Pacers St. Patrick’s Day 8K Race Report

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.

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2014 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler

I'm in!

I’m in!

I’m in!

I hadn’t planned to enter the lottery, but a friend invited me to join as part of her team.  So, I did.  A part of me hoped that I would not get selected, but once I received the email this morning, I was elated.  I guess I did care.  That’s a lie.  I KNOW that I care and that, deep down, I wanted the opportunity to run this race again.  You see, I was selected via lottery to run the 10 miler in 2012 (or maybe 2011?), but couldn’t run due to injury.  I didn’t even start!  This year, I had some nagging shin issues going into the race, but I was confident that I would not only start, but finish.  And, guess what?  I had to stop at mile 6.  The pain was simply too intense that even walking had become a problem.  The 2013 Cherry Blossom 10 Miler was my first DNF.  Boo.  Hiss.

So.  I have some unfinished business for next year’s race.  I’ll start strong and healthy – and injury-free – and I’ll finish the same way.

Let’s do this!

2014 Race Calendar

I am a planner.  I love having a calendar full of events to look forward to.  I’ve been getting antsy that I didn’t have a plan of events for 2014 so I finally took care of it this past weekend.  Here’s what is on tap (so far) for 2014:

March 2014
Shamrock Half Marathon

April 2014
Nike Women’s Half Marathon.  I entered the lottery and hope to get in again.

May 2014
Kinetic Sprint Triathlon
Jim McDonnell Lake Swim

June 2014
Rock Hall Sprint Triathlon
Rev3 Williamsburg Half

July 2014
Colonial Beach International Triathlon

August 2014
Luray Sprint Triathlon

October 2014
Waterman’s Half

November 2014
Ironman Cozumel