I'm not one to wish my life away, but I have to say I'm glad to see the end of this dreary month approach. January and February of this year certainly won't go down as my worst, but it's been gloomy at best and downright depressing at worst. I haven't been faithful about keeping up with my blog, and writing it is very cathartic for me. Enough of that! On with spring!!
Along those lines, I'm headed to Destin this weekend in anticipation of running the Seaside Half Marathon on Sunday. I'm very excited, it will be my first race since NYC, and my first half marathon in over a year. This is my favorite distance, one in which I think I can eventually be more competitive.
My training has been off. I took extra time after the marathon to nurse my knee, which no doubt was at least partly responsible for my extended bad mood. But, my knee is better and I had a couple of better than decent long runs, so let's do this thing. The exciting thing about a race is that anything can happen. I'm not expecting a PR, but I'm also not going to rule one out. I've been basking in the taper the last week, with spin workouts and some extended walks. I plan to run tomorrow morning, as Gary & I are on our monthly sojourn to Natchez, and I love running here. It will be a really short, easy run. Just a little reminder to my legs that they have work to do this weekend.
Gary & I walked around downtown and went to the river this evening, and I can tell spring is near. The soft, warm breeze, coupled with the occasional whiffs of newly budding trees was like balm on a wound. I'm a southern girl and I need sunlight, warm breezes, and the occasional view of water (gulf or river) to soothe my soul. I'm thankful for every day of my life, I would just make them all warm days by or on the water if I could. Cold, dreary weather makes me cold and dreary, and I'm more than ready for the lightness of body and mind that spring brings.
Happy runs to you this week!! And, if you're racing this weekend, good luck!!