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The long road to 26.2

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upcoming races

I’m slowly getting my race schedule for 2013 put together, and last night I just registered for my first half of the year! I’ll be running the 5th annual Maryland Half Marathon in May! I registered for the inaugural race 5 years ago but had to withdraw because I had injured myself in another half just three weeks prior. I must give them credit – while most race’s entry fees have gone up year by year, this race has held its value – they’re still charging exactly the same entry fee as they did 5 years ago! It’s a fair bit flatter than Baltimore, although nowhere near as flat at Virginia Beach, so it’ll be a good practice run for Baltimore this fall.


I have also registered for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k in June – this will be my third running. It’s a nice low-key-but-still-big event. It’s the second longest running women’s only race in the US and there are usually several thousand women running, from those running 5:00 miles to those walking 35:00 miles. This past year it was pretty toasty, even at 8:00am, and nasty humid, but it was still fun (even though I ran it completely untrained this past year – it was a good wake-up call for me). The bright side? Even if you’re having an awful day, there’s guaranteed to be someone behind you.

ImageI have my eye on a few others, but should probably save up some money before registering for any more races… 🙂

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I think about the Biggest Loser contestants all the time when I’m working out. And I talk to the contestants about running, and running races. I’ve told them that once you start doing it and you have a PR, no matter what distance, next thing you know you want to beat it. There’s such great energy at races, and people from all different walks of life, all abilities. I love being able to share that with contestants. I’m a working mom, not a professional athlete, but I am a runner and that’s a special club. I love the community of running–when you go out and run, you see other runners, little head nod or wave, you’re part of something. And you see a difference in your body and your endurance. -Alison Sweeney, Host, The Biggest Loser

I agree, that’s completely why I run – the addictive nature of it. When I figured skated, I felt the same way – you’re always trying for something you can’t do, for something that alludes you for weeks or even months, and then one day, just as you’re about to give up, you break through the wall and hit your goal. Suddenly, what once seemed impossible is suddenly just part of you. That group, that community that you once looked at from the perspective of an outsider, you’re suddenly in on. As soon as you hit your goal, you set a new goal, and the cycle continues. Without the cycle, without that drive to always be better, what’s the point? What motivates you to get out there on those cold, windy days? The drive to always be better. Knowing that what was once impossible is suddenly not only possible, but easy.

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It may be three weeks too late for the Celtic Solstice, but I finally got 5 miles in in under an hour! 59:33 to be exact. Woohoo!! Better late than never, right? Plus it puts me in a strong mindset going into half training for the spring, which is quickly creeping up on me. As cold as it is out right now, it’s hard to believe that spring is just around the corner.