Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I want to say a big to all my Spark friends who inspired me to sign up for this race. For a long time I thought this distance was impossible, but then finally I made it a dream to run one someday. I live in Utah and we celebrate the 24th of July as Pioneer day with fireworks, parades and races. I was browsing through races a couple months ago and saw the Deseret News Half marathon and for some reason it just jumped out at me. I kept thinking about how much I wanted to sign up for it and finally did a month ago. At that point my longest runs were only 6-8 miles.
I only had a month to train and I just gradually added a mile to my long run every Saturday. My last long run was 11 miles on 7/13. I then scaled back the running so I could rest up my body. I did a 5K race on the 20th and then gave my legs a rest. What surprised me about my training was that my injuries did not really bother me. It was probably because I was listening more to my body. I really paced myself on my long runs and actually ran slower than I am used to. I'm so amazed and I know I'm blessed to have a healthy body that can do these things. I'm doing my best to take care of it so I can keep this stuff up.
I slept like garbage the night before my race. I kept thinking about everything I needed to do when I woke up. I had to get up at 3am so I could make it to SLC to catch a bus at 4am to make it up Emigration canyon where our race was beginning. It was freezing and we actually had to wait 90 minutes before the race was going to start. I have no idea even right now why they had to bus us to the starting line so early. If I do this race again I will remember to bring a blanket while waiting for the race to start.
The race started at 6am and the majority of it was downhill. It felt awesome to just run downhill, at least for the first half. After I hit mile 6 I still had energy but my thigh muscles were starting to kill! I really focused on pacing myself during the whole race, even telling myself to cut back several times. I don't remember ever feeling too tired. The thing that really slowed me down was the pain in my legs! The last mile was pure agony. We actually ended up running the last 3 miles on the SLC parade route. There were lots of parade goers there to cheer the racers along. I kind of felt like a celebrity, even if I was dragging my legs with me. I think the last mile was literally the longest mile of my life, but I kept going. I ran the whole half marathon. I feel really good about this accomplishment. I'm sure there will be more half marathons in the future! Maybe I just need to train my legs more for downhill running. During training I practiced going up steep hills and down, but maybe it wasn't enough to prepare myself for a pure downhill race. I don't know my official time yet, but the clock did say 1:46:46 as I crossed the finish. My goal was just to beat 2 hours and I think I did a pretty good job!
My legs are totally killing me right now, but it was worth it!
Monday, June 03, 2013
I have been so weak with my eating on weekends and I want to get better! I'm afraid I failed myself again this weekend. I'm starting to develop some bad eating habits that are so hard to break. Since I started this journey, I have always had a cheat day. Sunday is my only cheating day, but for some reason I have started cheating on Saturday as well. I fell out of my weight maintenance range back in January and it's been a battle since then. I want so badly to get back down to the 130's again. I know it's not about the number, but I loved being in the 130's. They looked good on my 5'7 medium build frame. I just need to be strong and fight these bad habits that are trying to creep back in. I always eat tons of fruits and veggies daily and focus on getting enough protein and fiber. I'm going to stop buying myself little treats and I need to just get the eating back under control. Before SP, when I was overweight I used to just mindlessly eat all day and I'm finding myself wanting to do that again, even when not hungry. I was able to over come it before, I hope I can do it again.
My goal is to lose 5-7 pounds over the next couple months. I'm going to try not to eat more than 1500-1600 calories daily. This may sound crazy but I want to cut down on exercise too. I feel like I have been overdoing it lately and my body is letting me know.
On the plus side of things, I ran two races over the last two weekends and they went really well. I ran a 10K last Saturday and took 1st for women. I was 6th to finish overall so that means I beat a bunch of guys too. I'll admit it, I love outrunning the guys mostly because of the men who say that women can't do it. I can tell you that women are capable of being very powerful and strong athletes. Yesterday I did a 5K fun run for a charity. It wasn't a very big race but I still finished 2nd overall. I love being competitive and I just love to run. I'm sure I will be running a few more races coming up. I don't have anything lined up right now. I really want to train for a half marathon but I have things holding me back. A 5K is not a challenge for me, but I feel challenged by a 10K, so that scares me that I wouldn't be able to handle 13.1 miles. My "long runs" are 7-8 miles right now. I can handle it, but then my body needs 2-3 days to recover. I have not been able to overcome my low back injuries I started feeling last August. I'm worried if I run more it will be too much for my body. I'm just not sure what to for my body at this point so that I could train for a half marathon. I'll keep it on my bucket list. I'm jealous of everyone I know who can compete at that distance. It will be my dream someday.
I need you SP to keep me strong and help me reach my goals!
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