First race of 2014 ATLANTA GA
Hi friends! I have been so busy with my work at the hospital that it hasn’t left me with much time to work on here, but now I am back and ready to roll. First off, I have a big race next weekend.. this will be the biggest race ever that I have taken part in.
We have had the winter from hell up here in Maine… snow, snow and more snow. I am so tired of having to do my mileage on the treadmill on our unheated porch. I am ready for sun and warmth. I’ve been trying to figure out in my mind what I will wear for this race… not wanting to be unprepared, I will likely overpack my suitcase like I always do. It’s just harder when you’re flying, now that you have to pay for your checked bags with most airlines.
Why Atlanta? I run with a team of people that are coached by Caleb Masland. The team is known as Team Wicked Bonkproof. I have to say, from what I have seen from my team mates, they are amazing athletes, and I am inspired by all of them. There are close to 100 of us in call, from all over the world. Some of us will be meeting in Atlanta to do this race. Some doing the half, some the full. Others are prepping for Boston.
What are my goals for this race? I don’t really have any other than to finish, since it’s my first race of the season. I will be running in a warmer climate than I have been in since October, and I’m still fighting the tail end of a cold that I’ve had for over a week. I also put on 10 lbs, but when running, it feels like 25. In my mind, it slows me down a lot, and I don’t perform as I want to. So, long story short, as long as I finish, I will be happy. I have plenty of races this summer where I will concentrate more on my timing and pace. This one is just for fun! Of course, once I am sporting this baby, it’ll be even more sweet!
If anyone is interested in looking at the course map, it is below:
One word summary, HILLY !
The best part of this trip will be spending time with an old childhood friend. She moved to Georgia soon after we graduated, and has lived there ever since. I can’t wait to see her and hang out. We have lots to catch up on! I also have a trip to the Mizuno warehouse for a visit. Will be nice to see some of the folks I met last year when we did the Mezamashii video.
I will post a re-cap with photos afterwards. Anyone else racing next weekend? If you are, good luck! Run like the wind