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Livin' la Vida Lacy - On your mark, get set ... run

With all the renovations, I’ve been on a running hiatus. Running has been my favorite form of exercise since I can remember, but priorities shift sometimes. Isn’t it crazy how easy it is to slip out of a habit, especially one you’ve had for years?

Now, I know what some of you are thinking, “Nah, you’re crazy and running is reserved for emergency situations like a bear chasing you.” Well, what I’ve always loved about running is the stress relief, the happy high from all the endorphins and the comradery with fellow runners, aka crazies.  

Anyway, I’m ready to get back into it. What’s motivating me this time? Sheer will and determination, you ask – nope, it’s my aunt Melinda. After persevering and running in pain, she finally had to have surgery this week.

The doctors grinded the bone socket of her hip and stitched her labrum back in place. To do this, they had to dislocate her hip to fix her dysplasia. She’ll be undergoing physical therapy for several months. You know what that means – no running for at least five months. She’s super bummed about it too.

For me, that really put things in perspective. I’ve never given much thought to the idea that I may not always have this ability that has brought me so much joy. It’s going to be difficult building my mileage and speed back up though. Guess I’m going to be creating one killer playlist to get started.

Being back in McMinnville, I’m also encouraged and motivated by my running heroes – Freddie and Sarah Hoover, along with Anne Myers. These folks have been in the local running community forever. When I see them out, they serve as a constant reminder that I need to get my feet out on the road. 

I’ve also been looking into potential half marathons (13.1 miles) to sign up for. For me, having a race to look forward to keeps me interested (and slightly competitive). Although there are some local races coming up, I’m not going to be ready by then. 

Instead, I’m looking at previous races, especially since Ross wants to join me. I don’t want his first half to be super challenging so here’s a few I’m considering.

• Upper Cumberland Haunted Half – This race takes place in Cookeville in October, which is my favorite month. The swag is always on point, there’s a lot of community support and tons of runners dress up. I also like that it’s not too far from home.

• The Middle Half – This certified race is known for being fast and flat. Again, it’s in October and not too far away (Murfreesboro). It’s also limited to the first 2,500 registered participants so it’s small enough to avoid the logistic challenges of big races. 

• Viola Valley Half Marathon – This is an extremely pretty and scenic race. It’s convenient and local, but it’s also hot and hilly. I’m going to keep this summer race in the back of my mind and see where we’re at training-wise come May.

Standard reporter Lacy Garrison can be reached at 473-2191.