Run It Fast Member 112! I joined the Run It Fast! club this morning!
Half marathon training has been pretty swell, thus far.
I am using Trish Blackwell’s couch to half app. I’ve found it to be very straightforward without a lot of shenanigans and terminology that I don’t understand.
I’m only on week two, mind you.
I much prefer a planned week with intent of what I’ll be running, rather than making a decision at 4:00 on the way to my car after work. After work I feel like I’ve been knocked around with a baseball bat and the idea of tromping around on a treadmill is the last thing I want to do. But! I’ve been doing it and have found that going in with a goal is much easier for me.
My sister in law has agreed to complete the half with me, which I think is SUPER exciting. She is marvelously athletic and has completed triathalons with high ranks. She’s an inspiration, no doubt! I’m thrilled to have that extra motivation to rock it out!
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today if your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get . You just run.” – John Bingham.
Maybe I am a runner after all! I have trouble convincing myself of that.
Today I took the next step. It’s been my goal to complete a half marathon – but it seems absolutely terrifying to actually take the step and DO it. Today I decided that without something set in stone I wasn’t going to make myself do it.
I’m utilizing the Couch to Half app, because I have a requirement for appropriate guidance – otherwise it’d never happen!
First things first: I have to say, this was one of the best experiences I’ve had in quite a while.
My mom, daughter, and I showed up at LSU Saturday morning about 2 hours prior to the run. We intended to mill around and just get settled in. There were a TRUCKLOAD of things going on – it was very hectic with tons of people. This was thrilling! I’d had my gargantuan iced latte so I was ready to bop all around the place.
We visited all of the tents and spent so much time being thankful for those who were there and those standing in tribute and in memory of someone else. The parade was wonderful, as was the releasing of balloons. My mom had a bit of a rough time with this because my sweet aunt (her baby sister) was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.
I ran in her honor.
When it was about time to get prepped and ready, we received a surprise! My brother, sister in law, niece, and nephew showed up to cheer me on. THAT! was spectacular. There’s nothing like a little love to propel you forward!
Things were a bit hectic in terms of actual race planning – as not all runners were chipped. I had to back track at one point and pass over the reader, unfortunately. They hadn’t given any notice of where the starting line was or where the course route was. It was slightly unfortunate. The runners were tripping over the non-runners for the first quarter mile. It feels rotten to bounce around others like that, but I guess we do what we can!
It was gorgeous out, slightly chilly initially – so it was perfect by the time I hit the half mile mark. I completed 24th in my age bracket and 127th in women overall. I feel like the timing was off a bit but it’s nothing worth concerning myself over.
I finished Susan Komen Baton Rouge 5k with a 32:14.8 – so a 10:24/mile.
The Hot Chocolate D.C. 5k in December was completed with a 39:01:00 and a 12:34/mile.
Two minute improvement in 3 months. Not shabby!
I was thrilled to be able to raise as much as I did for local fighters as well as local cancer research. With the love of family and friends I raised $366! I will definitely be ready to team build for the Susan Komen New Orleans in October. I’m trying to get a team together for my aunt. I think that would be stellar!
It was perfect! I can’t wait for the Crescent City Classic, though.
I am still trying to determine what my costume ought to be!
The Susan Komen 5k is this Saturday! I am very excited to be completing a run in Louisiana this time! Hot Chocolate in D.C. was a lot of fun but altitude and freezing temperatures are not my friend!
I’ve got my Team Sparkle skirt and leggings ready! Lululemon gear ready to be worn!
But mostly? I was amazed by the love and support if family and friends in helping me raise $366 for Baton Rouge breast cancer research!