Run Find Your Happy Pace

finding my happy pace in running and life

Easter, Running and Pierogies

on April 10, 2012

We have been in Connecticut for the past few days.  Traveled north to spend some time with family and Celebrate the resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.  What a wonderful time of year!  I am blessed to still have both of my parents living and able to spend time between their house and my mother-in-law’s.  I have seen 2 of my siblings, my nephews,  my Godchild and some good friends.  All whom I love very much as miss seeing on a regular basis.

As far as running I was lucky enough to have this week scheduled as a taper week.  I did my last long run Thursday morning before we left.  It was good and strong.  It made me happy and more at peace about the upcoming Dismal Swamp Stomp Half this Saturday.  Dismal will be a nice training race for me.  I don’t plan on another PR, but we will see how I feel.  I wasn’t 100% sure I would do this race.  However we may not be in VA next year I figured why not?  (Plus my bestie and another good buddy are both running it.  Let’s just say they have been “strongly” encouraging me to participate. Who am I to let them down?)   Yes I am a sucker to peer pressure even at 40, Lol.

Taper week worked well into my visit back home.  I have had plenty of time to spend with family and not feel like I had to strain to fit in my runs.  Plus I think I have eaten my weight in Easter food so exercise has been a must!  I have been good about candy……its all the other cakes and pies that have done me in!  And we won’t even mention the homemade pierogies and babka bread, oh my!  These polish “pieces of heaven” are not only tradition in my family, but something that is very very hard, dare I say impossible, to come by in Virginia Beach.

We will be heading back to VB via an overnight stop in NJ soon.  The race is this Saturday.  Saturday?  Sweet!  Did I mention I LOVE Saturday races as they don’t interfere with my Sunday church service. 🙂  Plus you get an extra recovery day before Monday, double bonus.  Despite its name Dismal Swamp Stomp (um dismal? really) it’s slated as a nice flat “stomp” through forested wetlands on a peaceful paved path along the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (thus the name).  Sounds nice and peaceful and somewhere to find your happy pace.  In addition its a local race with a cap of 2,500 which last I heard had not been met.   That will be nice since the last few races I have done have been in the 10’s of thousands.

Now I just need to make sure I don’t finish last or get eaten alive by mosquitos, lol. 😉


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