But I've decided to take a step back from this race.
- My son Myles was born 2 weeks ago yesterday. Because of Myles' arrival, I've been trying to spend some extra time at home. I spent some extra time in the hospital when Myles came. Before that, doctor's appointments and other things slowed down my ability to train. While I still want to run... and will be signing up for another marathon soon (probably in early June)... I want to spend some time with my son!
- This winter has been difficult to train. Extra snow this year... ice... wind... cold temperatures... have made training difficult. Currently I do not have a treadmill, therefore it's outside or no run. That's forced me to miss quite a few runs.
- Some ministry challenges have forced me to invest additional time with our students. A few things have come up over the past month of so that has required taking some energy from training and invest it in ministry.
- I'm trying to avoid injuring myself. Due to the shortness of time before the race (April 20th), I don't have time to adequately ramp up my mileage without hurting myself. Since I have other goals to accomplish this year, I'm stepping away from this one.
The Blue Ridge Marathon is a great race! I am keeping it on my list of races I want to run and I will run it down the line. For right now, where I'm at, I need to take a step back.
If you aren't signed up for the Blue Ridge Marathon, there's still time! Head over and get yourself signed up!