"Quit? Retire? Hell, no. Next year I'm really gonna train." --Marty Liquori, 1977
(you know I love this one!)
So when we left off I was deciding which 5k to go to. Actually, after I published my last post and was reading over it, the new 5k jumped off the page at me. I was glad to see we all agreed, great minds think a like. So Sat. am off I went to Petal, MS. I definitely made the right decision. One of my newer friends in Petal just ran the Chicago marathon. She ran it in honor of her daughter, Mary Claire, who has Retts Syndrome. See link for details about Retts Syndrome http://www.rettsyndrome.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=621&Itemid=994
I donated and received a shirt a few weeks ago, but I didn't realize this race was one of the races that many Mary Claire supporters would be at, and wearing the Miles for Mary Claire shirts. It was so great to see all of the supporters. Mary Claire has been blessed with strong and loving parents. So at 8:00 exactly, we were off and running in support of Mary Claire. There were around 80 runners I am told. The course was an out and back that had a couple of turns, and a couple of sharp curves in the road. I enjoyed the course, mostly because it was new (good choice). I ended up running 24:08. I WORKED really HARD for that 24:08. That was all I had today. The weather was around 54 degrees to start with a real feel of 51 degrees. The last 5k that I raced before St. George, the weather was 74 degrees with a real feel of 83 degrees and I ran 23:27. Apparently St. George is still showing it's effects, but that's ok. I am back at the track, and I hope to get faster over the next few weeks. I ended up winning the ladies race. All of the faster ladies decided on the other races. This weekend as mentioned we had 3 5ks and a breast cancer walk in the area. It sounds like I am in a huge area, but no, it's actually a small city.
What a great feeling the afternoon after a 5k. I just feel so good. The endorphins are flying around like crazy and send me up in the clouds. Racing hard is the only way to get the feeling, so yes, I'm addicted to racing.
Sat. afternoon I headed down to Biloxi, MS to see Riverdance. For years,I have wanted to see this show, so today was the day. Lucky for me the sun came out, and it was a great day for a drive. Lucky me again because I went to the Coast solo. When I made it to the ticket office she asked how many tickets, "one", oh she says let me make a call, we may have one for you. Yippie! One free ticket just for me. You may recall on Monday a nice lady gave me a free pumpkin spice coffee, and today a free ticket to Riverdance. Nice! The group that donated the ticket was from Pennsylvania and someone in there party canceled at the last minute. She was so sweet. The show was great. It would have been worth the price of admission.
Today, under beautiful sunny cool skies, I headed out for a 10 mile run. I didn't get started until around 9:30. It's been many months since I could delay a long run until that time in the morning. I ended up making it 11. I felt great for most of the run. I had no plans for the run other than to be sure to, NOT run too fast.
I ended up running 9:20 pace and felt good doing it, except the last few hills did become challenging. This afternoon I finally managed to get a couple of chores done in the yard that have been on my 2do list, and bugging me. What a great weekend! Sad it's over so soon. Missing my hubby. Last tournament coming up this weekend in Orange Beach, AL. I hope to be heading to Gulf Shores later in the week. Can't wait!
Now I must quit this blog. I have to watch Farve beat Green Bay, I hope, and then get ready for my shows, Desperate Housewives and Brothers and Sisters. (my trashy pleasures)