Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Houston Marathon Weekend!


I can't believe it's marathon weekend in Houston! Every year for the past 6 years I have been 1 of thousands standing outside George R. Brown Convention Center in the dark waiting for the start gun to go off. This Sunday, for the first time in 6 years, I'm not running the half marathon or the marathon.

2011 Half Marathon
I made the executive decision not to run in the spring. It was a tough one, but a good decision nonetheless. I spent a good part of my pregnancy injured, and of course, it was because of running. Then once I was able to work on healing my ankle injury, other injuries sprouted up because of the original one. The main problem was that my sacroiliac joint {it feels like your low, low, low back to the point it's practically your butt} was twisted out of alignment and would slip back out of alignment every time it was fixed. My loose ligaments from pregnancy hadn't quite healed back to normal postpartum. It took several months to heal.

2016 Half Marathon Expo
In true Amy fashion, I couldn't let my already registered races just go. I had to run them. I was dealing with pain and injuries for the majority of fall/winter 2015/2016. I was registered for back to back half marathon weekends at Disney and Houston in January 2016. Well, I did it. And I did pretty awesome I must say. I haven't run a race since.

2013 Marathon Finisher!
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not done running! I just knew I needed to listen to my body. I needed a break! Listening to your body can be one of the hardest things to do for an athlete. Over this past year, I took a break from running. I would run 3-4 miles every now and again, but nothing crazy. I started truly running again in October to start training for the Disney Princess Glass Slipper Challenge which is coming up next month!

2014 Houston Marathon
I think I'm just being long winded about all of this. What I'm really trying to say is that I'm bummed that my 6 year Houston marathon weekend race streak is coming to an end. I know it was all for the best, but I still wish that I was going to be out there.

Enough about me! Now to all my running friends out there getting amped for the race this Sunday...let me know! I'll be out on Allen Parkway and Montrose. It's mile 11 for the half marathon and mile 24 for the full marathon! I'm really loud and I promise to cheer you on if I know you'll be there! I can't wait to give back to the running community after all it's given me over the past 6 years! Go runners and happy marathon weekend!

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