I went to the doctor yesterday for my follow up and I am officially cleared to start running again. Of course I don’t plan to go run a half marathon this weekend. I do plan to start back slow and easy. No need to rush, I have plenty of time to get back on track with some serious training.
I do have to admit that even though it was only 2 1/2 weeks, I was actually starting to get a little depressed. I found myself easily agitated and began to be a little mean to my hubby. (I am so sorry honey!) It’s definitely not his fault but he happened to be around me the most so he was in firing range. And for me (recovering alcoholic) getting depressed, agitated and all that is serious. So hearing the doctor tell me I can get back to running almost made me cry. I immediately became giddy and estatic, texting everyone I know!
With that said I have several races coming up.
January 19th – Jubilee Run/Walk/Drag With Color 5k
This is new for Pensacola and we are very excited about it. It is a small version of what everyone is talking about, The Color Run. This is a casual fun run where you will be doused with Mardi Gras colors. If you didn’t know, kickoff of Mardi Gras celebrations started this past weekend here in Pensacola.
February 2nd – Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15k
Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15k/5k. I will be doing the 15k. I did it last year for the first time and loved it. I really loved the challenge of the bridges.
March 16h – Bayou Hills 5k/10k
This is a nice hilly course through East Hills. This was my first ever 10k last year. This year I am coaching “My First 5k/10k” group and they will be running this as their race. I plan to run with the 10k group, so not shooting for PR but planning to get my group to the finish line.
April 7th – Gulf Coast Half Marathon, Pensacola Beach
This is a half marathon series where they have different race locations to include Gulf Shores, AL; Pensacola Beach, FL and Mandeville, LA. I volunteered with my running group, Phat Girlz, last year. We provided the half way water stop and it was a blast. Although I remember it being very windy, so hoping this year the weather is good. It’s a flat course, so I will definitely be ready to see what I can deliver in this race.
This is my registered race calendar for the next 4 months. It makes me very excited to write these down and now I can resume my training, even though it’s not for the marathon in February, I’m happy to know I will be racing. I have not picked another marathon but it may end up being the Pensacola Marathon in November.
Many of you have struggled with bumps in the road of your training, whether it be an injury or what have you. How did you handle not running and when you were released, how soon were you back to your level of training? How soon did you race?