Oskar Blues 4-Miler Race and Other Funzies

I’ve been in a bit of a blog funk.  I’ve been running and working and all the other joys of life ya know.
By far the best shirt I’ve gotten at a race! NorthFace brand too.

Well last Sunday I had a BLAST at the Oskar Blues 4-miler race.  I didn’t place or anything but I did run my fastest. The competition was steep because of the prizes up for grabs I believe.  Uh, hello $100 gift card to FootRx!  Which I didn’t win.  I would have had to race with a 5:10 min/mile pace.  CRAZY!  That dude was friggin fast.  But what I really enjoyed about this race was that it had a great atmosphere.  It was the inaugural event so I wasn’t expecting too much but it way exceeded my expectations.  The race director, a local coach from Pisgah Running, did a fantastic job.  Well organized, easy to locate and park, plenty of volunteers on the road giving directions and cheering us on and plenty of post race food from a local bakery–which was so so good. And the weather really worked out for us.  For once…here lately it’s been stupid windy, cold, rainy and yuk.  I’m like helllooo where is spring?!
Anyways, so the kid’s Fun Run was FREE which was awesome! All proceeds went to benefit our Brevard High school’s track and field program.  Since I went to school there I thought that was cool. Except back then I was a total nerd.  Not even into track.  Oh if we could turn back time…

Got a super cool beaded bear can necklace.  word.

Our local news did a segment on the event and look who they caught on camera! My little dude!

After all is said and done, I don’t have a negative thing to say about this event.  Overall an enjoyable event for all ages and levels of runners.  Well done Bill Baldwin!  And a huge THANK YOU for putting this on.

So how’s the marathon training going?  Eh, I’m not getting the mileage in I’d like.. it’s tanked some.  But with the help of my sister I’ve been able to get some good runs in here and there.  I am trying to be THANKFUL for what I can get in. I think I’m getting better at the sweat fest sessions in the gym…no…no I’m  not.  It sucks.  And the weather has been terrible most days.  So I either sweat my face off in the gym or freeze my assets off in the cold and stupid wind. And doing some runs at night —-which my tummy does NOT like most nights— while the kid enjoys CrossFit with the sister.  Ha!  Who knew my kid would be into that?   I have had no other option but to do my long runs every other weekend –while getting a kinda long run the other weeks– due to the fact that my work schedule sucks, and we’ve lost yet another fab associate, and work SEVEN day straight shifts… I have got to find another way to make a living…any tips on this are welcomed!
At any rate, I’ve had one great 18 miler and another superb 20 miler.  So hopefully I can crank out a few more before the taper begins…which isn’t too far off! 
But I tell ya, I’ve been dealing with some major head games.  I guess the stress levels at work have really been getting to me.  Like why am I even trying?  I’m a single mom.  Single moms don’t have time to train for and run marathons.  What a selfish parent I am.  But I have to remind myself that I have seen new strength and determination in my child since all my running crazy.  He’s already done two fun runs this year! And with most challenges he faces he reminds himself and others, “That with God’s help we can do anything! Just keep pushing and keep going.”  I pray that he stays this way.  That what ever he does in life that he does it with all of his heart and soul like he does now.  I am BLESSED to have this little guy in my life.  And so far I’ve only had to miss him for one hour a week and every other weekend I get a long run in.  You know, I could be one of those parents that miss out on hours away from their kids because they choose to party their lives away or other terrible things… no.  I’m a good momma.  And I think that maybe there’s another mother out there who needs to hear this, running is a beautiful thing and your child-ren will see that in you.  Teaching isn’t always out of a book or by words but by our actions.  They are always watching.  Don’t give up.  Teach your child-ren how to truly LIVE LIFE.  Running in itself is a life lesson.  A lesson in strength, peace, balance, determination…the list is endless.
And it has been said, If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.  I have to remind myself that when I’m dying on the treadmill doing speedwork sessions or running tempos out on hills with wind in my face.  Free resistance training I guess. ha. And somehow, I’m already planning up my next marathon in my mind…

**Your turn to share!!  How do you cope with running, training and children oh-my?!  Have you had success with a plan running long runs every other weekend?**

“9.But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

Happy & Blessed Running!!
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2 thoughts on “Oskar Blues 4-Miler Race and Other Funzies

  1. Hey, I just found your blog! I think you had a great time at the race, I love it when they have local baked goods and foods like that, and neat that the inaugural one was so good, I guess they want people to come back :). Good luck getting your long runs in for the marathon- I haven't trained for one yet, but I will be this summer and fall. You can definitely get through it, I'm sure the mental part of training is pretty important and it sounds like you have the right attitude with it :).

    Hope to read more soon!

    Amy Lauren
    TheTinyTerror.com

  2. Runners are great race directors, they know what's needed and important. I always think it's funny when non-runners try to set up an event.

    You are doing a good job with your marathon training, the most important part are the long runs, just make sure you get them in. You've got this!! And you are a great role model for your son!!

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