Back in action (with the bling to prove it)

Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon finisher medal

Traditionally the finisher medal for the race is a giant penny, but in honor of the 50th anniversary, they did something special. So AWESOME!

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.~Abraham Lincoln

Last you heard from me I had fought through the 9-day Tour of Sufferlandria workout and and was a little better and a little worse for it. So what have I been doing these past two months? A lot! I just figured I’d spare you all reading posts along the lines of blah blah blah indoor training blah blah blah winter sucks blah blah trainer rides blah treadmill…

So let’s get to the interesting stuff. On April 5 I made my way back to Springfield, Illinois, for my first race of the year–the Lincoln Presidential Half Marathon! Originally I was going to sit this one out since I knew I was spending the week before at a conference in New Orleans that would not see me return until 10:30 p.m. the night before, but then I saw the hardware for it and had to have it.

So with only six hours of sleep; minimal training the week before; and a diet that consisted mostly of gumbo, jambalaya, and fried chicken, I made my way to the start line of a scenic but hilly course.

The race ends in sight of the historic capitol building and features spot on Abe and Mary Lincoln impersonators. (Photo courtesy runabe.srcc.net)

The race ends in sight of the historic capitol building and features spot on Abe and Mary Lincoln impersonators. Abe kicks the race off with one of my favorite quotes. (Photo courtesy runabe.srcc.net)

As you likely gleaned between the “blahs” at the beginning of this post, I have been working to get my running game back, and that work paid off. I managed to finish the race in 1:36:59–a new PR!

Some perspective: that time saw me finishing 96/1,946 overall and 15/111 in my age group.

I’ll take it! I am sure that if I get a little sleep, some proper meals, and find a flatter course that I might be able to shave another minute or two off that time in the next month or so.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle…time for me to get hustling!

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