I Hate Running. So of course I signed up for a Half Marathon!

I hate running. I’ve said it before on here and I’ve said it to my friends a million times. My runner friends get it and completely agree. My non-runner friends don’t quite understand.

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I was chatting with my sister who like for me is a runner and who, also like me, hates running sometimes and just wants to sit a run out every now and then! I keep telling myself that NYCM training has already started and yet… I find myself giving myself an excuse to not go workout more often than not.  In fact, I woke up the other day telling myself I didn’t want to get burned out on running so early into my training so I’m going to switch my focus to strength training and getting my legs strong for the next month. Well, that was the plan…

Then after I had THIS exact conversation my sister, I signed up for 2 runs! 1 is a short one.-3.5 miles. My work (I work w/ Police) is doing a Special Olympics Torch Run. I ran it last year with some coworkers and it was really fun. We all took turns running in the front of the pack holding the torch and then for the last mile the Special Olympians joined us and ran back to the Police Station. They were all so cute and fun. 1 little man took off like a bullet! Even the fastest officer could barely keep up with him. Then we all hung out and had a big BBQ in the courtyard. It was a real special run and I’m so excited to do it again this year!

And then I found out I got a vacation day off in June I requested but didn’t think I’d actually get the time. So since I did, I guess I better run a half! I signed up for the Wildfire Half Marathon in Pinetop. Only SIX weeks away! I don’t think I’ve ever had such a short window for training (and let’s be super honest. I haven’t been running at tip top shape lately) so I have absolutely no excuses now! Beast mode time!!

PLUS I already have 2 other races already on the books! Pat’s run that’s kinda a big deal around these parts. The race is crowded! but only 4.2 miles. And then the Hope 10K on April 30th.  That’s about a marathon worth of miles right there!

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NYCM is 7 Months Away!

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Whoa that month went by quick! I knew when I got into the marathon that even though I had 8 months till the big day, time was going to fly by and I had no time to slack off.

But then I kind of slacked off… It’s been an interesting month full of ups and downs and I learned a lot about health and life.

In terms of vacation plans, I already spoke to my aunt and I’m all set to stay with them for the weekend. I have a hotel in the city for just a couple nights. I have my plane ticket and my ticket for an actual BROADWAY SHOW! Guys, I’m beyond excited! I picked Dear Evan Hansen (I tried to justify spending the $$ for Hamilton but… nope I couldn’t go it.)

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I have all my workouts planned, now it’s just a matter of following through with them. And getting my eating back on track. I’ve been on vacation and even thought I stayed in town, I’ve had plenty of dinners out and really enjoying my time off. I always forget to take pictures but I did have a truly amazing dinner at Nobou at Teeter House in downtown Phoenix that was so indulgent and so worth it. But I did try and balance out my vacation with some outdoor activities and exercise.

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But I’m back in the swing of things at work and back at the comfort of a routine.

I have lots of goals! I’ve been running but it’s been a lot of easy runs and junk miles. I haven’t been pushing myself nearly enough and time if ticking away!

> I definitely want to work on my speed and get faster overall

> I want to get back into weights and strength training x2 a week

> I want to cross train x1 a week. Mostly yoga but cycling at least x1 a month

> I want to drop about 15 lbs before the marathon

7 months to go!!! I’m so so so excited for this race and I want to do it proud! 

If I Ran the Zoo… or Through it

I ran the Zoo 5K on Saturday!

After I found out I got into the NYCM, I wanted to run a 5K and just kind of see where I’m starting at. I’m not a total beginner, but I’m pretty close. So I signed up for the first 5K I could, the Phx Zoo which sounded like a fun race so I signed up last week!

I worked another 12 hour shift Friday night, got off at 6 AM and ran over to QT to down an energy drink. The race was set to start at 8 AM but that’s my usual bedtime so I was tired. But it was a beautiful day, great weather and I just wanted to do a nice 3  mile tempo run.

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I did zero research about the course when I signed up for this thing! There were only a few hundred runners out this morning and a lot of people seemed like this was a) their first 5K b) they had no intention of running and it was more of a leisurely walk through the desert. I’m always happy to see runners and racers and wanted to support them but this course was narrow! It was only about 4 feet wide in a lot of places so when the gun went off we bottle necked through the start line and it was very slow going till we finally got a little more spaced out.

That’s where the nice tempo run I had planned turned into a HILL run. There were a TON of short but steep hills all throughout the course. I think I ran up 100 hills. I mean look at this beast:

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With all these up and down spurts and general welcome back to activity, I started to get a side stitch so I just focused on my breath. Breathe in for 3 steps, breathe out of 2. Over and over and over. 1 2 3 4 5. It helped!

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Doesn’t even do it justice!
I was a tiny bit happy because I need to train hills since NYCM is notoriously uphill with all the bridges but that’s a whole different kind of hill. But it is nice to know I can come back to this path on some future non crowded day for another hill training run. When I’ll be more prepared.

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I still was hoping for a neg split but I forgot to turn my tracker off once I passed the finish line. So between that and the slow slow slow start, my numbers are definitely skewed.

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After the race, we all got free entry into the zoo. I really wanted to go but it was coming up on 9am and I had to work Saturday night. So instead I ran over to Genuine Fresche and grabbed a pitaya smoothie. It totally hit the spot!

 

 

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I Ran Into a TREE. Literally.

I went to the gym! It’s been too long since I’ve actually lifted a weight and it felt really good to get back at it.

