My work hosted our first annual 5k at the conference last week. Look, my feet aren’t touching the ground- I’m flying (and heel striking, dang it!!) :p
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It’s hard to believe that my first half-marathon is less than two weeks away. Less than a year and a half ago I could barely run a mile. In fact, in my very first blog post in May 2009 I wrote:
Thoughts on running- I always wanted to be one of those people to which running came naturally. Alas, that has never been the case for me. I’m trying to change that, and the past couple of times I’ve gone running it hasn’t been completely terrible. That is, I don’t feel like I’m going to die the entire time. I am still waiting for that elusive runners high… I think if I go longer I can do it!
Fast forward 16 months. I’ve ran numerous races and even made it to double digit runs, coming in at 445 miles ran in 2010 as of today. Woohoo! It’s safe to say that I’ve experienced numerous runners highs 🙂 I’ve endured my share of injuries — IT Band issues and swollen arches come to mind — but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Well, what I really mean is that I sustained these injuries on my path to becoming a runner. I dealt with them and overcame them and am now a stronger runner for it.
Going into the race, I have a few time goals in mind, based upon my skill level and my natural pace. The only person I’m racing is myself. Which is what I love about running. Anyway. When I ran the 14k back in February, it was my first race that was a length other than 5k. I went into without any expectations and was very pleased with my results. Of course, I think I ran a little faster/better because I was running with Brian. I won’t have that luxury during the half but that’s okay. My final stats were:
- 8.73 miles ran
- Time: 1:29:09
- Pace: 10:12 mi average
Overall I was really happy with my performance. With that, I went into the Boilermaker 15k with the hopes of finishing in under 1:40. Mmm that didn’t really happen. There really was no rhyme or reason for my goal. I guess I just figured “hey, I’m only adding on less than a mile, I can totally do that in ten minutes,” not taking into account that the 14k course was flat and it was oh, February in Virginia Beach, so quite chilly (which is easier to run in in my opinion). For those of you familiar with the Boilermaker, it is anything but flat. And yeah, incredibly hot, hence the race name “Boilermaker.” Still, I finished in 1:45 and was so proud of myself and my time. That race was damn hard!
Looking back at my two longer race times and conditions coupled with the times on my long training runs (10 miles: 1:47; 11 miles: 2:01; 10 miles: 1:45), I have these goals in mind:
- I know I can: Finish in under 2:30
- I think I can: Finish in under 2:25
- I hope I can: Finish in under 2:17
Even with those goals, I’ll still be ridiculously happy if I can just finish. I’ve come a long way since my “I can’t even run for a minute” days. 😀
Obviously, running the half is my ultimate goal. Still, I’ve learned a lot training for it. One being that I like looking at my stats. Including:
- Miles run: 150
- Number of weeks in training: 8
- Toenails lost: 1
- Pounds gained: 3-5
- Inches lost (in waist): 1
- Ice baths taken: 3
- Ice baths enjoyed: 0
- Gus consumed: ~10
- Injuries: None, aside from the random toe issue a month back. *knocks on wood*
- Cross-training: Bikram yoga 2x a week
- Number of days a week spent running: Mostly 3, sometimes 4
- Glasses of wine given up: 1 (I just started last night. It was painful).
As of yesterday (Tuesday), I decided I will not be drinking any alcohol until the race is over. Wow, big deal right? I usually end my night with a glass of red wine so this is kind of difficult, haha. I have a wedding to attend this weekend, a board meeting to go to with cocktails after AND I’m going to the Bills/Jets game in Buffalo. Oh well, the half-marathon is more important than a stupid beer. Or glass of red wine. Right?? Right.
I’m also only wearing flats. Which can get interesting since some of my work pants are a bit longer and require heels. It’s okay though. I’m training for a half-marathon, not trying to win a style award 😉 I will be wearing heels to the wedding though. Some things just can’t be compromised. 😀
I stepped on the scale for the first time this morning since I started training. I’ve gained some weight. I’m not sure of the exact number since I forget what I weighed before but I think it is in the 3-5 pound range. At the same time, my waist and stomach have gotten smaller- I can notice it and I measured this morning and saw that I’ve lost an inch there. I’m assuming the gain is in my quads. Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound of fat is the same as a pound of muscle. It just takes up less space. So I’m just hoping that I’ve gained some muscle (although three pounds worth in two months??? Probably not. Who knows). Do you gain weight when training for a distance race? I’ve heard it’s pretty common.
So that’s where I’m at in my half-marathon training. I have set attainable goals and am working hard to get there. I’ve learned a lot and have made some great friends through running. Thank you for following along with me 🙂