Off To The Races

Before I run my marathon this summer (for Above & Beyond Cancer), I have to run 70 miles. I leave today for India where I’ll be running a 4-day, 70-mile race through the foothills of the Himalayas. First, though, I’ll be spending a couple of weeks traveling around Northeast India.

Sounds pretty great, huh? Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go as planned….

My training for this race was going quite well. I had reached a new level of my training; I was running 50-60 mile weeks. OK, truth – I didn’t actually break 60 miles, just came right up to it and kissed it – 57, 58, 59, and that was it. That was all I had those weeks. They were tough weeks – right at my limit (for now). But I wasn’t wrecked.

But then all of those sick people who insist on coughing and sneezing all over everyone finally got me. I got the flu – maybe this will teach me to remember to get a flu shot. Fever, cough, wheezing, the works. I had almost 2 full weeks of no running. As I’ve felt better, I’ve been running a few miles a day.  This time off, combined with probably not running much while traveling before the race, means I won’t have trained for about a month. I’ll just have to trust in my fitness. I know I’ve lost some, but I’m hoping I have enough of a fitness cushion to still let this be a fun event.

This is not what I planned.

But no matter. Life doesn’t always go as planned. We change our plans and expectations. I’ll run, I’ll walk. No matter how slow I go, it will still be an amazing race. I’ll have views of the high Himalayas whatever speed I’m moving. Life is still beautiful.

I will be posting as I can. And I will be wearing one of my new Life-Cise shirts when I race.

See you when I get back.

Julie

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One Response to Off To The Races

  1. Racn4acure says:

    You are one adventuresome lady! Have fun! I know you will do it!

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