Bainbridge will always have a very special place in my heart. I’ve never actually lived there myself, but it is the town where my parents grew up and most of my extended family lives there now. It’s the place we visited countless times throughout my childhood, and since I was a Navy Brat, it was the one place that always felt like home. A few months ago, my aunt told me that they were doing a half marathon to benefit the local hospital & nursing home, I really wanted to sign up. The hospital is where many of my family members are born, where I spent a lot of time hanging out with Mama Carra (my great-grandma), and where I said goodbye to my Papa Merk and Granny Moore. The race was also held the same weekend as my Granny’s birthday, which made it extra special. I was a bit gun-shy to sign up since I’d never run a half, but right after we returned from Orlando, where I ran the Princess Half, I signed up and couldn’t wait!
Today ran the St. Patty’s Day 10K at Evergreen Cemetery. Yep, I said “we”. The running bug bit my husband too and after watching his best friend cross the finish line at the Disney Marathon in January, Adam decided that he wanted to run a half marathon too. He started training a few months back and had a 6-mile training run scheduled for this weekend. I wanted to run this race and since it fit well into his training and my racing schedule, we signed up.
One of the things I love about living in Florida is being surrounded by water. It’s so peaceful and relaxing – I love being out on a boat in the middle of the river, floating on a raft in the pool, or even just staring out my office window at the beautiful (but not so clean) St. John’s River when I’m stressed out at work.
I kind of don’t know where to start with my recap of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, so forgive me if my thoughts are scattered all over the place. I was really worried about the early race time, I thought there was no way I’d be able to get to sleep early enough to feel well-rested for the race. I didn’t get to bed quite as early as I’d like, but I think I was finally out by 9:30PM and surprisingly slept until my first alarm went off.. and then the snooze. Have I mentioned that I’m not a morning person?
If you follow me on twitter or we are friends on facebook, you’re well aware that the running bug bit me last fall. I got it in my head that I could finish a half-marathon and started running. Then my knees decided they hated me (or the non-running shoes I was running in!) so I was sidelined for a few weeks while I let them heal. Once I could walk again without any pain, I paid a quick visit to Jacksonville Running Company and got fitted for a pair of running shoes (Asics GT-2170). Running in them is seriously like walking on a cloud, heaven! So with my lovely new shoes, I started training for the runDisney Princess Half Marathon.