This is my first runningschultz post of 2013. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with my running blog. I wanted to keep it up following the 12in12in12 last year, for a couple reasons, but after Craig and my events of 2012, I thought it would be, well, lame. Ooooh, I ran a ten mile run. Ooooh, I did a 5k. Like, what's the point, right? Additionally, when I ask questions like the previous sentence, who am I really talking to, since I am the only one who reads the blog. I guess I am talking to myself. It is like a weird and sad circle. I think it. I type it. Then I read it later, to myself, who already thought it and typed it. Freaky. Oh yeah, and sad.
That being said, I'm going to do it anyway. Today is July 1st. I am halfway through the year and I have run some great races already this year. My first race of the year was the Ocean Drive marathon, which was one of the marathons we did in 2012. I felt like I needed to run a marathon in a more respectable time after the 12in12in12. We ran those marathons so easy that I wanted to push myself a little more and I did, finishing in 3:44. It is a far cry from my marathon best of 3:22, but it was good to break 4 hours. That was the end of March.
In April I didn't run any races, but I trained for the Broad Street Run 10-miler which I do every year. I was running a lot in April. I ran in the morning on the treadmill doing speedwork, then ran again during the week after school with a group of teachers. So I would run approximately 3-4 miles in the morning hard, and then run a moderately paced 5-7 miles in the afternoon. All the training worked well, because I ran my best Broad Street finishing the 10 miles in 1:06:16.
That was the first weekend of May, the following weekend, Craig was running the Delaware marathon again, with his cousin's husband, Tony. Tony is a soldier, and a great, great guy. It was his first marathon and he did an amazing job. Craig wanted to break 4 hours, and we did, finishing around 3:58. Here we are at the finish line with Tony. He's the one in the middle, not the one on the phone.
That's enough for now. In June, I ran my first 50-mile race which was awesome. The North Face Endurance Challenge outside of DC. I'll recap next chance I get for all my followers, um, me (and my wife if she is really bored).