As of yesterday I have 6 weeks left before my second ever half-marathon.
Last year around this time I was running 4-5 days a week.
I am what you call a weekend warrior. Running during the week just doesn’t work for me. I teach 6-8 fitness classes a week. In order to keep my energy levels high for my classes, I fore-go running during the week day.
We will see what that does to my Half-marathon goal time. It is an interesting test, that’s for sure!
Today’s run was Brutal.
Straight. Up. Awful.
Last weeks 7 miler felt like a cake walk. Today’s 8 I knew was going to be ROUGH before I had even hit 1/4 mile.
But, I set my mind to it. I wasn’t taking walking as my answer. So what that I hurt? So what that I was already winded? So what that it was cold? So what that my pace was slow as molasses? So what?
You set a goal. You do it. No excuses.
Let me take you through my little joggy-jog.
Mile 1 was rough. Just straight brutal. Worst mile time I have had in probably over a year.
Mile 1.1– stepped into the grass to tuck my Under Armour shirt in. How annoying when it starts riding up. UGH! Thought maybe the 30 second rest would rejuvenate me.
Mile 2 wasn’t much better. And I got passed.
I wanted to think “bastards“.
I made myself think “motivation to keep up”.
Mile 3- Construction zone. Please no cops. I sure don’t need a ticket for trespassing during this stupid run. COME ON, Omaha. Let’s get this Pacific street bridge finished already. There is a whole other stretch of the trail that I want to see!
Mile 3.2– Back through the construction zone thanks to missing sidewalks. Guess they actually meant it when they placed those signs saying ‘No Access’
Mile 4– Ok, feeling good. Legs are looser. Feeling a little warm. Removing gloves and putting in pocket. Met this friendly lady who smiled and said something to me. Music is loud my friend, no idea what you just said to me, so I just smile and wave.
Mile 4.5 – WIND! COLD WIND! Hands are freezing. Reach for gloves.
DANGIT! Lost one.
I wonder if that’s what the lady was telling me….
Turn around and head back looking for lost glove.
Mile 5– Found my glove!
Mile 5.5– CRAMPS. OH THE CRAMPS!
Mile 6– Deep breaths, stretch the torso. Seriously cramps… you need to make a swift exit, stat.
Mile 6.5– Thank the Lord, no more cramps.
Mile 7– Ya, I can do one more mile! NO problem. I’ve GOT THIS!
Mile 7.5– That was the worst idea EVER!
Mile 8– I see my Jeep! Oh thank heavens! IT’S OVER!
I love my Jeep, I love my Jeep, I Love my Jeep.
NO, do not sit!
So, as you can tell… I had many times where I could have just thrown in the towel. But, I didn’t. I stuck to it and finished. My split times were the highest they’ve been in a long time, but that’s ok. It wasn’t a race today. I knew it wasn’t going to be a PR kind of day from the get-go, so throwing my goal pace out the window was necessary.
I finished. That was the goal.
So, set your goals for the day and achieve them, friends.
Then come back here and tell me alllll about it!
Dang good work girl. I’m sometimes my worst enemy during a run. You will rock this half- good luck!
Thanks much! It’ll be here soon enough. 🙂 Hoping next weeks long run goes MUCH better than yesterday’s!
You’re a rock star! I’m going to check out some new trails for my long runs I have coming up. Might be asking for your input!
Considering your starting location, I highly recommend Big Papio Trail going south ( if you go North you get cut off thanks to bridge work at Pacific). Going south you can then connect to Keystone. Here is a link to a great map of the area trails. 🙂 Hopefully going north on the Big Papio will be an option again soon. http://www.unmc.edu/cfhl/docs/OmahaTrails05.pdf
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