It might not be the best idea, but sometimes you do what you have to do. The number of posts I read about folks doing training runs this past week astounded me. So many of us have marathons this Fall, but come on…. I think intentionally putting yourself in harms way getting that training run in during hurricane force winds and torrential rain is a bit over the top!
Yes folks, we endured the worst hurricane in a decade or more this past week. Hurricane Matthew has left behind over 800 dead in Haiti alone. Many mane more in the United States, as the storm moved its way up the east coast. I didn’t lose power, didn’t have any flood damage, and was relatively unaffected here at home. Seven inches of rain left behind will keep the grass green through Fall though. There was a lot of flooding here in North Carolina though, including this area, but not in my immediate surroundings. I was lucky. So many were not as fortunate. My heart goes out to all affected. It will take months if not years for some areas to recover.
I, for one, did not feel the need to get training runs in during the horrible storm. I figured my training for Marine Corps has been so horrible anyway, why add insult to possible injury? My lead up to MCM in less than a month has been lackluster, at best. I’ve been on the verge of injury for months now, so I’ve just been doing my best to stay in running shape. Just to make it to the starting line.
Next up for me is a race that’s sort of been my “go-to” Halves each Fall. The Bull City Race Fest Half Marathon is this Sunday. Again I was invited onto the pace team, which will be my third time in the roll at this race. I will be a pacer for the 9:00 minute mile group. Putting us at the finish at 1:57:00. A nice run through the streets of Durham. Each successive year I have paced a slower time, and it’s really perfect for me this year, because honestly, I am just looking for a sub 4 finish at Marine Corps since my training has been so nonexistent.
The weather is looking perfect for Sunday morning. Mid 40’s at the start, and only up to the 60’s by noon. The 9:00 group will be a perfect pace for me, not a big push at all, and hopefully not an injury inducing race. With Marine Corps on October 30th, the time is nearing quickly.
One piece of bad news this morning, just as a side note….. I got the “We’re sorry to inform you but, you didn’t make it in through the lottery” email from the Virgin Money London Marathon this morning. Sad news. Absolutely no one I know got in. I have not seen a single post on social media of someone getting in through the lottery. This leads me to ask the question “why have a lottery at all for London”? If time qualifying and charity running is almost the only way possible to get in, just say so. Don’t even hold a lottery. It would have been my first trip abroad. Oh well, move past it. As an ambassador for the Abbott World Marathon Majors, it would have been really nice to add my third of the Big 6 to my list of marathon completions, but this is not to be for 2017. Best of luck to all running next year!