I had unexpected errands to run before work yesterday that took the allotted time I had planned for a gym session but (miracle of all miracles) I got out of work 2 hours early so I ran over to the gym and did a quick kettlebell leg workout.

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Gotta do what you gotta do, right?

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Then I came home to this friggin cutie. His dog bed is literally 1 foot to the right of this. Spoiled little monster.

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Then this afternoon, I went on quite the eventful run. I work nights so ‘my mornings’ are really midday and I didn’t start out till 3pm. It was already 85 degrees and I was feeling it. It was hot! I have marathon training alllll through the summer and then  I’m going to fly to NYC in November; I’m quite worried about the temp change. I don’t know how I’m going to combat the heat and still get in 20 mile runs. I guess I’m gonna have to make fast friends with the treadmill.

So I start out already sweaty and pass a homeless man who told me I had good form! Ha hey thanks man. He even noticed that I didn’t “toe out.” What can I say? I try!

So I keep going and look down at  weird thing with my shoulder and BAM. I literally ran FACE FIRST into a tree.

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Guys, I ran INTO A TREE. Day 3 of NYCM training and I run into a tree… it’s gonna be a long summer.

 

 

 

 

Getting That Love of Running Feeling Back

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When I applied for my first marathon back in 2011, the St. George Marathon, even though there is a lottery, all Washington county residents were guaranteed acceptance, so I didn’t have a thing to worry about. In 2015, now a Maricopa county resident, I put in for the lottery and won! When they had the drawing for 2016, I put in and won! (But unfortunately couldn’t do the race that year after all.) My mom can’t get over how lucky I am. But getting into the NYC Marathon? I cannot honestly believe I made it.

J'aime voyager à New York parce-que ma famille habite à New York. Il y a beaucoup de faire.:

This racing season has not been an easy one for me. Lots of sickness and an injury and all around self doubt. I’ve been bored on my long runs with no motivation to stick it out or work harder. I’ve been in a major slump that has been growing exponentially with every bad (or missed) race.

But now? I’m so excited and motivated to hit the pavement again! I want to do well in NYC and I’m more than willing to do all the work that it takes to cross the NYCM finish line strong and proud.

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It’s such a great feeling to regain that love of running. To have a goal that I’m excited and have that fire in my butt again. I don’t want to lose focus this marathon training cycle so I’m going to do whatever it takes to keep this fire burning. There are a lot of places I can go so I’m not running the same old path every long run. I’m making a list now of all the trails in the valley- especially ones with hills since NYCM is a notoriously hilly/hard course. New music/books/podcasts saved special for runs. Sprints and fartlek and interval training runs. And maybe even through in some rewards for hard runs 🙂

There’s so much to do! Not only in regular old marathon training but in vacation planning and logistics of it all. There’s plenty of time to figure everything out but I cannot wait to get out there!!!

 

I’M GOING TO NEW YORK!!!!

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I’m running the NYC MARATHON!!!

 

Holy freaking cow, I’m shaking. All of my life, really, all of my life I’ve wanted to go to New York. I’ve wanted to BE in New York and running the New York City Marathon? I  mean it’s iconic. And I’m gonna run it! It’s absolutely insane!!

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These past few years, I’ve settled into half marathons. They’re long enough that I feel accomplished and short enough that I can walk the next day. I honestly didn’t think I was going to do a full again. They’re hard. I didn’t have the motivation to run for 4 hours on the weekend. To push myself to that breaking point. To train that hard & give up that much. Nah, I’ll stick to half marathons thankyouverymuch. 

BUT then I got the bug. When I saw that registration (or the lottery) was open for this years NYC marathon, I started to get excited for it. I talked to a friend that ran it in 2014 and she said it was her fav race and totally worth it. So I put in half hoping to get selected, half hoping I wouldn’t!

I started to get excited to run again. That excited feeling I got back in 2011 when I was training for my first marathon. The kind of excited that makes getting up literally in the middle of the night and running for hours all worth it. The kind of excited that will push me 26.2 freaking miles.

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It’s gonna be hard. The course is not easy. It’ll be crowded. It’ll be expensive but damn it, I am so so so excited!!!

 

 

How I Started Running

Have I ever shared this story before? Every now and then people will ask me how I got into marathon running. I wasn’t a very athletic child. In fact in my teens & early 20’s I was overweight. But one day I started thinking about everything I wanted to do before I died and the idea of running a marathon came into my head. I don’t think I had even ran  over 1 mile at that point. But I thought, “how cool would it be able to say you finished a marathon.” So I wrote it down.

I lived in Saint George, UT and the marathon is pretty big there. I talked myself out of signing up that year but when I went to the finish line as a spectator, I had an overwhelming desire to be on the other side of that barricade. I wanted to be running in it- not just watching! So the very next year, I signed up!

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I could not run a mile non stop at that point. I started out by going to the college track and running 3 legs and walking 1 of them. I did that over and over until I could run a whole lap. Then I work up to say 3 laps running/ 1 lap walking. Then run 4 whole laps- 1 mile.

I must’ve run a million laps of that darn track. But I trained and got in the miles and would be out on the trail for 4 hours if that’s how long it took to go 18 miles. And on October 1st, 2011 I finished my first marathon. I still maintain it was one of the BEST days of my life!! I’m not the fastest or strongest or skinniest or whateverest but I’m damn proud that I did that race. And every race since.

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