Thursday, October 20, 2011

This is it...

Tonight we ran our final training run before our half marathon. Our three mile run took us around our neighborhood as it started to get dark. We clocked in at 30:30, which is 10:10 pace.

I was also able to try out my shirt for the Fall Foliage Half Marathon, since it arrived today in the mail!


Love it!

I ordered this shirt over a month ago, hoping that I would be able to wear it this Sunday. I wore it tonight to make sure that it would feel alright and it was great! I'm so glad that this girl ran a marathon and raised money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.


The nice letter sent with my shirt

Hopefully wearing this shirt will give me some running luck!

When we started running six months ago, on April 12th, I didn't even know if I would be able to run for a minute at a time. I remember walking around work and feeling like my knees were going to fall off of my body. I told my officemate that if I didn't figure out how to run the right way that I was probably going to have to stop, before I even truly got started.

I worked on it, even though it hasn't always been easy, and we are now three days out from our first half marathon. Can you believe it? I really can't, not yet anyway.

How have I gone from being the girl who thought that running for eight minutes at a time was a big feat (it was at the time) to someone who can run for 1:41.19 at a time and is hungry for more?

How have I gone from not even being able to finish a 5K without stopping to walk unless Mike was right there with me to being able to run 10 miles all by myself and finish strong and happy?


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I walked during this race



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I walked during this one, too


However it happened, I'm glad that it did. I'm glad that we started running 6 months ago and that we are going to accomplish something on Sunday that not everyone can say that they have. Whatever happens, I know that I am going to be proud when I cross the finish line because I will be a half marathoner!

Obviously, my goal is just to run the entire 13.1 miles without stopping or walking, but some time goals wouldn't hurt either. After my run on Saturday, I know that I can hold a decent pace for quite a long distance. The elevation map for the half marathon is a little bit more hilly than the Run for Hospice, but I am not going to let that deter me. I am going to kick those hills' butts!

Hey hills, I'm not scared of you!

Using the McMillan Running Calculator I put my ten mile time in to determine my potential half marathon time.


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I should be able to do a 2:14.33 half marathon based on my time from Saturday's race. Since the course is a little bit hillier than the 10 miler, it is more realistic to say that my A Goal should be 2:15.59, a 10:23 pace.

My B Goal is 2:20.59, a 10:46 pace. My C Goal is 2:25.59, a 11:09 pace. I would still be happy with anything 2:29.59 and below. I do not want to go above 2:30!

This weekend we are boarding Bernie, our dog, and leaving tomorrow for Mike's parents house. (Mike's mom is running in the half too!) Their house is only an hour and a half away from Rhinebeck so we won't have to wake up too early for the race on Sunday. We are going to pick up our race packets on Saturday and stop by a nearby lighthouse. I'm hoping that I will be able to do some pre-race posts this weekend, but if not I will definitely get you all caught up on Monday!

I want to wish Rena, Ali and Katy good luck at their races this weekend! Rena is running in what looks like a "hell" of a good 5K, Ali is running in her second marathon, an international one at that, and Katy is running in a rock 'n' roll half marathon!

Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend!

2 comments:

  1. Aww. Thanks for wishing me luck.

    Good luck on your race! And great attitude about the hills. I know you can kick the hills' butts. Good luck to Mike too!

    I can't wait to hear how it went.

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  2. Hi ... Found you via Sweat Once a Day.

    I love the half-marathon distance ... good luck on your first one tomorrow. One step at a time ... because you can!

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