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THIRD Half Marathon: Done!


Monday, September 10, 2012

Hey friends... I know it's been a long while since I last posted, and I'm sorry about that! Life has been crazy, fun, and filled with change and blessings lately. It is an adjustment getting used to working from home and trying to find the balance between lazy and overworked (where my business stuff leaks into my personal time, and vice versa). I know that the coming months will bring more change and challenge, and I will try to pop in and leave an update here and there when I have time. (For more consistent updates, find me on facebook! I have a page for She Lives Fit that you can follow if you're interested.)

Anyway, the latest and greatest is that I completed my THIRD half marathon yesterday! I am definitely feeling sore today... ow ow!

I did this city-half last year with my good friend Jocelyn, but she was unable to participate this year since she moved even further away. So, I enlisted another new friend of mine, K., to train and run with me! We have been training the past 3 months or so, doing 2-3 runs per week together. It has been so nice to have her companionship in preparation (and good motivation to get out of bed when we're meeting at 5:15 am to beat the heat!).

My first half was in Fargo last year in May, and I finished in 2:07, with one bout of walking. I was training really hard and very consistently for this first race, and I felt very proud of how it went. My second half was one year ago today - in my city - and I wasn't training/running as hard, but I WAS doing the LiveFit challenge and a TON of strength training and HIIT cardio, so I was more FIT and in shape than I am today. I finished my second half in 2:04.

That being said, I am pleased with how yesterday went, as I wasn't trying to "beat" my times before, but just finish the race and do my best to not walk. Our training runs were pretty slow, averaging between 10-11 min. miles (and some slower during humid weather), so I aimed for a consistent pace of 9:45 - 10:00 min miles for the first 8 or so miles, and then kicked up the intensity to 9:00/pace for the last 4-5 miles. I finished the race in 2:08!

Here are some pictures from the morning!

Before the race, ready to run. It was GORGEOUS weather, a crispy cool 58 degrees to start!


K. and me waiting at the start!


Running! Around mile 4 here.


WE FINISHED!


I have more photos I would like to share, but SP blogs are being glitchy and won't allow me to upload it! (Frustrating.) After the race, K. and I and our "biggest fans" (my hubby and her boyfriend) went out to the Original House of Pancakes to get breakfast/lunch. I had a short stack of pumpkin pancakes with pecans and a bowl of fruit. It was amazing!

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SHERRY28269 9/26/2012 11:15AM

    You are an inspiration! I hope your new business is going well. emoticon

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TWEETIEBIRDIE 9/23/2012 7:44AM

    Wow! You are an inspiration...and you look great. Glad your new job is working out for you too!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/14/2012 4:12PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon looking great whitney love and great to hear from you i was wondering how it was going.love that colour purple on you and your hair looks blonder in the photos,loveit.keep on keeping on whitney love emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 9/11/2012 9:42AM

    Great job! I'd love to run one one day. Thinking next spring as they have one near/in my city then. :-)

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DRAGONFLY02 9/11/2012 9:19AM

    Awesome job! And I have to say, you and your friend look just as beautiful at the end of your race as you did in the beginning. Me? I would be a disheveled mess...then again, I'm not capable of running a half marathon at this point in my life. Maybe one day......

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 9/11/2012 8:24AM

    Hooray!!! You look like you enjoyed every moment!

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LADYBUG1107 9/11/2012 5:14AM

    Congratulations on your third half marathon!

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IZADORA 9/11/2012 2:39AM

    Way to go!!!

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GOING-STRONG 9/10/2012 10:50PM

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1HAPPYSUSAN 9/10/2012 9:39PM

    Great photos and great accomplishment! Did you picture yourself being a half-marathon runner a few years ago? You've done so well, Whitney, and I admire your success and drive! You go, girl! emoticon

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FITFOODIE806 9/10/2012 8:17PM

    How is it possible to look that good after running a HM?! Fitness is clearly good for you!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/10/2012 6:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy to hear about your third half marathon! emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/10/2012 6:17PM

    So good to hear from you. The pictures look good. Sounds like you had a great time during the race and afterward. Keep up the good work, my friend.
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GINA180847 9/10/2012 6:02PM

    So happy for you that all the things you wanted to change for the better are in play.

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STACYR31 9/10/2012 4:55PM

    Great job! You have so many wonderful accomplishments to be proud of and I'm glad that you are achieving all of your goals!

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KAREN_NY 9/10/2012 4:27PM

    Congrats :)

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 9/10/2012 3:54PM

    great race, great time!

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MOLLI15 9/10/2012 3:16PM

    Yay! So happy to see a blog from you! Congrats on your third HM! I think you look fabulous-- really fit and really happy! And I LOVE the new haircut! Good luck this fall!

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SNOWYOGA 9/10/2012 3:07PM

    You look great and really happy. Glad that things went so well, and the weather, and let us know when you doind your next. Thanks for sharing and the pictures too emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 9/10/2012 2:38PM

    great job! You look awesome and happy!!!

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ALLIEALLIE2 9/10/2012 2:22PM

    emoticon yay she did it again!!! good job Whit!

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