One of my favorite places to run is Clearwater Beach by Pier 60 for a variety of reasons. Its beautiful there. We have a nice 13 mile loop that we run frequently. It lets us do an open water swim right after we run which is a great way to kill 2 birds with 1 stone. And then there’s the part that people probably don’t usually like other than us crazy people – the bridges. There are some truely massive bridges on the route as well as some gently rolling terrain on the back half of our 13 mile loop. Running that route has seriously strenghtened my running. Because I love the area so much, I’ve done 2 of my last 3 races there. This past weekend was the Clearwater Running & Fitness festival. I signed up for the half marathon (which they call a Halfathon) and as my parents were in town, I got my mom to sign up for the 5k fitness walk. My friends were all doing anything from the half to the full.
Well I did it! I can’t believe that since November, I went from frantically realizing that I was in deep trouble for my Disney marathon to reaching a really big goal of mine, which was a sub 2:10 half marathon.
Well, my training is still going forward. I won’t say its going well until I get my times down to where I am happy with them. Right now my 11:30 minute miles are unacceptable but not surprising. Really a combination of 6 weeks off the road and stifling heat when I do run isn’t making it easy. I could run in the morning when its cooler but realistically I just can’t depend on myself to wake up consistently and do it. And I don’t want to get into work later than I am now (now being around 8 – 8:30 most days). I’ll do a morning run on Sundays when I do my long runs. (And my weekday runs will get pretty long too so morning runs are out!)