Sunday, December 15, 2013
Today I got to check off a big one on my bucket list...I ran my first half marathon. This goal was a big one for me, as I've been wanting to run one for years. In the past I had signed up for 2 different races in which I didn't compete in (first one I had an injury, 2nd one I got pregnant), so getting to this goal has been a long process. Lots of pounds lost, and 2 kids later today was the day. This was my major fitness goal for 2013 and I snuck it in just in time!
Today I ran 13.1 miles.
After deciding not to do yet another race last month (luckily this time I had yet to sign up), I made up my mind to just run the "race" on my own. After all, a half marathon is really just a race against myself anyways. I also prefer running alone so it was a great option for me.
I finished my training and mapped out a route earlier this week. My last few long training runs felt great, but I was still pretty nervous come the end of the week. I just made sure to stay hydrated, get lots of rest, and eat some good foods. The rest would be what it was going to be.
My run was fantastic! Better than I could have ever imagined my first half marathon would be. I started out easy and smooth, which is the beauty of running by yourself, you really are running your own race and not influenced by anyone else's pace. A little after mile 4 I started to get into my groove. I was pretty nervous to ease up on the breaks, so to speak, being that I had a long way to go, but I did just a little bit and really found a pace that felt great, but was also moving along nicely.
At around mile 8 I realized that I would be easily under my goal that I had in mind (2:10). Then by mile 10 I started realizing that I would be just a few minutes away from the 2:00 mark. I just kept thinking that if I were that close to breaking 2 hours that I would want to do another race really soon to try to beat that time. However, being 10 miles in with 3 to go, the last thing that I felt like doing any time soon was another half marathon. Thus, I started to get really motivated to finish under 2 hours. I kept pushing, and worked on my pace the best that I could muster. 1 mile to go and I was stunned to find out how close I was to that time. I gave it my all to the finish, stopped my watch and looked down at my time.
I am THRILLED! I'm thrilled that I finished, that I felt so great the whole way, and the time was just icing on the cake.
I'm so glad that goal is finally behind me. Now I just have a couple more weeks to figure out a goal for 2014.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Today is November 10th, the day I had planned on running my first half marathon. That didn't happen. My training was going really well, but then all of a sudden, my schedule got unbelievably busy and I got off course.
I recently started taking family photos for people to make a little extra holiday cash. My normal long running day got gobbled up by photo sessions and I wasn't able to complete my 10 mile training run. My longest run that I had gotten up to previously was 8, this was to be my longest one before the race. Then, I went out of town. I had planned on doing 3 runs while I was there, 2 short ones and one long one. Well I did one 4 mile run and that was it, no other exercise. I know, I'm making excuses, but there they are...my steps backward.
Anyways, so I decided instead of risking injury that I would hold off on the race. Luckily, I had yet to sign up so no money was wasted in this decision. I honestly don't really care about doing an actual "race". My goal is just to do a half marathon, and I love running alone anyways so my plan is now to get my training done and do the half marathon on my own. I have a stop watch and can plan a route, I don't need to pay for a race. I will take it week by week, but I'm hoping to do my "race" sometime in December.
So what are my step forwards in this case? First, I am proud of myself for deciding not to risk an injury. I know I could have finished the race and ran the whole thing even, but I also know that when I add mileage too quickly I end up hurting myself (usually in the form of plantar fasciitis or shin splints). So I am patting myself on the back for taking care of my body! If I had walked away from this with an injury, it would have been a much bigger set back. Secondly, this morning for my long run, I ran a 6.34 mile route. I took my mileage back down, before I'm going to bring it back up. I felt really great, and I really had the confidence at that distance to push myself to go a little faster when I felt good. I took a full minute off my previous best time for that route. 55:38!
Sunday, October 20, 2013
It's been a while since I've written a blog so this is a good time to update the world on my progress a little bit. I've been maintaining my weight pretty easily for a while now. In a perfect world, I'd still love to lose a little more, but I'm at a healthy weight, feeling pretty good, and am easily maintaining. This summer was a little bit harder because with the extreme heat here, it is hard to get out to exercise as much. However, now that the fall, I'm back in business!
In a few weeks I'll finally be checking off a big one for my bucket list...my first half marathon. My training has been going really well and I'm pleased with how I am improving and (knock on wood) have remained uninjured. I definitely credit the weight loss to my joints not hurting!
Anyways, today I did my 2nd 8 mile run. I finished it 5 minutes faster than last week, was able to stay at about a 9 minute mile, and I felt great basically the whole way through. But the best part of this run was the big confidence boost I got from it. During miles 2 and 3 I saw other runners on the path ahead of me and easily passed them by. I'm not used to being the passer so this made me feel pretty awesome!
BUT THEN.....at mile 5 I saw a lady on her horse trotting down the path. I just knew I had to catch them! With a little extra effort, I picked up my pace a bit, caught up to them, and passed on by. I mean sure, the horse was just out for a leisurely morning trot, but in my head I it was the Kentucky Derby. Better luck next time horse!
The last 3 miles I trotted on home feeling pretty darn good about myself.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Today on Sparkcoach I was encouraged to focus on the positive and list 3 of my recent accomplishments. If I slip up I can refer back to these and remember the good things that I've done lately!
1. I've lost 44 pounds total!
2. I'm on a great tracking streak right now. 13 days so far!
3. I've started strength training and have been consistent in the past few months of getting in 2 strength workouts a week.
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