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My first half marathon was a little over 3 weeks ago now and I am still super proud of myself for getting through it. Now comes the tough part though… my bestie and I are signed up for another half marathon at the end of May (Memorial day weekend). After a half marathon you would think that I would want to sit on my butt for a month straight but that couldn’t happen. We did take some rest days but because we have another half coming up we needed to start training again! I have already mentioned that I had quite the struggle towards the end of the 13 miles for the first one.. my knees didn’t want to work and I sort of wanted to throw up. Well, trying to run again after that wasn’t super pretty!

I tried to take it slow, I did one mile on the treadmill two different days the week after the half just to keep my legs moving and used to the “running motion.” Then that next Sunday (which is our long run day) we tried to do 7 miles..(I think). Oh man, my knees were feeling it, my lungs were feeling it… it seriously felt like I hadn’t run in months!! What gives??? Apparently that half marathon did more to my body than I thought it did!

Anyways, now that we are over 3 weeks out we are finally getting back to our normal running schedule! Three times a week, usually in the mornings and long runs on Sunday to make a grand total of 4 running days a week. (It’s also starting to feel normal again) Hopefully my next half goes a little better than my first half!!! Also… the bestie is trying to talk me into another one in November… help me!!!!! 🙂

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After our most recent run… this morning!! 🙂 

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I did it.. I ran my first half marathon.. open the champagne bottles!!! Just kidding, all I wanted after that half marathon was lots of cold water! If you have seen my last couple blogs they were counting down to this one crazy day where I would run 13.1 miles with my bestie. “Doing something I’ve never done”at its finest. Anyways, if my bestie were to write a blog about her experience it might sound way different from mine, but here is how I felt. Our half started at 6 am so we woke up around 4:30 to get our stuff ready and put some fuel in our bellies.

Not gonna lie, I was super nervous and anxious for this race.. full disclosure.. about 4 bathroom visits before we left! Sorry for the over share but if you really want to know how my first half felt.. that was part of it. So I had half of a bagel, almost, I could barely finish my half because I was so nervous. I had a few sips of coffee as well as some water.. READY! So we headed off to the race which was luckily only about 2 miles from our house. A friend of mine loaned me her parking spot in Waikiki because parking down there is ridiculous! So there we were, waiting with thousands of people for the start of this race.. 20 min to go.

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And we were off.. started out a little slow because as you can see there were a lot of people to navigate around. Starting out felt great, it felt like any other Sunday when we were doing our long runs, we had even run this road before so that was nothing new. Had some water at our first water station around 3 miles and I was still feeling good. Even around miles 5-8 I was somehow still doing okay and felt like this was completely possible! However, I do remember looking at my fitbit a little over an hour in and I was like “wow, we still have an hour and a half of running left.. holy crap!”

Okay so around mile 9 is when we had to run around diamond head which is a pretty decent hill. After already running at least 8 miles hills did not sound like fun, but there we were, running up a hill. Keep in mind my main goal for this half marathon was to not walk…  this made it a little tough! So we made it to the top and the water station was out of water.. you have got to be kidding me! To top that off there was another little hill around the corner (in my head I was praying the finish line was VERY close). As we kept going we ran into another water station THANKFULLY they had water and gatorade so I took both. I think this is partly where I went wrong because I had never had gatorade before during or after a run and it upset my stomach a little. It might also be because I was so thirsty I chugged a little bit! Oops.

So this is when I hit my wall.. not even kidding, we were running the very last mile and it was downhill and I was feeling so dead and tired. My legs didn’t want to move anymore, my stomach hurt, I actually felt like I was going to throw up for a few minutes there. Somehow I pulled through and kept running, it probably helped that I was running with my friend and she was doing fine so she got ahead of me a little bit. I knew I couldn’t stop or walk so I kept my legs moving and made it to the finish line. I didn’t throw up and I am still alive!!! 🙂

Before this half we had already signed up for another one so guess what.. May 29th I have to run 13.1 miles all over again. I haven’t yet decided if I am excited for it or not.. since I just ran this one yesterday I need a few days to recover. Hopefully once I get back out and running  again my legs and body will be excited!! 🙂

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So.. lately I have had the urge to get another tattoo.. those of you that have tattoos will understand. I have 3 small tattoos currently, nothing crazy, but once you have one you want more and more. Anyways, I am thinking of getting something to celebrate the fact that I am running a half marathon in 4 days.. (4 days… AHHHH). I’ve also been looking at inspiring quotes because.. why not.. I like to be inspired. I was looking through my pinterest pages because I pin quotes and tattoos I want (LOVE pinterest) and I came across this picture I posted awhile ago.

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Seems crazy to me that a little under a year ago this was true, I couldn’t even run a mile without stopping or running out of breath. Look at me now, I’m not super speedy but two weeks ago I ran around 11 miles without stopping! It’s crazy to think how empowering this running thing is, we really can do anything we set our minds to. This made me look back into the quote idea for a tattoo and I came across a quote that says “you are stronger than you know.” There are a lot of quotes I love but I keep coming back to this one.. thinking of getting it on my side or smaller on my forearm. What do you think?

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Holy crap guys.. My first half marathon is only two weeks away already! This training thing is no joke, and we are still getting up at 4:30 am to run before work. To add to the training I have joined a group that challenges #100daysofexercise where I have zero rest days. But yoga and walking the dogs count as exercise so I haven’t worn myself out just yet. Here is the crazy thing, I find it very hard to go a day without working out now. I feel super lazy if I don’t get in some push ups or a quick spin class.. It’s very weird, and very inspiring all at the same time!!! I never knew how strong I was or how much I could handle until this challenge. I feel like I’m learning a lot about myself! Speaking of learning things about myself, I have made it 11 miles so far without passing out so I feel like this half is totally attainable. I’m still a little terrified but at least I will have my roommate running by my side! 

 

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Let me just start by letting you know that I am not a morning person, I’m not super grumpy or anything but getting out of bed is hard work! The half marathon I am training for starts at 5 am… STARTS at 5:00 am, just in case you didn’t get the start part. Once a week, sometimes two, my roommate and I decided to get up at 4:30/4:45 am to run so we could be out the door by 5. YIKES! If it weren’t for my roommate there is no way I would get up, I would probably hit snooze twice and then shut my alarm off. Knowing that someone else is counting on me to get up and run helps a lot! What they say about running/working out with a partner is all true.. I don’t know that I would be as committed to this if it weren’t for her!

My favorite part about running is that the more I do it the easier it gets and I feel like I can accomplish anything! I am still doing 3 mile runs for the most part but I am stopping less and my time is improving a little bit each week. It is a little frustrating that it is taking me so long to get better at it but maybe that is what pushes me to work harder and keep at it. I also don’t get as many side aches as I used to when running, which helps me go further. My goal for this half is to finish and run 80-90% of the race with minimal walking. Can’t wait!

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