It’s no secret that I love holidays of all kinds, but one of my absolute favorites is St. Patrick’s Day. Usually, it means indulging in green beer. corned beef and cabbage. This year, the holiday falls on a Saturday, which means even more partying, right? Maybe. But first, we’re gonna run five miles. After plenty of encouragement from Andrea and Anna, I finally signed up this week for a 5 mile race being held in honor of St. Patty’s.
Because of all the issues I’ve worked through with running, I was a bit skeptical about the length. Last year’s Race to Wrigley was only a 5K, and I have never run five miles straight without stopping. But on Saturday, I had a wonderful breakthrough! Dan mapped out a route for us and told me we could cut it short or walk at any time. But something wonderful happened – we didn’t! I ran 4.2 miles without stopping, and it only took about 45 minutes. It was glorious.
So now … I have about six weeks to continue to improve on distance and time. And I’m definitely more excited about it now!
The only concern I have at this point is balancing weight training and a running training schedule. I had originally planned to get back into the weight lifting program from my book, but I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to put too much on myself at once. The last couple of times I’ve tried to do too much … I’ve ended up with a sprained ankle. I think I’m going to focus on the running goals for now with some weight training sprinkled in. I can go back to more of a musclebound focus on March 18th 🙂