Saturday, March 17, 2012
It's our annual St. Patty's Day Brew & Stew! Yikes! That rolled around A LOT faster than I had planned on! Didn’t we just celebrate Valentines? How did the calendar fly by that fast and me not be ready for this race? I have to admit, that racing isn’t my forte. I think many people just LOVE racing for the race itself. For me, it was a little backwards. I was VERY overweight and unhealthy. As I got more fit, I tried new workouts - pushed myself a bit each time. Then, it got to the point where running was my next logical thing to try. I really, really like running longer, slower distances; just me and the trail, at my own pace. Races make me nervous. They are faster paced and I’m not all that comfortable running in a crowd. But, I do a few a year just to “keep me honest” if you will, for if I have a race to train for, I’ll push myself a little harder. It makes me workout, even on days I maybe don't feel like doing it, because I'm in training for an event. Also, I’m a cardio person by nature, so when I’m training for the races, I have an extra push to get my strength training in. It’s amazing how much easier running is when your legs are strong. Who would have thunk it?
So, this afternoon I’m off and running - literally! Wish me luck!
I think I’ll need it. It’s a proven fact that our bodies respond to running the best when the temps are around 60 degrees F or cooler and decrease in efficiency with every 5 degree increment above that. Just to show how hard this first race of the season will be, just based on temps alone, last year we raced at 27 degrees (okay, that was probably a little cold!LOL) and this year we are forecasted to be in the upper 70’s! Nasty! We’re just not used to that kind of heat yet!
And then to RUN in it!
Happy St. Patty’s Day!