Last year, I spent most of the year injured. First, there were shin issues that just didn’t want to resolve. Then, in July I fractured a couple bones in my left foot at the Colonial Beach Sprint Triathlon. Sometime in September, I fractured a bone in my right foot, which I didn’t discover until I was getting x-rays of my left foot because I had re-fractured those previously broken bones by running too soon. Once I was able to start running pain-free in early November, I vowed to run smartly, follow my training plan to a T, and listen to my body. I signed up for my goal spring race, the Anthem Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA. The three previous years I had ran the Townebank 8K, but I decided that since this training cycle was going to be my successful, triumphant return to racing that I would register for the half. The last half I did was the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in April 2013 and I missed running 13.1. It is my favorite distance. I trained smart all winter; I followed my coach’s training plan religiously. Even if my legs felt great and I wanted to run longer (or faster), I held back. I was going to get the Anthem Half Marathon injury-free.
In late February, my local moms running club (MRTT) put out a call for ladies to run on the MRTT team for a local event, the Pacers St. Patrick’s Day 8K. I didn’t even give it a second thought – I wasn’t going to do any “racing” until the Half because I didn’t want to risk injury. However, the first week of March my daughter and husband had to travel overseas for a week due to a family emergency. Because I had so much time to myself, when another call came out for runners, I went ahead and signed up. My training plan for the race day called for an easy 8 mile run (I was in taper for the half marathon, which was the following weekend) so I decided that I would run the 8k and then finish up with an easy three mile run around the Mall since I would be in DC for the race.