I have been enjoying writing this blog so much so far. It has been a great way for me to get out my thoughts, and simply reflect on my life. But honestly, the best part has been how people have responded to some of my posts or contacted me. It makes this whole experience so fulfilling to know that others understand and it motivates me to keep going with this delightful new hobby!
The direction of the blog still seems pretty unclear to me. I enjoy writing about what is on my mind, some daily eats, favorite products, people in my life, memories, and fitness. I am sorry if it seems all over the place, I am trying to get it into a more organized plan 🙂
Okay back to this post!
RA work last night was quite an interesting experience! A few write-ups of note, a guy pulled an EXIT sign down on the 4th floor and made all of the lights go out in the building…this led to the alarms going off and emergency maintenance had to come asap! All was resolved, for the most part, the guy that pulled the sign down ran away and doesn’t live in the building so we couldn’t catch em! Grrr… Other worthy mentions, a girl fight right outside the office I sit in! Everything was resolved though 🙂
As I talk about often, running is one of my favorite forms of fitness and I keep myself motivated in the sport by singing up for different road races around the area. I have completed a number of 5ks, a few 10ks and 4 and 5 mile distances. Last year however, I took a major step in my running by singing up for a half-marathon, Boston’s Run To Remember! Although I was running cross country last year, I had never completed a run longer than 9 miles, but I believed I could do it.
I didn’t follow a specific plan, but continued doing some workouts with the track team, a long run on Saturdays (9-11 miles) and strength work during the week. This plan seemed to work for me because as much as I enjoy the sport, I do not like running more than two days in a row. I feel sluggish on the third day and usually am not into it.
On May 30th, I woke up at 5 am and drove with my lovely mother to the Seaport Hotel, where the race began. On my way I hate greek yogurt and a banana, but realize now how much more I should have eaten before this long race. My mom tolerated me as I became nervous and bossy when I thought we were going to get lost..we didnt though and made it with plenty of time to spare!
I had picked up my race packet the day before so that saved a lot of stress and time the morning of the race. The race was starting at 7:30 but it was already 75 degrees out and climbing. It was supposed to be a hot one that day, ah well can’t do anything about the weather bu embrace it 🙂 And I did just that, I realized I was going to be sweating bullets so needed to hydrate throughout the race. The course was relatively flat, with a few small inclines every so often, but truly nothing of concern.
It was a slow start while people spread out, but I met got up to pace around the second mile. Right from the beginning though, I felt so energized and simply awesome! . I completed this half-marathon, a distance I had never officially practiced. I finished with a time of 1:40, and let me tell you, I was so surprised!
This year on May 29th, I am participating in Boston’s Run To Remember again, and this year have a goal to PR! Last year it was to finish, now I am going into the race with a goal and determination. I am training in a similar way, with doing longer runs on the weekend, a day or two of speedwork, and cross/strength training. We shall see how it goes!
After this race, I truly feel I am ready to tackle a full marathon! I will develop a plan for this, which includes proper nutrition. No skipping out on foods during MARATHON training! So I have to get my head in the right place first 🙂
*Is anyone else looking forward to an upcoming race? Or one you completed that made you proud?