The Gasparilla Challenge

Ah, I love a good double meaning! This weekend I’m registered for the Gasparilla Lime Challenge (thanks Bibrave). I just didn’t have it in me this year to tackle the half marathon so instead I’m doing the 15K on Saturday and the 8K on Sunday.

The real challenge for me will be accepting that I’ve taken 2 steps back. Last year I was about 12lbs lighter and had been really training. This year, although working with my doctor on some issues, I haven’t been as dedicated. Last year, it was PR after PR and I know that isn’t going to happen this year.


2017 Gasparilla half


I mean, I look happy and ready to rock it! The last couple months running has become hard again. The weight gain hasn’t helped and the injury sustained in November has really put me behind.

I know these are all things that I am working on but it is never easy to face or admit. It just feels like everything is more of a struggle on the athletic and weight front. I went through the proper channels with my doc on bloodwork and all that jazz. Now, we are trying a couple other things like gut health and such. It is a process!

I’m optimistic but now that it is spring (at least in FL) and race season is starting up it is difficult to admit that I’ve fallen back and have to start again. Last year I felt strong and this year…not so much.


2017 Gasparilla half


So this weekend, I’ll tow the line with different goals in mind. Go out and have fun! Really take in the scenery for a course I’ve never done and enjoy the company of a running pal that is seriously overdue!

Who else is joining me for Gasparilla? Anyone else rocking a challenge?

Published by Kim Teter

I am a 35 year old living in Maryland. I'm trying to find a balance between a healthy lifestyle and actually having a life.

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