Monthly Archives: January 2014

Ready

Remember last post where I said that I was not going to over think the Half too much, welp, I lied.  I’ve been weather stalking and cultivating a nice little ball of nervous energy in the pit of my stomach.  Sigh.  My last taper run helped ease some of my nervous energy a bit and now I have to just focus on having f-u-n.    

The training is done! I did it! There is definitely a lot of pride and satisfaction in checking off all those weeks of work.  I’m happy that I was able to get through 12+ weeks of training with out any illness or missed weeks.  I stayed healthy with the exception of a little knee pain every once in a while.  So unless I trip over my cat or step on a Lego, I think I should show up to the race pretty healthy and in one piece.  

When I reflect back on my training, I am really pleased how it went.  Not too many shit runs (if any at all) and I got to run in Houston; Chicago; and New York City.  Not too shabby! I got to run with my cousin in her very first 5K; I got to run with my bestie on a very snowy 8K course, and I had the pleasure to run the entire length of Central Park in New York with my Husband.  I ran 8 miles with a local running club (then tacked on an extra three miles!); and found a really nice and peaceful trail where I logged my first double digit run! I really can’t complain about this training cycle at all.  

On a really brisk 9 Miler, a car honked in a show of support (I’m just going to go with that because I can’t think of another reason why I would be honked at).  On the 10 Miler, a gaggle (?) of cyclists all shouted good morning in unison to me as I made my way through my last mile.  That left a smile of my face so freaking wide I probably looked liked a moron, but whatevs.  

When I ran my first ever mile without stopping way back in 2011, I was so proud and excited.  Never did I really think that I would be running a half marathon.  I didn’t think I had it in me. But, I guess I do because here I am. I’m ready to start. I’m ready to cross the line.

I’m just ready. 

 

 

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Taper Time.

Hey ya’ll you guys! Guess what I’m doing this week! Tapering, ya’ll! This is like, a huge milestone in my life.  This is my first taper and I feel like I need to document this moment in time.  My first half marathon is this Sunday and I successfully made it through my training plan! Tapering is weird.  I thought that I would really enjoy the low mileage week but it feels all wrong.  I feel like I should be running more and I am slighting worried that I’ll forget how to run this week. But on the flip side, I feel like I have all this free time on my hands to do stuff.  Which kinda sucks, because I have more time to worry about forgetting how to run.  Oh God.  People don’t forget how to run do they? DO THEY?!?!

So, I’m trying to have a relaxed week and not over think the Half too much.  The training is done, I put in the effort, I am proud of my effort so I’m trying to focus on that this week.  

Each day I’ll try to recap some of my favorite moments from training.  Here’s today’s:

Realizing I can run long(er) distances! I remember feeling way overwhelmed when I looked at the half training program as a whole.   It’s really easy to get freaked out about running 12 miles when you haven’t even ran 6 yet, but I figured out pretty quickly to focus one week at a time. Sometimes I had to even knock it back to one day at a time. That’s a good life lesson, if you ask me.  One day at a time, one step at a time.  On race day, I’ll try to keep in mind that each step is bringing me closer to that finish line. 

 

 

 

 

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2013 Rewind

Well, here it is, 2014.  My 2014 resolution is simple.  Just keep moving.  2013 was a great year for me running wise, it got off to a great start with three (back to back to back) races in February. I had a good running rhythm going up until that last February race.  After my last run in New York over the Triborough Bridge with my Bestie, I put away my sneakers to focus on my big move to Texas.  Running took a back seat for a few months.  The more I became settled in my new home and new state, the fact that I wasn’t running started to gnaw at me.  I was nervous to get started again.  I felt so shy about running in my new neighborhood.  I don’t really know why, but I likened it to someone dipping their tippy toes into a pool before jumping in. I had to do it when I felt comfortable. I half halfheartedly attempted the treadmill – those sessions never really lasting that long.  I had fleeting thoughts that I may just not pick it up again.

I introduced myself to the ‘hood by taking lots of stroller and wagon walks with my son.  That helped me a lot and by May, I ran my first 5K in Texas.  From that point forward I turned my little running hiatus into a really rewarding year.

Kim (bestie mentioned above) made me this very cool infographic that shows my 2013 running year beautifully.

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I like to say that running in Texas agrees with me.  I found a lot of fun races, a weekly social run, a 5K class that helped me take a lot of great strides to becoming a better runner.  Would this have happened in New York? Maybe.  But having it happen in Texas helped me feel more at home here.

Here’s a few things I’m looking forward to in 2014:

My first HALF MARATHON in February.  I’ll be running it with the Husband and Kim.  Two very important people will be with me as I complete (hopefully!) a challenging to me distance.  There may be tears.

The Solider Field 10M.  Also with the Husband and Kim.  I’m digging the first half of this year already!

Going back to my first Texas race! Running the Disco 5K with the Husband and my son in the stroller.  If we can still get the son in the jogging stroller in May!

Overall, I’m just hoping for another rewarding and healthy year in and out of my running sneakers.

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