Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Operation Half Mary Training (I'm running for ME this time around)

Oh lookie! I'm running the Lincoln National Guard Half Marathon in less than a month and I just started training again! 

Isn't this the norm for me anymore? I mean, there's plenty of older posts (HTH Training Update, Half Mary Training 2015 Round #2) that prove I procrastinate and always wait until it's too late to start really training for time and a better PR. I almost always just beg myself to be in "good enough" shape to push through the miles and quite honestly, I've gotten used to it without giving myself a challenge. 

I like blogging because I can look back on my thoughts while training for running other races. I can re-read my words and remember my specific emotions that I once felt during a specific time period. For example, while training last year I wrote a post called No-Tivation. In this post I wrote about how my heart wasn't in this race. Specifically, "I think this time around what's happening is mentally, I'm just not wanting to train. Mentally, my heart isn't into this run. It's not my first and it's for sure not my last. It's an "in-between" race. A race that really doesn't count, per say, in the bigger picture of my racing career if you shall call it that."

To me, this is exactly where I'm at right now again. This is exactly how I feel. It's not a race that gives its runners a lot of chatter on social media, it's not one that you hear a lot about yet there are almost 13,500 of us runners that sign up each year to run together.

It actually kinda takes the pressure off doing my best and just pushes me to focus on being a better human instead. I like learning more about my limits with each new race and this one won't be any different.

In my personal life, there's a whole lotta emotional hot messy-ness going on. So, when I run, it's my "control" time. It's when I can go out and choose how hard I push myself. How much pain I can endure. To me, my running is the only time during the day I'm pushing everyone else's feelings aside and focusing on myself for once.

So, to answer everyone's questions a few weeks ahead of time. No I'm not pushing for a PR time. No I'm not actually going into this race with any ideal times or splits. No I probably won't post my official times on social media nor do I care what my mile paces end up being. I'm doing this one for me. I'm doing each and every single mile as a selfish way to heal and mend my soul.

I'm running for ME this time around.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Run With Grace 10k - Running On The Wall Review

Well, I barely squeaked through January and almost didn't get a race in! What a horrible way to start out the year by skipping a goal of trying to run a race a month! I ended up signing up for a totally cool Virtual Run through Running On The Wall to ensure I could get my race done for January. I still cannot believe I spaced getting signed up for a race but luckily this virtual race thing saved the day!!

I signed up for the Run With Grace Run because I loved the message behind it. Anyone who knows me knows one of my favorite verses that I consistently repeat to myself to help me get through races is "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:13". 

What I loved about doing a virtual run was that I could do it on my own time, at my own pace and still complete a race for the month. With my schedule being totally up in the air due to so many things I loved that I had everything I needed at home to go out and run. The best part, check out all the swag that came with my race entry fee!

Ya, all that for only $30! No fighting to find parking, no waiting around for the start of the race, no fighting crowds just cool gear and my hometown city streets that I run all the time. I loved it! I totally have intentions of signing up for another one shortly, I'm just not sure which one to choose next!? I'm thinking either Never Give Up or Always Earned (because I love the bib holder!) but can't decide quite yet.
Alright so onto my race info...

I ended up deciding to break the 10k into two 5k's due to time as well as being waaaay out of shape. Like, I haven't ran in well over two weeks and I've been binge eating nutella like the winter storms have kept me inside with no food just nutella. It went alright, my stats show I got side tracked a few times and ended up walking a little bit while I got a phone call from a client on the first run.

I did the first 5k on Saturday and the second run on Sunday. I am OCD so yes, I did wear the exact same outfit both days to ensure that my pictures all "matched." On Saturday I took off thinking I could do this, I could get my run in and get a decent pace, I cranked up my tunes, got through that first (tough) half mile and realized that I was feeling alright. I hadn't ate all day but did take my pre-workout so I knew my stomach wouldn't really appreciate it but didn't realize that it'd be angry with me for this decision. I was in about mile two-ish and realized that this was a lot rougher than I'd expected. I figured I'd just jump back into running and I'd be fine. Wrong. Totally wrong. 

I'm working on being more consistent this year for a reason. Because skipping out of running for two weeks leaves my body feeling horrible, my brain telling me to quit and my heart to feel like I can't do it anymore. I need to work hard, I need to focus again, I need to just make the time to run.

I finished Saturday feeling so defeated and actually sore. My knees couldn't handle the impact since they haven't been used lately and I actually had to stretch afterwards to ensure I wouldn't feel the pain over the next few days. I felt horrible and knew that the second half probably wasn't going to be much fun the next day. Lesson learned, don't skip a workout!! 

I loved that I could run my familiar routes in town but still getting to consider it a race for the year. I'm really trying to include more races in my routine to keep me accountable. I've got a half marathon coming up in May and I realize that I need to focus more on training so I'm trying to jump into more races as part of my training. 

The second "half" of the run I completed on Sunday. Jumping into that second 5k I know I was already down on myself so I was just trying to stay positive and remind myself that the time doesn't matter what really matters is that I complete it without giving up or quitting. I struggled and truthfully considered quitting but I kept going. About two miles into it I finally hit the "I can do this" plateau and felt better and knew I could and would finish this race up.

When I finally hit that 3.1 mile mark on day two I let out a huge sigh of relief and smiled. I did something that was one of my hardest races in awhile. I pushed myself from not working out over winter break to doing a 10k (my second ever) in two days. Woop! #proudmoment

Although I may not have ran gracefully the entire way I still ran the race and ended up finishing it. What a fun and exciting race series, I'm actually really excited to sign up for another one on an off month that I need to fill again!!
And on that note, I'm also obsessing over their race bib holders! I've been eyeing them for awhile and just can't decide which one I want to get! Which one do you have or recommend?!

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Thursday, January 21, 2016


So I'm sitting down to get my 2016 Race Schedule and I was realizing that a few months were looking kinda bare. In an attempt to really fill my schedule up I looked into some new Virtual Runs.

What are virtual runs? They're basically runs that you sign up for online, then, you get to complete the runs anytime, at home, in the comforts of your favorite trails and time frame. You can run when it works best, basically, just make sure you track it so you can send your results in. Then, the company sends you a super awesome swag bag filled with various things! Some can include race medals, t-shirts, stickers and of course the ever popular race bibs are necessary!

So I'm needing a race for January and none in my area are working out. I'm opting to just run a virtual race that way I can do it when I have the time and still reach my goal of running a race a month.

Check out Running On The Wall to see what fun themed races they have. I'm debating between the Run With Grace and the Never Give Up themed packets. I just can't decide. I'll prob end up running both ;) 

Does anyone want to come run one (or two) with me?! I'd love to have a crew of us all run a virtual race together and link-up to see how we all did! Shoot me a message and let's line something fun up!

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