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The Day I Didn't Walk....

When I was out in the pre-race party and looked at this {the finish line} I had NO idea that I was going to RUN the entire 13.1 miles and cross this finish line with the most amazing accomplishment of my journey so far…the accomplishment of running the ENTIRE RACE!!

I didn’t do it alone… I didn’t really prepare for it properly…but I DID IT and I want to share about it …

If you want to read about you can do so after the jump…

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2 years ago, I decided to start running.

January 26th, 2012 on DailyMile.com - 

2.63km / 30 minutes / 18:21 pace

“First day of c25k and it went alright. I’m not going to give up this time.”

I started running while studying abroad because I wanted to run The Color Run with some friends when I returned to the states. I had hit a weight-loss plateau and I needed some variety to my workouts. I never would have believed you if you told me I would become addicted. 

For months, I was slower than turtles going through peanut butter. I couldn’t maintain an average pace, and had to keep walking. I pretty much hated every second of it, but I stuck to it, and eventually I started to see progress in my time and distance. 

I ran mostly walked my first 5k on May 28th, 2012. 

I again mostly walked The Color Run on July 15th, 2012 (The race and reason I decided to start running). 

A few races later… and I finally ran an entire 5k during the Monster Dash on October 27th, 2012. It wasn’t until this race that I finally started to really enjoy running. It took 9 months of sticking to it before I felt that it was all worth it. 

2012 ended with 7 races under my belt and almost 200 miles. 2013 started with the most frigid race ever on New Year’s Day. The Polar Dash began with a temp of -7 degrees. Needless to say, my legs didn’t know how to function by this point. 

Then I ran my first 10k on April 20th, 2013 and it was brutally hard because it was also my first trail race. And it was freezing because I still lived in Minnesota. 

Before I knew it (literally), I decided to run my first half marathon roughly 6 weeks earlier than planned. Boston happened and all I wanted to do was run. All I could think of during my 8 and 10 mile training runs, was that I was doing this for them. On May 5th, 2013… I became a half marathoner. 

And then I did it again at The Rock ‘n’ Sole half marathon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This race was supposed to be my first half, but clearly when I get an idea in my head, I stick to it. Just do it, I suppose. 

June 15th, 2013.

Two days later, I started training for my first FULL marathon. 18 weeks of crazy insane miles, lots of sweating (especially since I was training during prime summertime), and a TON of eating.

Training for a marathon is a good idea because then you can eat all the pizza you want and not gain weight <– My motto. October 20th, 2013 was a brutal day. It was by far the most challenging thing I have ever done, but yet I want to do it again.

My last BIG race of 2013 was the RnR Las Vegas half marathon with Team Challenge. I raised over $3,300 for those suffering with Crohn’s and Colitis and I met some amazing people. This experience and race were both life-changing. 

So there you have it. 2 years, 23 races, and 1004 miles later and you have a pretty large glimpse into my past two years of falling in love with running. Sure, there are days that I hate it, but then there are those moments when you’re just “one” with the run. Your feet hit the pavement, your breathing is on key, and your heart pumps with every step. I haven’t been running much lately, but I will get back to it. I have lots of big things planned for 2014 and I can’t wait to get registered for some races and start training again. 

RnR LV Training - 11/13/2013

Woke up extra early this morning to get some miles in since I didn’t run last night.

The weather looked like this:

So, I dressed like this:

Not very ninja-like with the orange top. Also, tired eyes.

And the run looked like this:

Liking the negative splits. The balaclava was getting a bit warm near the end, but once I took it off after the run, my ears started getting pretty cold. So, I guess it was a good thing I wore it.

4 more days until Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas!

Vegas Planning

Route planning for an early Saturday morning run in Vegas. 2.5 miles from the hotel to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and 2.5 miles back. Definitely would want to do this before the Strip gets packed with people starting their day (or just ending their night).

Saturday evening will be spent with Team Challenge, but I’m not too sure what else to do on Saturday morning and afternoon, besides go to the expo.

Sunday morning, Lorelie and I are planning on going to a buffet for breakfast. A buffet the day of an evening race, you say? Why, yes. I’ll just have to maintain self-control and not stuff myself.

Leading up to this weekend, the high temperatures in Las Vegas are in the 70s. Why must the coldest day there be the day of the race (even though it’s probably a good thing)??

Also, In-N-Out Burger is half of a mile from the Strip. Sooooo, I think I found where I’m going for dinner tomorrow night.

back on track soon
  • Still feeling not 100% well from my cold this past week but will do my best to have a TERRIFIC time in Vegas running the RNR Half Las Vegas.
  • no running since Thanksgiving :-(
  • weigh-in’s on and off with current weight of 146.5
  • back on track Monday with new workouts from Jillian Michaels this time
  • and better eating

Well that’s about it…gotta get ready for VEGAS! First time with hubby so it should be fun!!