Weekend Plans

First of all, let me start by saying ‘thank you’ to each of you for your prayers and sweet comments regarding my stepmom’s surgery.  Each comment was so sweet and pretty much had me in tears from the outpouring of love.  The surgery went very well and now she is recovering.  Starla still has a very long and hard road to travel with recovery, but we all feel very blessed with the current outcome.  She is such an inspiration to me and really all that she comes into contact with.

With that being said, I will be traveling later today to pickup the packet for my next ½ marathon and tomorrow, I will be running the Inaugural Mississippi River (half) Marathon.

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This is the race that I’ve been talking about trying to reach my sub 2 goal.  I will be running it in honor of Starla and the battle that she’s going through right now.  With only two weeks until my marathon, I’ve already been lectured about trying to push myself too hard but if Starla can go through a double mastectomy, surely I can push myself for a measly 13.1 miles.  That’s my thought on that and I’m not going to change my mind. {crosses arms indignantly}

The race starts in Arkansas and finishes in Mississippi so this will be my first interstate race – yay!  The course brags about how flat it is and judging from the event page, I’ll have some beautiful views.


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I’ve updated my playlist and will be jamming to some major rock songs from the 80s (think AC/DC, Scorpions, Joan Jett…) along with some newer songs from Neon Trees, Mumford and Sons, and Young the Giant.  Sprinkle in some oldies from the 60s & 70s  and some 90s heavy metal and you have a good idea of my playlist.  It’s pretty eclectic &/or random…just like me.  And hopefully will distract me for no longer then 1 hour, 59 minutes and 59 seconds. 😉

Question:  What are your weekend plans?  Do you ever race in the weeks before a marathon or 1/2 marathon?

29 thoughts on “Weekend Plans

  1. I’m glad she’s on the mend now. It’s a terrifying thing to go through. I hope she continues to get better! I know you’re going to run fast because you’ll be channeling her and that’s awesome! Good luck girl! Rock that half 🙂

    • Thanks Sarah for all of your encouraging words. ❤ We actually just got a bit of bad news that one of her lymph nodes has a small amount of cancer in it so she has to go back for more surgery. Fingers crossed that this surgery will take care of everything.

  2. Have a great race tomorrow, Gina–go get that sub-2 finish! 🙂 I’m actually not sure what my plans are this weekend. NYC is currently on lockdown because of a blizzard warning, so I’ll be laying low for the next day or two.

  3. I’m so so so glad to hear everything went well with your stepmom. Good luck this weekend with your half! I can’t wait to hear about it.

    • Thank you so much Amanda for you sweet words. Starla is doing really well (recovery wise) but we just got some news that the doctors found more cancer in one of her lymph nodes. She’ll be going back for more surgery; hopefully this time will be the last time.

  4. Run fast tomorrow Gina! 🙂 You’re going to do great. #sub-2! Weelll, I ran a half last week, and I’m running another tomorrow, but that’s tiddlywinks compared to the 2X+ miles you have been putting in!

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