Monday, February 20, 2012

Much Needed Motivation

Since I have been up North January, February and March are always really hard months for me. The weather is cold, the days are short, and there is often snow. I pretty much hate all things winter, and with the holidays over, there is not much to look forward to. It is the time of year when I am both climbing the walls and feel like I will never be warm again. I would give just about anything to have a warm, sunny day, but that is not happening anytime soon.

It is really hard to stay motivated during these months. There is a part of me that would love to stay in bed, under the covers, until the weather warms up. This year has been especially hard. Winter in Virginia is colder and longer than I was expecting and I have been feeling a bit lost since finishing the marathon. I was so focused on the event that I didn’t put much thought into what I was going to do after. Oops. 

I needed something to keep me going and I have been looking for a spring marathon that was both late enough in the spring to not be freezing and close to home so I didn’t have to pay for travel. Of course, both races that fit the criteria are on the same weekend. There is Run for the Dream in Williamsburg, VA and the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg, VA. Both races looked like a lot of fun, but it looked like we were going to be out of town the weekend of the races. 

Well, plans have changed and we are going to be in town that weekend. After looking at both races, I decided to run the Marine Corps Historic Half this year. My goal for this race is to finish in under 2:30. This is 10 minutes under my current half marathon PR. I am super excited about this race and am working on finishing up my training plan and have 13 weeks to kick up my speed.