I’ve been MIA!!! Update!!!

NO excuse! But I’ve been way too busy to keep up with my blog. Blogging is more work than I thought it would be. Choosing topics…… to thinking of things to talk about other than yourself can be hard. LOL…

What I’ve been up to:

December 2012 – Didn’t run the Double Road Race! 😦 That morning it was raining! Not an excuse but this time it’s an excuse. Just got over pneumonia 3 wks before, I didn’t think it would be smart. I’m a nurse and I know how bad getting sick can be. Next year for sure!!!

January 2013 – Recoup time!! My friend had asked me before the NWM to run a half in February. When I went to register, I saw they had a 10k also! I decided to run the 10k! Again, having just recently had pneumonia, thought it was smart not to push myself. I would have about 4 wks to train. See a pattern here? I totally baby myself. I hate set backs and if I can hopefully control them, I will.

February 2013 – Completed the Brazen Racing Bay Breeze Race 2/16 10k. Time 59:27 6.34 miles. That morning they measured the course a little longer. My first 10k! Not bad! I missed top 10 in my age group by 20 seconds! I think this is why they say you race against yourself because if I had known, I would have kicked it in high gear the last mile!!! This was an up and back run! I’m not a fan of up and back! I ran one and hated it. We were all squeezed on this small sidewalk. I must say, they did a really great job running this race. Very organized and not crowded after the first 3/4 of a mile. I will definitely race in another one of their races.

March 2013 – Decided to start a photography business. I’ve been into photography since the film days. 🙂 Love it!!! Why the change from hobby to business? Been thinking about it for a while! I think it clicked while I was taking basketball pictures of my son’s high school team this year. I started off just doing my son’s team (freshman), then players and parents were asking me if I took pictures of their kids. So I started taking JV and Varsity pictures. Everyone absolutely loved it and I’ve gotten such positive feedback, I decided to finally take the step. It will just be part time for now. I already have plenty of equipment, it’s a matter of making it official!!!

Also this month, I sat down and decided my racing goal for this year will be to run one race a month. Remember I’m new to running. I’ve been trying to kick up my pace to sub 9:30’s and so far keeping it there!!! I have a 10k Nike Virtual race this saturday. 🙂 Then in April there is a race for education for my city. I haven’t decided if I want to do the half or 5k. Haven’t really decided my distance preference. So far, I like 10k’s and half’s.

That’s about it in a nutshell! I hope this is start to keep up my blog! Sorry I was MIA!!!

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Double Road Race!! Ever heard of one????

A new sport comes to America Sunday, Dec. 23 in Pleasanton, Calif., with the first-ever staging on American soil of a unique new running competition called the Double Road Race™ (or Double for short).

A distance race consisting of two legs — an opening 10K (6.2 miles) leg, followed by a 5K (3.1 miles) leg, with a short break in between, winners to be decided on best aggregate time — the Double is the brainchild of running visionary and innovator Bob Anderson, founder and former publisher of Runner’s World magazine, and an avid runner for 50 years.

“It’s not two races in one day,” says Anderson in describing his creation, “It’s one race with two legs. This is the only running event with a halftime.”

Wow!! One of my many ads on the right side of my facebook had this race listed. Of course, curious me, I clicked on it and was sold!!! It’s different and I like doing different thing (really?). I’ve only done one half marathon and have no desire to complete a full marathon. Running races like this would be a nice change from the norm.

I signed up last week and was one of the first 800 runners, so I get a bag full of cool goodies!! That was about the best thing that happened after I signed up, the worse thing…….I came down with pneumonia. ME! ME!!!! I rarely get sick and I’m a clean freak!!! I had the flu the beginning of last week and by friday I felt better. Signed up for the race and that night I felt like a mack truck ran me over!!!!!!

Stubbornly went to the doctor, chest x-ray done and Botta Bang….pneumonia. I’ve been slowly recovering from this. Shortness of breath is kicking my butt! I’m a runner and I shouldn’t be short of breath without running!!! I haven’t run in 1 1/2 wks and I have 17 days until this race. I probably won’t be able to run again until mid week next week, which will give me 10 days to race day. At this point, I really want to do this race. It’s new and I wanna be apart of it. So we shall see how preparing for this race will be. 🙂

Check it out Double Road Race

If you can make it sign up!!!
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