Keep Going…Just Keep Going

I have noticed in just a short amount of time that my runs are getting easier again. But, I know that there will be things that will make it harder to keep up with my training. Grad school has started up again and that sucks up a lot of time. (But graduation comes in May!!!!!!) And the weather is still, well, winter. And, it’s not out of ordinary to walk in and find several piles of cat barf on the treadmill. (Thanks, Buddy….) But, I am determined to keep this going.

It’s time to start registering for spring/summer races.

What races are your favorites?

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A few months ago, my treadmill died…..and then grad school happened……and then the weather turned colder. All of these added up to me completely stopping my training. *sigh* So, after some important conversations and a visit to a local gym, we made the decision to buy a second (and much higher quality) treadmill. Important reason #1: this one is covered by a warranty for several years so if the motor dies on it, it can be fixed. Important reason #2: although a gym membership is enticing, any gym that we go to would be required to have child care on site because I would have to bring the girls. Important reason #3: the convenience factor of having a treadmill in our house so I don’t have to go outside (in weather) is pretty high.

So, here’s my new friend. I’m looking forward to working with her so that I can keep up with my training. Goal? I want to be able to register for any 5K or 10K that I want to without having to worry about whether or not I’ll be ready. And…..I am planning on doing the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2018. Run Disney, here I come!

Plus, it gives me a chance to catch up on my Netflix.....

Plus, it gives me a chance to catch up on my Netflix…..

Run Walk Run Walk Run Walk

My training has been a bit nuts this summer. We’ve been on two separate week long vacations and those threw my training off. (Although I did go to the gym one morning while we were at Disney.) Luckily, I was able to get most of my training done before the summer really got going so I’m kind of repeating a lot of what I’ve already done so that I’m ready for my first half-marathon….in just a little over a week! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!

I know that I can do it. Well, at least, I know that I can finish it. I don’t know what my time is going to look like. But it feels kinda crazy to think that just  a year ago I was getting ready to do my first 5K. And now, here I am….at a point that I never would’ve imagined….where I’ve completed several 5Ks, one 4 miler, two 10Ks,  and now…..now something with the word “marathon” attached to it.

Realistically, I’m as ready as I’m going to be….last Saturday I did 10 1/2 miles – my longest to date- and tomorrow I have one more long run …..but, please, do me a favor….think warm fuzzy thoughts on September 4th….. 🙂

 

I did it!

It’s official. I’m a runner. I finished my first 10K! It was an amazing weekend filled with great food (it was at Disney after all.)

701947_10207920985363374_537805546160713003_oAnd lots of excitement…..

12764826_10207926827829432_8953796135603940764_oThere were times when I did doubt myself but I kept going and I ran faster than I expected to.

12747429_10207926829829482_3887288367225104056_oThis was my first Disney race but as soon as I saw that 5 mile marker I was already hooked. It had been a great experience up through that point. There were characters at every mile and that was fun to see. I didn’t actually stop, though, until after the 5 mile mark because I knew that once I made it that far, I was almost done.

My official time: 1:30:35  Not bad for my first 10K.

883611_10207926831029512_1268316121561734432_oAs soon as that medal was around my neck, I started planning my next Disney run. Unfortunately, they are crazy expensive so it’ll be awhile before I can do another one. But, I’ll definitely be back for another run. In the meantime, this week, I started training for a half marathon.

Run. Run. Run.

So, my training has continued and I am so close to my goal of running my first 10K. There have been a couple moments during my training that have been slightly emotional for me. For example, when I had worn out my first pair of running shoes. Or, when I ran my first 5K. But, this week I experienced a moment that had my eyes watering.

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This is what my treadmill said at the end of my run last night. I am fairly certain that I will never be an “elite” runner but this is pretty darn “elite” for me.

I know that the actual race weekend will probably be a bit emotional for me, too.

As a reminder, I’m fundraising for Special Olympics for this race. If you want to donate, you can donate directly on my fundraising site here.

 

 

My New Best Friend

So, my lovely readers, you already know that I am training for a 10K. You can check out my fundraising page here. Well, the 10K is in Florida. Which is great because it’s in February and a February 10K would only be doable (for me) if it was somewhere warm. The downside? I don’t live in Florida.

I was very concerned about how I would keep up with my training. One of the first cold-ish days in October, I went for a morning run. Let me just say, it was awful. Just awful. I’m guessing that once I’ve done more training, my lungs be a bit more prepared for…um…October. But I needed to continue my training without it being, well, awful.

So, here’s my new best running friend. Yep. A treadmill. It’s definitely not a fancy one but it does the job that it needs to do. And it folds up so it’s out of the way. It was also a lot cheaper than trying to get a gym membership.

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Once spring has returned, I can get back into running outside. But for now, it’s nice to be able to keep up with my training without setting a foot outside. 🙂

Just keep running. Just keep running.

When I was toward the end of my pregnancy with baby girl, I somehow got it in my head that I wanted to train for a 5K. For someone who has never run, who has never enjoyed running, who has never liked exercise…..this surprised…well…me. People who have been friends with me for a long time will recall that I would announce that “the only reason to run is if you are being chased.”

It seemed a bit daunting but I felt that a 5K was probably doable. Not too strenuous and I wouldn’t have to spend hours running.

Soon after I got it in my head that I wanted to run a 5K, I started to think that someday it might be fun to run a race at Disney World. I guess that I figured that adding the fun of Disney might make me enjoy the running, or at least not dislike the running. I shared that thought with Ryan. He agreed that it would be a good plan. My birthday present was an iPod and a card on which he wrote “if you run, we’ll fly” meaning that if I did the running, we would fly to Florida so I could do a Disney race.

*flash forward a year*

I did not get as much running/training done during baby girl’s first year. That first year of baby stuff is a tough one. Juggling baby girl, big girl, teaching, AND grad school classes meant that I had absolutely no time. But this summer, that changed.  I started doing a 5K training app and eventually I graduated from the 5K training and began the 10K. I still kind of have a hard time believing that I’ve been able to do this. I’ve noticed a difference in my energy level. I had noticed a difference in how my clothes were fitting…..until the holiday candies/foods started appearing in my kitchen. And, I’m doing all of this while raising money for Special Olympics. I’m actually looking forward to running. (Well….not every morning….some mornings I am definitely not looking forward to running. Especially now that the colder weather has appeared.)

I’m proud. I’m proud that I’m doing this. I’m proud that I’ve stuck to it. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for myself. I’m proud that I’ve been able to do this for my girls. And, I’m proud that I can do this for the athletes in Special Olympics.

If you would like to donate to my fundraising (any little bit helps!!), please click here. The link brings you to my fundraising page. I would also love to hear from anyone with stories about their training. How has it gone for you? What has been the hardest part? What has been the most amazing part?