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Fall and Winter Running Oh My…..

December 19, 2021

The last quarter of my 2021 Run season was full of adventures and fun. After we got back from New Hampshire, it was time to start my Huntersville Half Marathon training. My friend from High School, Grady pulled together my plan, for the most part I followed it, except i had to modify it some cause I had 5 5K’s scheduled.

First one was the Jack-O-Latern 5K at Frank Liske Park, the course was close to Junebug course, except for a minor change. I ended up 4th, which for me still earned a medal. The next day, it was a costume race (The Spooky Sprint 5K) I dressed up as Forrest Gump, Daniel and Michelle dressed as the Devil and Jesus. We all did good and all medaled. I had a respectable time and finished 2nd in my age group.

November had 3 races on the calendar, first up was the Run for Veterans 5k, a tough little course with the last quarter mile was straight uphill. Finished under 30 mins, 4th in my age group, but no medal. The Santa Scramble was a before the Concord Christmas parade. It was a destination race, meaning it started and ended in 2 different spots, close to 400 people were in it. My anxiety was high cause I was worried about falling, mainly cause the route was lined with people waiting on the parade. Daniel and I both ran great races, but with our age groups loaded, neither of us finished top 3. Less than a week later we were out for our 2nd Butterball 5K. This field was loaded as well, and with another sub 30 time, no medal but a fun challenging course.

December started out with 2 10 mile runs as i prepared for the Huntersville Half Marathon. Dr. Levy signed up for this race and we met up at start line. My stress and anxiety were through the roof. Once the race started, everything settled down and we got into a steady pace of @10 min miles. We chatted as we went and it was fun to talk to him in a non office setting. As we chipped away at the miles, we came to the uphill challenge, I told him to go for it. When we got to the top, we stopped for a potty break, and that was the only time i stopped running. After we got going again, we had some uphill to go, and the course didn’t level out till Mile 12. As we turned into the finish line, a flood of emotions hit me. I did it, I had just ran 13.1 miles, something I didn’t think possible. To my surprise Connie was standing there at the finish line to out my finisher medal around my neck. I had to fight back the tears. My legs were sore, I suffered my first case of sore/bloody nipples. I was able to secure a post race massage from one of the vendors, it helped along with having to walk back to car that was over a mile away.

The rest of the month will be fun runs, and walks. I met my goal of a 1000 miles for the year. My 2022 Calendar is starting to take shape, including a 15K distance and my 2nd half in Myrtle Beach. My mileage goal is still up in the air…

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