Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Air Force Marathon --- HALF to be FUN!

Howdy Internet! It's been awfully quiet on this blog. Unfortunately, I mostly blog about running and there really hasn't been any running to speak of. I normally run about 1200 miles per year. I have only run 100 miles since the first of the year. Crazy! I would usually run 100 miles in a month, but haven't done that for nine months. Yep, I'm going a bit stir crazy. I miss my running friends. I miss the races. I miss the emotional journey that running has taken me on.

It's been a sad set back by the knee injury experienced at the New Years Double race. I had knee surgery to try to fix things, but have not fully made my way back. Recently I had knee injections on both of my knees to try to relieve the osteoarthritis pain. It’s slightly been helpful.

This Saturday is the Air Force Marathon. Yep, it's race week for me! I've been wanting to run this race for quite awhile since it's held on the Air Force Base that I spent the first 4 years of my military career - Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. I had a lot of great memories at this base. The biggest highlight is that WPAFB is where I met the love of my life, my wife, Ursula. Ahhhh... memories.

The crazy thing is that I hated running while in the Air Force. We had a yearly fitness test of 1.5 miles in a certain time. I completed it every year, but I thought I was going to die every year since I didn't really train for it. My physical activities at Wright-Patt were racquetball, golf, bowling, and short sprints chasing my bride.

I'll be running, walking, and skipping the race with Denise, my uber cool running sister. We were suppose to run the full, but opted to drop down to the half because of our physical setbacks. My base mileage has not been very high, but I was able to complete a 10 miler this last weekend. I’m about 2-3 minutes off of my old pace and I take a bunch of walk breaks. The worse case is that we'll do a lot of walking, but that's OK. My goal for this race is to have fun. Enjoy what I can do and make the best of it! This has been a hard journey for the last 9 months. My mind yells at my body and is frustrated that the body cannot do what we did last year. I have to get used to the new me. I have to FB_IMG_1442334072582 - Flipsomewhat start over in my running career.

My sister and I will be representing Team RWB. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. We’re the ones carrying Old Glory during races. I love running with these guys. I have so much pride running with the flag especially when cars are honking at us during training runs.


DaveL said...

Mark, enjoyed the read. Wishing you the best of Him during your recovery. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

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