When I agreed to #RunSarasota, I knew that training in the winter was not my favorite time to run. That’s just a fact. If it gets below 60, I’m freezing. But I had done it before, surely I could do it again. I had a lot of friends who were also doing the race, so I knew I could count on them to help me stay on track with my training.
As a runner, you have to have discipline. There are millions of training plans out there for one to follow in preparation of running a 5k, 10k, half marathon, or marathon distance race. Whatever the distance you choose, there’s a training plan out there. But what is not out there, is a life training plan.
What I did not know, was that 2015 would come with a lot of surprises and not the happy kind. After losing two family members almost a month apart, traveling back and forth to Puerto Rico took its toll on me. And while running would always cheer me up, I just didn’t have the physical or mental strength to get me out the door.
I thought about it a lot. Denise knows. It was a hard decision to make. #RunSarasota is a great race on a beautiful course. And I really wanted that jacket, and let’s not forget that beautiful medal. But, I want to run ’till I’m old. I’ve been “fortunate” to have been running all this time without injury. I didn’t want to risk getting hurt for lack of training.
The good news is that registration is now open for the 2016 #RunSarasota half marathon, relay and 10k distance! If you register by March 17th, you can save 55%. If you register by March 18th, you can save 45%. Or save 35% if you register between March 19-22nd.
Do you wait until the last minute to sign up for races?
How close do you follow your training plan when training for a race?
Last Saturday I ran the Red Ribbon Half Marathon in Lakeland. I had a vague idea of the course and some friends warned me about the hills. But really, how hilly could it be? This is Florida after all. Well, they weren’t kidding. But before I get ahead of myself, here are my top five reasons to run this race.
- Beautiful Course: This course went through some of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Lakeland. Some of those houses could be on the cover of Better Homes and Gardens. I knew the homes around Lake Hollingsworth were beautiful, I just didn’t realize how many more beautiful houses were outside of that area. In addition, we ran through the Florida Southern College Campus which was amazing as well.
- Spectators: Throughout the entire course there were people cheering for us! I did not expect this at all. It was a great surprise especially since I went to the race by myself. So, people of Lakeland, Thank you! Oh, and to those kids handing out the icy paper towels at mile 11, THANK YOU!
- Supplies: So thankful for all the volunteers offering both Gatorade and water throughout the course. Half way through they were handing out Gu packets. Yum. Later on, I saw some bananas too. And let’s not forget the porta potties. Thank you!
- Challenge: If you are looking for a race to test your stamina and endurance, this would be it. There was a very long and steady incline hill at around mile marker 4. But the worst was Success Hill and Massachusetts Avenue both at mile 11 and 12. Yes, there were two very big hills, for Florida, so close to the finish line. Talk about intense. Despite all the hills, I was somehow able to manage a new PR!
- Fun: This was one of the most exciting courses I’ve done. I wasn’t able to do early packet pickup so I was a little rushed in the morning picking up my bib, but once the race started all the nerves settle down and it was a very enjoyable experience.