Revving up to Race in the Ancient City

Well, it has been many moons since I signed up to run the St. Augustine Half Marathon. And now, it’s here! I can’t even believe it.

Just as the sun is rising Sunday morning, I will be lining up at the start line at fort Castillo De San Marcos in downtown St. Augustine.

The St. Augustine Half Marathon will be my first race since the Nashville Country Music Marathon in April, and my second half marathon of 2014 (or fourth if you count the full as two halves). This race will also be the first time I get to represent the Oiselle Flock and sport my bird jersey (aside from last month’s backyard photo shoot).

Looking back to when I signed up for this race during the summer months, I wasn’t even living in St. Augustine yet. I couldn’t imagine then exactly how things would unfold and come together. Thankfully they have, and I’ve been calling the Ancient City home for more than two months.

13.1 OR BUST

Have I been diligently sticking to my 13.1 Training Plan during the past 10 weeks since the move? Yes and No. As I mentioned in last Friday’s post surrounding Andrew’s art show, “Dear and Light Blue,” I’ve found ways to get more creative with my training this time around, amidst all the other happenings. Honestly, considering this time last year I forfeited a half marathon due to being physically injured and ill, plus emotionally exhausted, I consider being ready to take on a half marathon this fall despite all the recent changes to be a victory in itself. Am I pushing to set a personal record? If it happens, great! But I’m not going to knock myself out over it. My goals are to take things step by step, run how I feel and once again, trust whatever level of struggle I experience along the way.


Above all, my most important weekend goal is to enjoy the time with my mom. That’s right! My best friend and biggest fan is on her way over to St. Augustine to join me for the weekend, and participate in the 10K portion of the event that takes place on Saturday (tomorrow). When I originally suggested she participate in this family weekend event, she planned to run the 5K. However, she has been kicking up her running over the past few months (and kicking butt) and is more than ready to take on the 10K.

Unlike my mom’s racing years in her 30s when she completed numerous marathons, half marathons, and 10Ks, or my childhood years when we participated in 5K races together, this weekend’s experience brings a whole new unprecedented opportunity for the both of us. I will be cheering her on during her 10K on Saturday, and she and Andrew will be there supporting me during my half on Sunday. Considering I teared up during my 12-mile dress rehearsal run when I visualized Andrew and my mom waiting for me together at the finish line, one can only imagine what will happen when I see them live and in the flesh Sunday. I can’t wait to find out.

One of my favorite flashback photos of my mom and I drinking water out of beer cups after a local 5K race back in the 1990s. 


Now for a glimpse of the tunes I’ll be rocking in my headphones come Sunday morning. Although I’ve been wearing this playlist out over the past couple of years, it now holds so many running memories for me, I just can’t toss it out. I simply add to it every so often. Below are twenty of the 60 or so songs that help boost my running jam.

  • Broken Social Scene – “Meet Me in The Basement”
  • Ratatat – “Drugs”
  • Phoenix – “1901”
  • Snowden – “The Beat Comes”
  • The Faint – “Violent”
  • Beck – “Emergency Exit” (Corn Gangg)
  • Drake – “Headlines”
  • Bloc Party – “Helicopter”
  • Nada Surf – “Hi-Speed Soul”
  • Beyonce – “Run the World”
  • Lorde – “Royals”
  • Cherub – “Doses and Mimosas”
  • Phoenix – “Lisztomania”
  • Animal Collective – “My Girls”
  • J. Dash – “Wop”
  • Mates of State – “At Least I Have You”
  • RAC – “Hard to Hold” (feat. Tegan and Sara)
  • Arcade Fire – “Neighborhood #3” (Power Out)
  • Nicki Minaj – “Super Bass”
  • Passion Pit – “I’ve Got Your Number”