Divas North Myrtle Beach half marathon

Yesterday, April 28th, marked my 3rd half marathon (2nd on this 120 mile journey).  It was a great weekend with 19+/- other fabulous Diva women.  We had so many laughs!  For at least 4 of the women with us, this was their 1st half marathon; including my great friend Crissy.  I promised her I would stay with her & we’d cross the finish line together.

Divas group

Our group arrived in plenty of time to make it to the starting line, but the port-a-potty stop proved to be problematic.  Note to all runners –  keep stopping at the first port-a-potty you see.  Please.  It keeps the line I get in at the furthest port-a-potty even shorter.  😉  We’re waiting & waiting for everyone to get out of the potty & it’s like 3 minutes until the start of the race.  The National Anthem is being sung (yikes!), so we dash to the starting line & get in the first place we can….the sub 6:00 minute corral.  Ha!  As if!!  I couldn’t run sub-6 if a bear was chasing me.  Gun goes off & off we go.  Like any big race, the course was very full the entire route & crowded for those 1st couple of miles.  Since I wasn’t running for time (was hanging with my friend Crissy), I wasn’t as annoyed because I didn’t have to constantly pass people.    That’s a good thing.  I think it made the entire race that much more enjoyable.

The first mile or 2 was in the commercial area of North Myrtle Beach, but after that it was all residential until around 11.5 miles.  The residential areas varied & some of the houses were beautiful to look at & dream of owning.  We ran through a beautiful new neighborhood around mile 9 or 10 & a nice golf course area shortly after.  The DJs kept the music pumping, well except for this one guy who was playing some mellow TLC music.  The race seriously needed some music & enthusiasm at the end of mile 12.  Mile 13 was tough: on a 4-lane divided road (we had 1 lane) during a transition from residential to commercial & there really wasn’t much to look at or listen to.  That was the most disappointing mile, IMO.  Made the finish line seem so far away!  But once we rounded the corner onto Main Street & saw the finish about .2 miles away, it was on like Donkey Kong.  Checked my watch & it was just barely 2:39, so I told Crissy we could make it under 2:40 — LET’S GO!  We did!!  I am so very proud of her for running her first half marathon & doing so in 2:39.  Glad I could be there to run it with her.

Les & Crissy at finish

The best part about the race, however, was all the support I received from other runners when they passed us.  While I was wearing our group “Run like a Diva” shirt, I paid extra to have the 120 miles logo put on the back.  So everyone who was behind me knew why I was running — for Parkinson’s & in honor of my Mom.  So touching to receive all that support.  The running community rocks!

So I’ve now completed another 13.1 miles on this 120 mile journey — 38.6 done.  It is going by so quickly & I honestly want to savor every moment!  Donations are still needed.  Visit my Team Fox fundraising page to give directly to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.  Eighty-eight cents of every dollar you give goes directly to Parkinson’s research & is greatly appreciated!

Eastern Run/Walk for Autism (5K) & Pirate Alumni Road Race (5K) completed! 25.5 miles done, 94.5 left to go.

I’ve recently completed 2 more 5K’s.  On Saturday, April 7th I ran the 5th annual Eastern Run/Walk for Autism with my 7 year old son, Sean, in honor of his good friend Tanner.  Sean hadn’t done any training, but this was his 3rd 5K running with me.  I stayed with him the entire race & we crossed the finish line in just over 36 minutes.  Super proud of him.  I hope he sticks with this running thing!  🙂

On Saturday, April 20th I ran the Pirate Alumni Road Race & finally obtained a new PR at 25:35.  Placed 2nd my age group too.  I wore my 120 miles race shirt & had a couple people stop & ask me about what I was doing — pretty cool to be a part of putting PD out there for people to learn about.

Up next is Divas half marathon in North Myrtle Beach on April 28th!

Don’t forget, donations are still needed to reach my goal of $12,000 & NO amount is too small!  You can donate to The Michael J. Fox Foundation by visiting here.

Registered for MCM!

I did it!  I somehow got through the fumbling registration system on Wednesday, March 27th.  Took me over an hour, due to massive server & system failures with Active.com; but I did it!  I am registered for the 37th annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 27th.  I am both honored & excited to run this particular marathon.  No, make that ecstatic!  Every now & then I’ll have a “What am I thinking?” thought, but it is quickly replaced with “I can totally do this!”  And it’s all to raise awareness of & funds for Parkinson’s research.  So very honored!

I’ve researched training plans & I will most likely go with Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 program.  Any of you seasoned marathoners have suggestions?  Fire away!  Training start date is the week of June 23rd.  I’m so excited!!

Tobacco Road Half Marathon

I had a nice, long post typed up about this race but I went to post it, got an error message & it’s gone.  POOF!  So I’m taking that as a sign that nothing needs to be said about this race.  I didn’t meet my under 2:10 time goal due to muscle cramps, but I’ll get it next time.

19.3 out of 120 miles completed!

The crew from Greenville at Tobacco Raod

The crew from Greenville at Tobacco Raod