Well heavens y'all, it's been three and a half weeks since my last post. I knew I needed a rest, but that was more like a sabbatical. Not much going on these days. I've kayaked a few times, visited my grandchildren, kayaked with the grandchildren, biked once and have only been running a few times at shorter distances. After my half marathon last month, I sort of went into a runner's slump. I think it's pretty normal, though. You prepare for the big race, anticipate it, then it comes and goes so quickly and all you're left with is the question, "What now"?
Well yes, really! So, I did what any red-blooded runner would do. I sat down with the computer and my life planner and started registering for more races. I don't know about you, but having something in my life planner keeps me on task. If I have planned races, then rest assured I'll be training for them. Back on track and it feels good! Holler!
Speaking of tracks...there are all kinds. There are track records....and then there's tracking down someone. I'll explain...
First of all, I realized that I slipped when giving you my monthly stats, hence the track record. And I know you must be wondering. So, let's get to it.
Ran: 82.78 miles
Best Pace: 12:59
Longest run: 12 miles
Longest ride: 20.01
Races: No races this month. Gearing up for October's Half Marathon
Ran: 41.18 miles
Best Pace: 12:47
Longest run: 13.1 miles (half marathon)
Bike: 10.44 miles
Longest ride: 10.44 miles
Races: Georgetown Bridge to Bridge Half Marathon (Yes! I did it)
Kayak: 15 miles
Running plans for the near future:
I've registered for two 5Ks. The first in a couple of weeks and the second in December.
2014 Running plans thus far:
Jan - May run the Charleston Half Marathon
Mar - BFF 10K (Breast Cancer Awareness)
Apr - The Divas Half Marathon
So, that's my running track record.... I feel so blessed to be able to run. I truly do love it. Thanks for hanging in there with me as I bombard you with all these stats. Hopefully, I can inspire you to get your running shoes on. Just do it...I promise you'll reap great rewards.
Now speaking of reaping great rewards...... I mean, you hope you can inspire someone along the way. But, how great is it that you actually do. I had an experience today with someone who tracked me down. Literally! I couldn't believe it.
I answered the phone this afternoon and on the other end was a lady that said, "I hope you don't think I'm weird for tracking you down."
What in the world?
I could not imagine.
She went on to tell me that she ran the 5K Race in Georgetown last month and was looking over the results, saw my name on the Half Marathon roster and that I was from the same town as she....and literally tracked me down. She's the secretary for the Methodist Church and asked around at work if anyone knew me and someone told her that they thought I went to the Baptist Church in town. So, she called the Baptist Church secretary and of course, she gave this lady my number. The lady called my home number and didn't get an answer, so she called my mother-in-law's number which was next on the list. My mother-in-law then gave her my cell phone number. And finally, I got the call.
Apparently, she wanted to tell me how awesome she thought it was that I ran the half. She told me she has just started walking/running and wondered if I could give her some pointers and tell her some safe places to run in town. Well, I was blown away. I mean, you would think that I could inspire someone I know, someone in my circles or even someone who may read this blog. But, never would I have imagined that I would inspire someone who saw my name on a Race Roster. Huh, you just never know. Well, one thing led to another and we spent nearly an hour on the phone and made plans to run together some, possibly next week.
I'm humbled to say the least and I am so thankful I made a positive influence on someone. I think I'll keep on running.
Do you have a passion that could possibly make a difference in someone's life? Let me encourage you to keep doing it. You never know when someone is watching.