Yesterday was the A1A Marathon and Half. The last couple of years this half has been the final exciting race in my season, but this year I didn’t have a season. I literally did not run in one single race, and I am comfortable with that. I’ve been busy with being a new homeowner, and the trade off has been worth it to me.
However, I generously received a free entry from the race organizers for A1A, and I was registered for the half. The thing is, as race day got closer I felt less and less excited about this race.
While I feel confident I could have covered the distance, I would have had zero expectations except to expect the worst. My training over the last couple of months has been all over the place, and many weeks I’ve just totally skipped any speed work.
My only commitment as of late has been to the mid-long run because I have a personal rule of keeping a base of at least 8 miles at all times. That’s why I feel sure I could have covered the half distance, but it wouldn’t have been pretty.
When I saw an email come through saying there was a heat advisory for race morning I decided I would not run this race. Instead I would wait for the crowds to clear and just go out for my own mid-long run along the race course later in the evening.
And that’s exactly what I did: 7 enjoyable miles along A1A all by myself.
I finished that run feeling good (my calves were super tight the first two miles but then they loosened up completely). My coach had seven miles on my schedule for yesterday and I did seven miles. If I had run A1A I don’t think I would have felt good. Physically it probably would have taken a lot out of me since my longest run over the last few weeks has only been eight miles, and mentally it would have torn me down since I am sure my time would have been very slow.
Even though I would have prepared myself for a slow, steady race it still stings when you cross the finish line far off your PR. I learned that last year.
I am sure that there are many more A1A half marathons in my future. I’m working with a coach now and I’m excited about the plan she has me on and the goals I am going to crush throughout 2017. I can definitely see myself running A1A again in 2018 with all of the confidence and gusto I had when I ran it in 2015.
So yeah, I didn’t run A1A but Ali did and I am sure she will have a great race recap up soon!
Other than running, here’s what else has been going on in my world:
1. I Bought a New Ring Holder!
On Friday I blogged about how much I love Amazon’s Interesting Finds section, and on that day I just happened to come across this cute cat ring holder (only $8)!
Thanks to the power of Amazon Prime it showed up at my doorstep yesterday. I wish it was closer to the holidays because I feel like this is the perfect stocking stuffer!
2. I’m Growing a Garden!
If you remember back in 2014 it seemed like every run blogger on the planet started their own garden and I was so jealous. I wanted to grow my own vegetables too, but that wasn’t really possible in my apartment complex.
Well, now that I have the space for a garden you better believe I am going to grow my own food!
Over the weekend I picked up a few things to get started with. I went with items that I use very frequently. If I can make these guys work I’ll definitely expand into other veggies!
3. Just Look at This Wise Cat!
Doesn’t it look like he’s ready to give some good advice? If only cats could speak our language.
Actually, I’m pretty sure his advice for everything would be “take a nap and see if you feel better after” which sounds like really good advice to me!
What did you get up to this weekend?
Do you grow any veggies in your garden?
PS: I am sooooooooooooooooo behind in responding to comments, replying to snapchat messages and responding to emails. I promise to get caught up today! I’m sorry if you’ve been waiting a long time for a reply!