While I've been soaking up all the family fun I can, I have still been training. Training pretty hard I might add. I'm planning on Wichita's Full Marathon on October 18th. I decided to cut back much of my other racing though. It's 5K season in these parts and if I wanted to, I could race race one every weekend. But I've got better things to do with my time this season.
I've run three 20+ milers as part of my full training and things are going well. I may run one 5K in October, a few weeks before the marathon. Besides that I'm enjoying my long runs with good friends on early Saturday mornings. Then I have a whole entire weekend to enjoy my family.
So that's that, minus one minor detail. I'm celebrating my birthday this weekend with one more race. I turn 28 on Sunday, September 20th. Wichita's Half Marathon just happens to be the same day. I was so excited when I learned this months ago. It always falls near my birthday, but never right on it. So, I will celebrate appropriately this year!
It always has a great turn out and it's one of my favorite ways to spend a Sunday morning.
One bummer is that I think I killed my iPod. It dumped rain on me last week and I think the rain claimed my special iPod's life. While any inconvenience like this stinks, this is a particularly hard blow to me. My Dad gave this shuffle to me. He had it engraved. He's always been my biggest fan and I carry his words of encouragement with me during most runs and almost every race. While I have another solution for loading up my motivating tunes, I'm still pretty bummed that I won't have my Dad's gift to take on my special birthday journey this year.Either way though, I always hear his words to me as I run. And come this Sunday, I'm ready to "GO GET 'EM!"