Have you ever been to South Dakota? Thanks to the Running USA 2010-2011 race calendar, I just made plans to travel to Deadwood, SD for a half marathon this summer! Upon getting this race booklet, I went through it page by page with a highlighter in hand and marked all the places I would like to visit that were hosting half marathons. I am fortunate to live in a town that offers many great running events, but it is very exciting to plan a race weekend that includes visiting a new place too. Click here to see the electronic version of the race calendar.
You may have heard of Deadwood if you watched the HBO series by that name. It is an old western town, near the Black Hills where Mt. Rushmore in located. To make this even more fun, my sister and brother-in-law will be joining Andy and I to run the race! It will be the first half marathon for all three of them. They were inspired to run after my daughter, Cate completed her first one earlier this month.
The only other race I have planned so far is a local 5K, Lady Track Shack, in February. This will be my third year running this race and it is for a good cause.
As far as training goes, I have been in recovery mode these past two weeks and have one more week of a lighter schedule. Last night's run was brutal. I was scheduled for 4 miles. Due to rain, I went to the gym to hit the treadmill. I was so exhausted after 2 miles, that I took a walk break! What is that about? How is it that I can run 26.2 miles and then struggle with four? It was very hot in the gym and I did eat half of a peanut butter snickers before hand, but I didn't expect to struggle so much. It was a relief to be done.
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