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last night's run and a potential half-marathon

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.

It was emoticon 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!
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    You got it in you... emoticon Anybody that can run while telling themselves they can't do a marathon while practicing for a marathon can do what she believes may not be possible. Now the carmel snickers apple...I don't think I've ever put aside my sweet tooth demon to workout. I probably would have run faster just to get back home to it...but then again after such a workout probably wouldn't have wanted it anymore. I always say now if they put that slice of cake in front of me while working out I'd probably push through anything to get to it (hence my weakness). But so proud of you for running, keep it up
    1814 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    You could've shared that Snickers caramel apple with me! That's my favorite! I'm glad I can't find any in this country place. LOL You are doing a great job with your running. Wish I could do half of what you're doing. emoticon
    1815 days ago
    Good job! It is always motivational to read your blogs ;) And as for the family crisis, I hope all is well.
    1815 days ago
  • STHAX10
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    1815 days ago
  • JEREMY723
    Sounds like a great plan!

    I'm a bit confused: I believe you live in Nebraska? Are there hills/mountains there? I've never been, maybe I have the state wrong, etc. Thanks!
    1815 days ago
    I ran the whole 10K, and was second to last place. LOTS of people who finished before I did were doing run/walk intervals. Nothing wrong with intervals! Heck, they're saying now that intervals are BETTER for your cardiovascular health than steady running is.
    Good job on putting the caramel apple down and running instead!
    1815 days ago
    Funny thing about finishing a 1/2 marathon, or an event of any distance... whether you walk or run, a mile is a mile. Consider focusing on finishing your 1/2. Period. Just finish... You are more than capable of finishing every event you start. You conveyed SO much determination in this blog; whether you walk, run, or alternate walk-run intervals your body is ready to do whatever you decide you can do. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY believe you are able to complete a 1/2 marathon.
    1815 days ago
    do as much as you can
    1815 days ago
    Keep on keeping on!! Go as far as you can. I've done a lot of things I thought impossible with my mom's simple encouragements: "Just do the best you can" "just try it once" etc. :) Good luck at 10K :)
    1815 days ago
  • LEMON2012
    HOORAY! I am doing my 1st 5K in 2 weeks, and have a 10K planned for September. Also already have 1/5 jotted down September can do it girl! You've come this far...I know much farther than you ever thought! We just have to remember that its 20% physical & 80% mental!!! (Mostly mental) I'm proud of you already because you are such a go-getter and awesome attitude! And its super difficult to run outside, so def A+++ for effort!!! Much Love! and YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon
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    1816 days ago
    I love how others can continue to motivate one another! Can't wait til you post of you completing the half-marathon! emoticon
    1816 days ago
    I enjoyed reading your blog! Good luck running a half-marathon. Stay focused on your fitness and weight management program and you will be a success! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1816 days ago
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