I am interrupting my Ragnar Recaps for a little update on things going on in my racing life and well, just life in general.
Sometime last fall after B2B, I shared my upcoming race schedule for the winter and spring. Since I know most of you aren’t constantly stalking my Races Page, I imagine you haven’t noticed a few changes in the schedule.
Bad news first…
This weekend is the 3M 1/2 Marathon. It was going to be my brother’s first 1/2 marathon, a fun weekend with my family and a reunion with my Hood to Coast teammates, Elizabeth, Tricia and Jennifer. But I will not be going to Austin this weekend.
In December, one day after his 90th birthday, my Pepaw passed away. He spent most of his life in Florida, working as an aerospace engineer at NASA, but for the last 5 years or so he lived in Lynchburg, Virginia (at an awesome community that I talked about here), where he grew up and still had friends from high school!
Pepaw chose to be cremated, but my Mom and her sisters are going to Lynchburg this weekend to clean out his apartment and have a memorial for him. Brad and I will go up Saturday and stay until after the memorial on Tuesday. I wasn’t especially close to Pepaw, since he lived far away most of my life, but it is still hard to see my mom lose her father and know how hard that must be for her. Please know, I am okay! The weekend will be a celebration of his life and a chance for me to see my California aunts for the first time in several years.
I don’t want this to seem insensitive as I jump from one subject to the next, but because this blog is mostly about running, I want to share the good news update on my racing schedule as well.
So, the good news…
After we cancelled our trip to NYC in November, Molly, Jocelyn and I found ourselves constantly brainstorming via text and email when we could reschedule and get together in New York. Of course, we wanted to the trip to surround a race (duh!), and we tried our best to find a weekend that worked for all three of us. Jocelyn suggested that we enter the lottery for the NYC 1/2 Marathon. Unfortunately Molly is already running RnR in DC that weekend, but I went ahead and entered anyway, not really thinking I stood a chance of getting picked. BUT, I GOT IN!!
So, instead of attempting to go sub-1:40 in Austin this weekend, I will be gunning for it on March 17th in NYC. I will be deep in peak week of marathon training, so we will see what my legs have left, but I am beyond excited to run the streets of NYC and see some of my favorite people for the weekend!
In the end, after the disaster of running that was last weekend (more to come on that soon), I believe that running 3M wasn’t really in the cards for me anyway. My brother had an injury and his training was derailed too, so we are hoping to try again in 2014.
Run Fast and Never Give Up!