Monday, August 9, 2010

Chasing a Mouse

Happy Monday, runners! I hope that you all had a great weekend!

Friday, I set out for 4 miles at a trail by my office. I started on a pretty quick pace (for me) of 10 min/mile. I was enjoying the shade of the trail, the pretty evening and the ease of my pace when I looked down and about 10 feet in front of me, a big (about 5 feet long) nasty black snake was crossing the path. In case you don’t remember I am deathly afraid of snakes; black, rattle, garden, it does not matter—if it’s alive and close, I am pretty much freaking out. For those who say that they are more afraid of me than I am of them, I beg to differ. If you had seen me Friday, I was clearly more freaked out! I debated turning around, but I was less than a quarter of a mile into my run. I let the beast creature head into the woods and then high-tailed it past where I saw him. The rest of the run was enjoyable and uneventful (i.e. snake free!) and I felt great about finishing my run at a faster tempo!  Perhaps my legs just needed a bit of rest after getting back into training.

Saturday morning I got up bright and early to head to the Hard Rock CafĂ© in Baltimore to meet up with Katye and check out the information session and kickoff they had for Team in Training. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I don’t think I anticipated being touched so much. Maybe its because I am a tadmore emotional right now coupled with knowing I would be involved with such a worthy cause, but I totally felt my eyes misting up a few times. So, drum roll please………..I have signed up for team in training to run the Disney Half (or full, but that is another blog post for another day).
I am really excited about taking on this adventure and the opportunity to help people and make a difference. It’s easy to see why people are so passionate about the cause and sign up time and time again. I figured if I am going to run anyway, why not try and do so for a cause.
If you have done TNT before and want to share your experiences with me, please do! If you want to share them privately, please email me here. I really think the stories will help keep me going and push harder. Additionally, if you have any fundraising suggestions, please let me know. I am fortunate that Katye is going to help me, but I am open to any suggestions you may have for me!

So, in addition to training with TNT, I am starting week one day one of my half marathon training plan supplied to me by TMB Endurance Training tonight (have you checked her out yet? Go over here to see what she has to offer—I promise you its incredible!). I am just so excited for my future races plans and becoming a speed demon (or at least a bit faster than my snail paced self )
Happy Running all!


jamie@sweatyhugs said...

Congrats on joining TNT! I've been thinking about joining up with them for my next event. (Whatever that may be.);) Even better is that you're working with TMB! I'm def. going to have to check her out.

Kat Moving Forward said...

Became a follower!