Tuesday, June 16, 2015

HTH Training Update

So I talked up a big show saying I was going to do it right this time. I was going to train and focus on my daily miles in anticipation for my first real destination run in Alaska for the Her Tern Half.


I seriously feel horribly embarrassed to call myself a runner but I'm learning that some of my own biggest disappointments in myself lead to building me up bigger and pushing myself further.

Last night I knew I wanted to go on a run, but I didn't realize that my run was going to be a long run! I set a goal to get out and run about 3ish miles or so. I figured it'd be a good launching point to start focusing on running again and wouldn't completely kill me.

While out running I found my stride and just went with it. Beforehand I tried out some new GU gummies I had and didn't realize that combining them with my regular pre-workout drink mix would result in such a long run! I started by cranking on my tunes and just going, once I was into the run I figured I'd just work on my splits instead of focusing on mileage times.

I choose to run in Crete because the change of scenery is nice and they've got a kick butt uphill battle I like to run. I basically ran up and down that mile-ish long hill then walked a square block to repeat the process. That hill was a good climb and I'm extremely grateful for some songs that pushed me to keep going when I was ready to quit.

While on the run I realized a lot of things about myself and I had a lot of time to really clear my head. You can about imagine my surprise when I looked down and saw that I had not only crushed my 3 mile goal but I was actually at almost double that mark at like 6ish miles.

Notice the picture above the second photo shows someone wrote in the cement "You R Slow" at that point, I was around mile 6ish and stopped because it was too funny not to capture. I mean seriously, I'm the only one who finds these comical signs while out running and I was thinking to myself that I was working my butt off earning the miles I'd already ran so your little humorous ways of telling me I was slow was actually just a way to push me harder to get out there and roll.

The last picture still cracks me up because it shows in about mile 8ish how I felt like quitting but then suddenly Eminem jumped on Pandora and 8 Mile literally helped me get through mile 8 to finish out my run. 

I figured at that point I may as well keep pushing, there was no reason to stop so I finished up another 3ish miles to run a grand total of 9.03 miles. I was extremely surprised and proud of myself for this run. It hasn't happened in a long time that I've felt pride over something I'd done so I knew that this was quite the run.

After my run and cool down walk I ended up stopping by Casey's to grab a Gatorade (blue of course) and the cashier dude told me him and the other employee's watched me run by several times earlier. I guess they were all totally impressed with my continuous effort and me pushing myself so hard. After chatting with him for a few minutes I learned he was an ex-Marine and he said he remembers those tough runs. After I told him I just finished up about nine miles I swear he was wanting to ask if he could join last time but said I did great and next time he'd offer a water while I ran by. Kind young man. So kind.

I feel like sometimes things beyond my control help to push my running journey ever harder. Like my set-backs actually give me a reason to get out and crush a solid distance run. 

The more upset and emotional I get, the better my runs turn out. 

Ironic? Possibly. But it works!

So sometimes, when you least expect it. A happy run will just magically appear and you'll be inspired by what your body can do if you stop focusing on the stats and just go. Yes the pace looks horrible and I'm ok with that. I had to start somewhere and I had to just get out there. For pushing nine miles I'm ok with the first warm-up walk, the in between splits walk and the cool down walk killing my pace time. 

On another totally unrelated sidenote, does anyone have a great belt they love to use while running? I realize that with the temps getting hotter and the runs getting longer it's time to invest in some type of water bottle belt. I'd love to find something that can hold a phone too since I'm kinda over the armband thing but would love to hear what you use!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

((ColorFoam5k Giveaway))

It's time to get back into my monthly race entry routine. I miss running a race each month and re-capping it. To me, I love seeing stats, and part of seeing stats includes seeing how many races I've ran. I really want to start making a yearly "Race Yearbook" to print and add to my collection of vacation books and my other yearbooks I make. I saw the cutest idea over at Meals & Miles where she did something similar and now I'm determined to start doing the same.

Books and miles per month are my main motivation so it's time to start adding races back into my schedule. I know my half marathons require a lot of training but it's time to add those 5k's back in to help focus my game on my sprints too.

So I was THRILLED when I was contact by the newest and coolest race series, ColorFoam5k. They asked if I'd be willing to come run their race as well as give away a pair of tickets for a blog follower to come run it as well. Of course I giddily agreed and now here I am. Getting ready to write a post inviting all of YOU to come run and party with me as well as enter to win a free set of tickets!

You can choose to run, walk or dance through clouds of endless colored foam while having fun with friends and running a 5k race all in one. Make sure to wear white and prepare to get blasted with liquid color.

The best part, there will be an after party. Yes, my favorite thing after a 5k race is a solid after party filled with even more fun for those who aren't runners but still want to feel like they're cool enough to party hard with us!

Join me and the rest of the runners at Mahoney State Park on June sixth at 9 am. But you MUST be prepared to have fun and run through mounds of foam along the way... 

Another cool thing I love about this race is that they're giving back to our community. ColorFoam5k has teamed up with UNL Dance Marathon, to give back a portion of the proceeds to Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Omaha. For more info about UNL Dance Marathon go to http://dm.unl.edu/

So what are you waiting for?! Join in and enter to win! Follow the instructions below in Rafflecopter to be entered. I will draw for the winner on May 23rd so make sure to share with friends :)

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Monday, May 11, 2015

---Half Mary Training 2015 Round #2---

Well, with about ten weeks until my second half marathon for 2015 coming up I suppose it's time to start focusing on training again. I gave myself a week to rest after my last race and I've done a lot of thinking since then about how I plan to attack this next race.

This time around I'm training for the Her Tern Half Marathon held in Anchorage Alaska this July. Quite a ways from home right? Yes, I'm traveling 3,348 miles and I will be racing in a totally different territory with different terrain and weather than what I'm used to but I am so ready for the change!!

I'm heading up there for my cousin's wedding and to go explore Alaska while we're there for a week but I also wanted to work on knocking out part of my Project #RUN50 while I was there. Throw it all together and I come up with the crazy idea that I'm going to run a half marathon on the morning of my cousin's wedding!

Looking at the course I think it'll be to my advantage that the course is nearly at sea level the entire time. I'm normally running around 1200 ft above sea level so when I get there and the highest elevation is around 300 ft above sea level I think that'll help me. Strategically, it's a bonus for me. Mentally, I'm not going to focus on banking on it to help make the course easier for me.

So, here goes training for yet another fun filled journey of pain, emotions and fun. 

I'm learning to love my running more this year. It's something I knew I'd evolve and get back into. Sometimes winter just kicks me harder in some years than others.

My training will combine both sprints, longer distance and I'm hoping to throw in some type of resistance type workouts this time around. I typically like to follow workout plans I've found via Pinterest of my running apps on my phone but I think this time I'm just going to go with the flow and make it up as the weeks come. I realize this isn't ideal but my weekly schedule changes and being self employed I find myself working some weird hours sometimes.

Wish me luck and stick around, I hope to keep you updated on future training runs here soon!

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