Two Make A Thing Go Right

>> Sunday, May 22, 2011

It was a cool, damp morning; a mist in the air. You could just feel the excitment! And also the chaos. A new start and finish; a new course.

Again I was not nervous. Not even anxious. This time, I was worried. I felt unprepared. I had missed/skipped twenty days of running during my training. And since I am my own worst enemy, I had put doubt in my mind that I would either not be able to finish the 13.1 miles or that I would finish worse than I did at the River Run.

In the end though, I PR'd by twelve minutes!!!

I ran the first two miles and the last two miles; the rest were 18r3w. Which was the perfect combination; it felt good and gave me confidence along the way.
It was good to return to the Rite Aid again; to see the sights and hear the sounds. Although I did run with my ipod for the first time in a race, I made sure that the volume was always at my fingertips, because it is wonderful to hear the cheers, music, and encouragement from the neighborhoods along the way. The turnout and cooperation of the residents always amazes me!

Looking back, I think I should have run the Full; simply because I missed out on the rest of the course, especially running along the lakeshore. However, since I did miss so much of my training, I'm glad I only did the Half.

I'm looking forward to the Full in Columbus in the fall. I have already begun to prepare my mind for how I am going to approach my training over the summer. I will definitely be more diligent when it comes to getting all the running in. I don't want to have to worry about finishing or my time (too much); I want to be able to enjoy the 26.2 miles through my old college campus and the surrounding neighborhoods.

I must say, my brother was right...supplemental classes at the gym and working out at home, really did help me to finish and improve my time, although I didn't believe him. I also can't believe that it has been a whole year since I ran the Full! I'm glad that I've keep up on staying active and that I was able to participate again this year. Next up, The Warrior Dash!

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A Hand Gun and A Grenade

>> Tuesday, April 12, 2011

It has been several months since I've blogged, although I've often thought about it, it just hasn't been necessary. Until now.

Since my last blog, I have stayed active and kept a routine. That's exactly what I was hoping for when I first got inspired to train for a marathon. I've kept the weight off and have participated in a lot of different activities to keep from getting bored while staying fit. I won't rehash what I do to keep on track, that's what my training logs are for, but I will say that I do something everyday.

More recently, I've been training for the Rite Aid Cleveland Half Marathon; and it hasn't been good. The weather has been very uncooperative, I was sick, and as always, taking on too much and over-doing it, which doesn't always allow me to get out for a run. Hence why I've finally decided to sit down and blog again. It helped me get through training before and allowed me to exercise the demons that plague my mind when I prepare for a 'race'; so I'm giving it another try.

I know that my finess level is drastically better than it was when I first started 'running', but it still doesn't make me feel any better about the thirteen miles coming up in a month. I think to myself, "I've finished 26miles, I've finished 13miles", but it still doesn't change the fact that I don't yet feel prepared for the half. I know I will finish, but I want to finish better than I did at the River Run. That's the black cloud that keeps me from feeling confident about the timing of this race. The spinning and hiking will help the cardio aspect, but I simply have to get more running and more mileage in inorder to feel better about 'running' the 'race'.

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Everything There Is a Season

>> Sunday, September 26, 2010

The River Run Half Marathon was awesome! I'm so glad that my brother and sister-in-law suggested it! It was a beautiful course and I really enjoyed the race.

Mile 1-3, I ran.
The next two miles I ran 10minutes, walked 5minutes.
The remaining 8.1 miles, I ran 10minutes, walked 2minutes, and sometimes skipped the walking all together.

I PR'd by 20minutes!!! At the half of the full Cleveland Marathon, my time was 2:58:50, but I finished the River Run in 2:38:21! I couldn't believe it! I was very proud of myself...and it felt so good!

I was a little stiff and sore, but nothing like I was after the full marathon. Shorter distance and better fitness made all the difference!

My family was there, showing their support and cheering me on. TJ even made me a sign and yelled for me everytime he saw me; at one point he was chasing behind me and even commented on how cute I looked. It was adorable :) Thanks for being there, guys!

I have and will continue running. Even though the next big race I will be training for isn't until May'11, I will keep at it 2-3 times a week, along with walking or hiking 2-3 times a week. I'm looking into some shorter distance races (PigSkin Classic) and 'fun' races (Warrior Dash), so we'll see what's next. I'm also going to cardio, kickboxing, weightlifting and yoga classes 3-4 times a week. I'll be sad to put my bike away for the season, but I'll be happy to be out crushing leaves beneath my feet and trekking through snow drifts!

Mid-November will mark one year from when this all began. It will be good to look back at my blogs, notes, and training logs to see how far I've come and how much I've changed. I know I need a whole new wardrobe, but I'm keeping away from the scale, because I'm happy where I'm at! I'll jump on it when it's time to reflect on my journey.

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Crescent Moon

>> Saturday, September 11, 2010

The eve of the half-marathon is upon me and I almost went to bed without mentioning it! Just like the marathon, I'm not nervous. Just anxious. I have an idea as to what to expect, but it's all irrelevant.

My goal is to finish.

And I'd like to finish in under 2:58:50.

The other thoughts I have about this race are hazy; I'm tired, need my rest, and honestly just don't want to think about it anymore. I just want to get out there and attempt to conquer the latest challege I've placed infront of me.

Everything else can be reflected on at the finish line.

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Video Killed the Radio Star

>> Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I haven't blogged in a long time.
Mainly because the marathon is over.
But also because I'm doing all of the same things in preparation for the half-marathon. And I feel like people are tired of hearing about my training. So this is a reminder to myself that this blog and my training are for me. No one else.

I've been training for the Berea River Run Half Marathon since mid-June. Ralking or Running five days a week is a lot different for a working girl. And so is taking four classes a week. And working out at home 2-3days a week. Good thing I was unemployed while training for the marathon! Ha.

I did finally hit the wall though. I kept waiting for it while training for the marathon and it never happened. But two weeks ago, it did. I totally bonked during a 5w20r10w15r5w. I made it through 5w15r...and then had a meltdown. (Granted it was a million degrees out at noon and after I had a class and an hour of weights, but still.) I really beat myself up about it. I recovered the next day and was able to go out and tackle the workout. Plus, my brother had some very encouraging and soothing words, as always. And reminded me not to over do it, as always. I can't help that I'm an all or nothing kind of girl.

Now during my training for the marathon, I had ITBand issues; which I ignored and worked through...but I'm now dealing with a pinched nerve in my neck and some unresolved lower back concerns. Neither of which have yet to physically effect my training, but until my next Dr. visit, the thought of their existance, weighs on me mentally. Although, until I feel or am told differently, I will keep on with my program and training. I look forward to the River Run; mostly because my brother suggested it and my sister-in-law loves the beautiful course, but also because I don't want to be a one hit wonder.

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