"When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race." Jay Foonberg



Weekly Running Log

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Azalea Trail Race

Let me first begin by saying that I am enjoying racing again.  I am NOWHERE close to where I was nor where I want to be even where I can be; but I feel I am improving.  Having struggled with some knee problems in the last one and half months, it is getting better.  Let me tell you...laying off of doing something you really love is very hard. 

I signed up for the Azalea Trail 10k thinking at the time that it would be a breeze and I would be on the way to better times...no knee issues in the picture at the time.  BUT...it wasn't quite that way.  My knee continued to have a twinge of pain here and there the week of the race.  So, I decided to lay off of it two days before the race and wear my knee straps in the race. 

It was a pretty cool morning but really good for running.  My goal for this race was to run it entirely with no aches and pains.  I felt great, ran as good as I could and had no issues.  It felt great and I was excited that my goal was accomplished.  This is the first 6 miles I'd run since the first of the month.  My brain plays games with me trying its hardest to bring me down and send negative thoughts in my run.  This crazy thing has been powerful for way too long!!  This time, it was overcome with patience, endurance and positive affirmations.  Knowing that there was no way I was going to place in my age group this year, I was able to win over.  This was the first time since 2009 that I hadn't placed in my age group. 

My friend, Tim, caught me on the course.  Thanks so much, friend!!  Yes, this pic shows how happy I was...it was not a pose!  I've not been able to retrieve the photos taken by the ATR Photographer yet. 


Kent did great, as usual.  He came in 3rd in his age group.  Folks, to place in this race is an amazing feat!!  There were 3500 racers total.  I ranked so much better than I ever thought I could. 

I love this race!!  It is always the one I look forward to every year.  It is a super course and one to shoot for a PR every year.  This year was more special than the others.  I realized before going that there would be several friends from different locations that I knew would be there, then there were even more I had forgotten about.  It was like going to a running party where you've invited all your friends.  So cool!  I really miss my Gulf Coast Running Club friends.  It had been quite a while since I had seen them.  Didn't realize how much until I saw and talked with them.  It was good catching up on what was going on.  Also, my friends from the Jones County area. 

I am learning to live day by day in order to fight any discouragement that may try to take over.  I know I can overcome these negative things, physical and mental, and come out a winner.  No matter what things you are going against today, remember you can do it...now, go

Run 4 It

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2016 Races

  • 10/15/16...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/16...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 03/19/16...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/13/16...St. Pat's Leprechaun 5k
  • 03/05/16...Bay to Breakfast 12k...1st trail race
  • 02/20/16...Sea Turtle Half
  • 02/13/16...Double Bridge 15k

2016 Goals

  • Run 1,000 miles-Done
  • Bike 300 miles
  • Half Marathon-Done
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Push through the hard times-Done
  • Cut back on refined sugar

2015 Races

  • 12/19/15...Make It To The Line 4 Miler
  • 11/21/15...Wild Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11/14/15...Oyster 5k
  • 10/10/15...Shrimp Festival 5k
  • 05/30/15...PHind a Cure-W/D
  • 05/02/15...Fiesta Five Flags 5k
  • 04/18/15...Zydeco 5k - W/D
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Remember the Fallen 5k
  • 04/??/15...Virtual Boston Strong 5k
  • 04/11/15...Magnolia 5k
  • 03/28/15...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03/07/15...Circle K 5k
  • 03/01/15...Gulf Coast Lulu's 10k
  • 02/28/15...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/07/15...Double Bridge 15k

2015 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • Eat fruit daily
  • Overlook past failures
  • Push through the hard times/things

2014 Races

  • 12/06/14...St. Jude's Half Marathon
  • 08/16/14...Pinky 5k Virtual
  • 08/15/14...Howl @ the Moon 10k Virtual
  • 02/15/14...Sweetheart 5k
  • 02/01/14...Double Bridge 15k

2014 Goals

  • 1 Half Marathon
  • 700 Running Miles
  • Strengthen my Upper Body
  • Recuperate, Recover, Renew
  • Get active in WW
  • Eat Fruit Daily
  • Start Clean Eating
  • Begin Eliminating Sugar from Diet

2013 Races

11-30-13...Stennis 5k
11-23-13...Turkey Trot 5k
11-08-13...Run For The Kids Virtual Half [St. Jude's]
10-12-13...Shrimp Festival 5k
09-22-13...Talladega Half
07-04-13...Wesson 2 Miles
06-29-13...Emz Liverpalooza 5k
05-18-13...Pursuit of Fun 5k
04-20-13..Warrior Dash
04-07-13...Gulf Coast Half-Pensacola
03-23-13...Azalea Trail 10k
03-10-13...Leprechaun 5k
02-24-13...NOLA Marathon
02-02-13...Double Bridge 15k-Pensacola
01-13-13....Gulf Coast Half-Lulu's

2013 Goals

  • 3 Half Marathons-Done-Plus 1
  • 1 Marathon-Done
  • 1000 Running Miles-No, due to RC Tendonitis & Broken Shoulder
  • Eat fruit daily-A little aggressive but better
  • Maintain weight in 130's-Did NOT happen!

2012 Races

12-08-12...FloraBama Jingle Bell 5k
11-24-12...Jingle Bell 10k
11-17-12...Turkey Trot 5k
10-27-12...Jazz Half
10-20-12...OS Rotary 5k
10-13-12...Race for Grace 5k
09-29-12...5k For Katlyn
07-04-12...Wesson 2 Mile
04-15-12...Gulf Coast Half...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
04-14-12...Diversity Dash 5k
03-24-12...Azalea Trail 10k
03-03-12...MS50 20k...[Withdrew-bronchitis]
02-25-12...Kids Need Heroes 5k
02-11-12...Sweetheart 5k
02-04-12..Double Bridge 15k
01-14-12...Pensacola Half



2012 Goals

  • 1 Full Marathon-Marine Corp filled up
  • 3 Half Marathons-2 Down-Sick had to drop 2
  • 20 Miles-Wkly Mileage-Bronchitis kept me from this
  • Cross Training 2x Week-Poor Commitment
  • Weekly Weights W/O-Again Poor Commitment

2011 Races

  • 11-26-11...Kaiser Half
  • 11-19-11...Turkey Trot 5k
  • 11-11-11...Thumbs Up for Bill 5k
  • 11-05-11...Senior Bowl 10k
  • 10-22-11...Running the Streets 5k
  • 10-15-11...Shrimp Festival 10k
  • 10-08-11...Mullet Run 5k
  • 09-24-11...Waiting for a Cure 8k
  • 09-05-11...Labor Your Legs 5k
  • 07-04-11...Wesson 2 Miles
  • 06-04-11...Bay Fest 5k
  • 05-14-11...Stargazer 5k
  • 04-30-11...Fiesta 5 Flags 5k
  • 04-16-11...St. Benedict's 5k
  • 04-10-11...Gulf Coast Half
  • 03-26-11...Azalea Trail 10k
  • 03-19-11...St. Patrick's 5k
  • 03-05-11...Eco 5k
  • 02-13-11...Mardi Gras Marathon

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