Before we begin talking about my comeback, let me begin by welcoming you to the first ever Runners’ Roundup!
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I have had a tentative comeback date in the back of my mind for quite a while now, maybe even as soon as I was released from the hospital. I wanted a familiar 5K, close to home. Ideally, it would be before summer and it would have every single bell and whistle. Motivation is important to me, and I love races that offer all the perks.
The 6th Annual Sweet By Holly Cupcake Run 5K and 1 Mile Kids Cake Walk, benefitting Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida on April 4 in St. Johns Town Center checks every single box.
On Monday, my PT might have mentioned something about starting me on a treadmill at our next session. I’m feeling good and strong, and I can’t help but see possible training plans emerging over the next eight weeks.
The beginning stages include focusing on my gait. I need to concentrate on keeping my hip and foot aligned under my body. My foot has to roll from heel to toe. Every day, I have to watch my turnover and make sure I’m not favoring my injured leg. The elliptical will help a little, and the treadmill a little more.
From there, the plan is to start “walking for exercise.” We have a beautiful neighborhood with plenty of sidewalks. I can make that work. And then we will see if super speedy walking can turn into some run/walk intervals, or even a Couch to 5K situation. I’m not making any promises, but I am committing to work hard and daring to hope.
Recovery is starting to lead places. It’s pointing to my comeback. I can almost taste it, like the Sweet by Holly cupcake at the finish line of that 5K.
The Sweet by Holly Cupcake Run 5K and 1 Mile Kids Cake Walk is absolutely friendly for all ages and abilities. It’s a competitive, gun-timed race, so everyone is represented accordingly and the flat course makes it perfect for the comeback runner, too. I may not be lining up at the front of the line, but I’ll be lining up.
I’m excited to earn some swag and bling again. I miss that feeling, and can’t wait to see the goody bags at packet pickup! Participants of the Cupcake Run are treated to so many race amenities: a Sweet by Holly Cupcake at the finish, vouchers for two more free cupcakes and a frozen yogurt (use these when picking up your packet at Sweet by Holly), blingy medals for both Cupcake Run and Kids Cake Walk, technical race shirt for 5K participants (cotton t-shirt for Kids Cake Walk participants), custom bibs for early registrants, and FREE race photos!
Most of all, my presence at this event supports Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida. This amazing non-profit inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experienced-based curriculum to creatively integrate running. Our kids deserve positive outlets full of support and enthusiasm and Girls on the Run provides exactly that.
This comeback means recapturing the feelings and sense of accomplishment I had after this race five years ago, and I am so ready to get back to that!
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*This is a sponsored post. I have partnered with Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida to promote the Sweet By Holly Cupcake Run 5K and 1 Mile Cake Walk. I have received compensation in the form of race registration for my own personal use. All opinions are my own.*