The Plan

Well, here’s my plan for the 10 5 ks.

Since Ron is running a half with me on June 6th he will be in training mode my birthday weekend.  That’s great news because he has agreed to run the first 4 5ks with me.  We’re starting at 6:00am at the McDonald’s behind Crabtree and running a little past Shelley Lake and back.  I ran this route last weekend with my Centennial Running friends and I love how shaded it is. The only sun you have is a short distance on the top crest at Shelley.

That should take us about 2.5 hours and then we’ll come back home.  Ron has Kung Fu on Saturday and he’ll have to get ready for that.  But for me, I want to go to the Raleigh Galloway kick-off.  It’s from 9-11:30 and even though I know I’ll be too shy to ask for a picture with Jeff, I might can score some free running swag.  Last year they gave out my favorite running hat.  I don’t want to miss it.

I figure once I get home and have lunch and rest a little, I can do 2 more 5ks around my neighborhood on my tried and true normal running route.  I can’t even begin to think how many miles I have run on these streets over the last 5 years.  I can run them in my sleep!

Next up, probably around 3:00pm,  I can go to White Deer Park in Garner and walk at least 1 5k and maybe run one more.

To finish it up, I’m thinking of going to Sam’s Branch Greenway and running just past Riverwood and back.  I think I’ll shoot to start those last 2 5ks around 6:00pm.  It should be a little cooler at that time and then afterwards we can all go to Deep River Brewing in Clayton.

Well there you go.  Oh the best laid plans of Mice and Melissa!

If there’s a rainstorm I’m putting it out there right now that I am postponing.  I want this to be fun.  I know rain can be awesome and I’ll never forgot my monsoon half at The Flying Pirate in 2012.  I’m just not interested in tackling my first 50k in the rain.

When I check this off the bucket list, my birthday will mark my official summer training program.  I’m registered for Hinson Lake on September 26th.  Could a 50 miler at Hinson be within my reach?  I think I’m just crazy enough to try it!

Then I’m itching to go back to OBX this November and maybe Kiawah in December.  So excited!

I’m not forgetting my CF goals either.   Double Unders, real push-ups on my toes, and a pull-up… will be mine!

(Check out this grandma’s pull-ups!)  Inconceivable!

Scott Jurek quote

Happy Everything!


I’m always guilty as charged when it comes to slacking on the cross training.  I know I need to but most weeks it is all I can do to get my 3 days of running in let alone thinking about the other 3 or 4 days.

This week has been tough.  Tuesday got here and I didn’t get up early.  Then when I got home something came up and I ended up skipping.  Wednesday morning came and went and Wednesday night was out because Ron and I had planned a date night.  Thursday morning came and I chose sleep over running and promised myself I’d run after work.  I was starved after work and ended up getting something to eat on the way home.  (I had a 2 hour drive home on Thursday night.)  Then after eating, I just couldn’t muster up the motivation to run.  So….Friday is here.  As you can guess, I didn’t run this morning.  However, I did run tonight.

5 Glorious Miles!

It was about 7:15 before I started so I knew it would be pretty dark before I finished.  I didn’t let that stop me.  I put on my reflective shirt and headed out.  The weather was cool and I’m so glad I made it out there.  It really was a beautiful run.

One thing that keeps me motivated to keep running is the hope to be able to lose a few pounds.  I’d actually like to lose about 20 pounds but that’s a whole other blog post.  Another motivation is the fact that I know running is very healthy for me.  It helps to keep my cholesterol down and osteoporosis at bay.  I heard just the other night on the John Tesh radio show that running can add up to 6 years to your life span.

Running with friends is another huge motivation for me.  I love my Galloway group and I love running with friends.  Next month I’m co-leading a Half Marathon Small Group at out church.  That is going to be so awesome!  We’re going to run together for 16 weeks and then run the Myrtle Beach Half in February.  I’m sure our group is going to keep me motivated all winter long. (Yay Mt. Zion friends!)

The number one motivator to me though is most assuredly signing up for races.

You see that 44 and 22 app on my phone?


The COO 44 is the countdown for the City of Oaks Marathon.  The Medoc 22 is the countdown for the Medoc Trail Marathon.  That my friends is what got me out there running tonight.

I have 3 weeks and 1 day until I’m going out for a little training run.  That’s what I’m telling myself.  Medoc is a full trail marathon but I’m just going out there to have fun and log some miles.  The cut off for Medoc is 7.5 hours.  Even though it is a trail marathon and will be harder than a normal marathon, I’m thinking that surely with my two sub 5 hours marathons under my belt, I should be able to make it before the cut off.  The course is 3 loops and they can pull you at the 2nd loop if they think you won’t make the last loop in time.  That’s my main goal.  I really don’t want to get pulled.  I’ve never had a DNF and I don’t want this one to be my first.

Now for the City of Oaks I have 6 weeks and 2 days to continue to get ready.  For this marathon I really want to give it my all and try to give a strong finish.

So there you go.  The countdown is on.

I, Melissa Cupit, do solemnly swear that I’m up to no good that I will faithfully cross train for the next 6 weeks as well as getting in my 3 weekly training runs.

Happy Cross Training Ya’ll!


I gave it all that I had on this cool and comfortable evening.  I ran on the flattest neighborhood streets I could find.  I didn’t stop once!

Many of you know that I’ve been chasing a sub 30 minute 5k.  This is as close as I’ve come since May of 2011.  I found a 5k in my Garmin history on 5-5-11 with a time of 30:42.  The funniest thing is I bet on May 5, 2011, I wasn’t thinking one thing about speed.  I probably was just out for a good run.  Mason would have been only 3 days old when I ran that 5k.

I hope to get back some speed soon.

Maybe my lucky birthday month of May will be the month I break 30 minutes.  I sure hope I can do it.

I was a good girl tonight and did a brisk warm up walk and all my post run runner stretches.  I’m getting ready in a minute for a pineapple/spinach smoothie.

I’ve got a 5k this Saturday and then it’s off to Garner to check out the Galloway training program. 

I hope your weather is as wonderful for running as it is here in the heart of Carolina right now.

Happy Trails!