Finally the cast is off and I am back to work! I am going to concentrate on muscle building at the gym this fall/winter and get back to running in the spring. It was sooo hard not running this summer but I am glad to be able to workout again :)
The coach puts you with a partner and you get either a red or green bracelet - you run in opposite directions of a circle and meet half way. At the half way point you switch bracelets and retrace your steps. Directions: No watches or GPS. Run at whatever speed you want, but be consistent with your pace. If you are both consistent you should finish at the exact same time.
So this was a fun idea. Except I ended up getting incredibly lost and ran twice as far as I was supposed to. I never did find my partner…I really need to learn how to read a map :p
In the fall of 2011 I decided I wanted to learn how to run. At this time I was the epitome of “skinny fat.” I looked as though I was fit but in actuality I was super out of shape. I signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon February 26, 2012 because I had a trip planned to go to Florida anyways and thought it would be a fun race to do. I didn’t realize what I was in for. I gave myself 4 months to get into shape. My first run was absolutely horrible. I remember it vividly. I could barely run 45 seconds. It was embarrassing. I mean I was 23 years old. I felt like a middle aged overweight smoker. I couldn’t catch my breath and felt like my lungs were burning. I wanted to give up, to say, “I am not meant to be a runner” but I had already signed up for the race and was raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training so I felt obligated to follow through. I got a 4 month training program and worked my way up to be able to run 10minutes and did all my runs 10:1’s. I followed my program religiously. The day of the race I gave everything I had. I finished in 2:51:44. It was the most mentally and physically exhausting thing I have ever done. It pushed me to the limits of my being. In April 2012 I did my second half marathon. By this time I was more comfortable doing the 10:1’s and knew I could do 21km. I did that race in 2:24. I felt stronger and more confident that I could make progress. I took the summer of 2012 off running due to a shoulder injury and restarted running in the winter of 2013. I did very minimal training as I couldn’t find the motivation. I did my 3rd half marathon on April 28, 2013 and ran the entire thing without stopping. Something I had told myself I would never be able to do. My goal was to finish in under 2:10 and my time was 2:09:57. After that race I felt so proud of myself. That I had set a goal and achieved it. I started to feel more like a legit runner. I am very hopeful for my future in running. I went from not being able to run for a minute without stopping to running for over 2 hours. I know I am not a “fast” runner but that doesn’t matter to me. I’ve realized you can’t compare yourself to other people when it comes to something like running. It is such an individual sport and you really just need to continue to push yourself to be the best you can. So my upcoming goals are as follow
Fall Half Marathon 5:40/km 5k 28:20 10k 45:36 1/2 1:59:33 Full 3:59:06