be time to get serious again.
My torn achilles recovery was really tough. I wouldn’t wish that sort of thing on anyone. Sometimes in hardship, lessons are learned and we grow. Rehab and recovery from that injury made me face many of my weaknesses and improve upon them. I started doing things in the gym that I probably wouldn’t have ever tried if not for my physical therapists and trainer. They helped me in ways I can’t begin to explain, both mentally and physically. It’s partly because of that experience that I made the decision to try something with running that will take me WAY outside of my comfort zone. I’m running Blue Ridge next April!
Blue Ridge is about as local a marathon as I’m going to get, since Roanoke, VA is a little over an hour from where I am. The area is BEAUTIFUL, with the Blue Ridge Parkway being part of the course I’m in for a treat. The total elevation gain/loss is 7,430 feet (that’s not a typo). I’ll have 7 hours and 30 minutes to find a way. I’ve never DNF’d yet, and I don’t plan to. 🙂
I better start running some hills. LOOK AT THIS.
Besides a big challenge and beautiful views, there are other perks to Blue Ridge. You have your typical race shirt and finisher medal stuff, as well as a beer ticket (can’t wait to find out what beer), live music (a music FESTIVAL, actually) at the finish, and FREE RACE PHOTOS. Anybody that’s run big events knows what those can cost, so that’s a big one.
This will be my 9th marathon (I think), but Blue Ridge really will be unlike anything else I’ve done. It will push me in ways I haven’t been pushed before. I WILL NOT BQ THIS RACE. I WILL NOT PR THIS RACE. That’s ok. In a way, I’m excited about not caring about pace.
I have quite a bit of time to get ready for this one, since it isn’t until April. I’m going to have to train for this one like I’ve never trained before. This won’t just be about adding miles. I’m going to have to add hills. My strength training will be needed more than ever too. Hopefully, I can get a training plan put together this month. Hopefully, I’ll have a little help from my friends (like YOU).
I’d LOVE for some of you to join me for this one! It’s close to home and I’d love to share the area that I live with whoever wants to get to know it.
If you’re interested, I have a discount code to hook you up with. Use BRMRAVE for 20% off of your choice of distance! There are 3 (4 unofficially, since some crazies do a DOUBLE MARATHON) with the marathon, half marathon and 10k.