The plan is simple: (1) run 4-5 times a week total; (2) weekly increasing distance long runs on Saturdays (3) rest days on Fridays; and (4) karate class (aka cross training) every Tuesday night. Easy enough, right? Eh, probably not. It’s going to take a while to get my lungs and legs back in shape. Last week was my first full week of running again and it felt absolutely miserable. I can’t believe what a slacker I’ve been for all these months, I’m rather embarrassed. So, it’ll take a few weeks to get back into the swing of things, but I’m confident that I can be ready for a Half in April.
And the following weekend I've signed up for the first annual "Fast & Furriest 5K” in Tower Grove Park, benefiting the Animal Protective Association of Missouri. Mally will be running it with me, so we've got to get her in shape as well. As soon as the weather gets a little nicer (and less salt on the sidewalks b/c it irritates her paws) we'll be taking the show on the road and hitting the trails outside. She's going to love it! I have a feeling she'll be dragging me through that course at full speed - so maybe I'll see a 5K personal best this year!
And to round out the trifecta of healthy spring activities, I've volunteered at RGA to be a TEAM CAPTAIN for the American Heart Association's Heart Walk, on May 2nd. Our team will consist of 15 walkers and will have a goal to raise $2000. I've participated in the Heart Walk for the last two years with Kasey, so now it's time to have my own team. I am pretty excited for this opportunity, especially since heart disease runs rampant in my family and has affected me in such personal ways. Hopefully this money will be used to save lives and prevent the disease so others won't have to go through what we have. Please let me know if you'd like to DONATE to my team for the American Heart Association. Any amount would be greatly appreciated. Or let me know if you'd like to sign up to WALK on my team with me on May 2nd. I promise it'll be fun!