Last Sunday, I ran- and finished- the Cascade Half Marathon. It was my first half. Heck it was my first race longer than a 3K unless you count Hood to Coast! It was great. I am completely hooked. I want to do another and shave my time. My kids (12 and 9) ran the 10K.
My training for this race couldn't have been any more derailed. Between injuries, poison oak, snow and ice, and a trip to Mexico, I only got two long runs in (one 9 miler and one 11 miler) before the race. My apologies (and great respect) to you Marathon Mommies that run in the snow, but in Oregon, when it snows we pretty much hole up. The streets don't get plowed, the schools don't get opened and the running shoes don't get laced up. When we left for 10 days in Mexico right after Christmas, I was pumped, planning to run every day. I did, but in the humidity, I didn't log the miles I wanted or needed. We got home four days before the race. I went to run at my favorite park and it was so flooded (another consequence of the snow) that I could only get 3 miles in before having to turn back. But it was three miles of pure joy. I never thought I would be so excited to run in cold, wet weather. I can't wait to start training for the next one!