Wednesday, March 27, 2013
When I left work yesterday, I was still on the fence about running this half-marathon. The thought of doing it overwhelmed me so much that I stopped at the mall and got a Snickers covered caramel apple. Not the best choice for a potential half-marathon runner. I was so ready to sabotage myself that I was prepared to go home, eat it and lay around watching The Voice. When I got home, I started eating my apple and logged into Spark. One of my Spark Friends posted on my blog that just reading about me running a half-marathon inspired her to get up and go the gym. As I read that, I felt like a hypocrit. I got up, layered up and told myself that I would do 5 miles to the best of my abilities.
outside for the first time in months but the temp was still hovering under 40 degrees. I live at the bottom of the most monsteruous hill you would ever see. I began charging up the hill and was panting half-way up (this is just walking up it). By the time I got to the top, I was winded but I kept going. I then began to run. I had to take an early break to walk and get on top of my breathing - I think that hill was still affecting me. After a few minutes, I started running again. I ran about 7 blocks before walking when I hit another long hill. I got to the top of that hill and got back to flat ground but then my right knee and hip started to stiffen up. I immediately thought, "You cannot do a half-marathon." As I began to tell myself why I couldn't do it, I suddenly found myself running again. I ran six blocks straight, hit my turning point and continued running another six blocks until I took a walk break to navigate a hill. Once I got to the top of the hill, I ran again and didn't stop until I got to my other steep hill 8 blocks away. After that hill, I ran again and I didn't stop until I made it home. I did just under five miles (about 4.8) in 1 hour and 4 min. I was really proud of myself. I haven't seriously run in such a long time. I would speculate that I ran 70-75% of the distance. I live in a really hilly area and so I am okay with stopping to walk those.
Today my shins are kind of tight and I had to conduct training and was on my feet in heels all day. It wasn't as bad as it usually is but because of a family crisis that occured at 1:30am and kept me up for a good hour, I am pretty tired. Tonight is Zumba night and I may just rest. I am hoping the sun comes back out on Friday and I am going to try to run 6-7 miles. Worst case scenario is that I will not be ready to run a half-marathon and I will just do the 10k in July. That would be fine as well.
Have a great day Sparkies!