First off, I feel pretty good about my last two weeks of training. I did not miss a run, in spite of having a trial and a conference to attend. In fact, I think the runs actually helped in both circumstances. Training is going well. Seeing all the races this weekend that my friends, Nascar drivers, and Team RunDisney participated in added to the motivation to keep it going, and reminded me that running season is beginning. I was amazed at the times of Nascar drivers Kasey Kahne and Jimmy Johnson at the half marathon they ran the morning before qualifying for the Daytona 500. Both sub-1:30! Congratulations to everyone who raced this weekend.
Things are getting ready to shift into a higher gear for me. A two mile run with my oldest son in a couple of weeks (can’t wait!); only a couple more long runs until Run The Bluegrass; and then it is the Kenucky Derby Mini Marathon and Bay to Breakers in short order after that.
I thought I would share the weather for my last two runs. It is a miracle I am not sick. Wednesday brought a snow burst and 30 degrees. Friday brought a conference in Fort Lauderdale and 70 degrees. I think I enjoyed the 30 degree run more, and was actually excited to get to run in the snow, although Fort Lauderdale warmth certainly had its benefits. I felt blessed to be able to run in both climates, but in Fort Lauderdale I missed running my long run with my wife/running partner. I think it was our first long run that we have not shared over the last year or so.
On another note, for anyone looking to make a training run more meaningful, I would suggest the Sandy Hook Run For The Families, taking place on Saturday, March 23. No, you don’t have to go to Connecticut. You can run or walk virtually and join the more than 10,000 runners and walkers that will be participating in Hartford, CT, to support the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. You can enter the race as a “Virtual Runner” for a $25 entry fee (until 2/28 – $30 after that). You run a 5K wherever you are. They will list your name in the results (without a finish time) and will mail you a race shirt after the event. Your entry fee is a 100% donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. What a great idea to support a great cause. If you’re going to run or walk anyway, why not sign up for this?