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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!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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After our most recent run… this morning!! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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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… ย 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ย again my legs and body will be excited!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Today was a running day that tested me, I got up at 4:30 am ready to meet the roomie to run like we normally do and then she comes over and says she doesn’t feel good. This is the real test for me.. do I still run at 5 am by myself or go back to bed and wait for another day to run together? I ended up running and it felt super empowering to know that I had the willpower to go when it’s dark out even though I was on my own! Guess what, it turned out great. I felt great, I had no side aches, I wasn’t out of breath, and I ran 4 miles that felt like nothing.. could’ve gone further. I am so happy that we started getting up to run, there is something so simple about the world when it is quiet and dark. Don’t get me wrong.. if a car slowed down too much or there was someone in the road I got a little freaked out and the heart rate would spike.. but I lived!

We are almost 6 weeks into training for the half marathon, I have been running longer than that but as far as sticking to a training schedule it has been a little over 5 weeks. Last Sunday for our long run we did 7 miles, I don’t know if it was a mental thing or what but I gotta tell you, that was a very hard run for me. It was the first time I had ever run that far and it was a different route than we normally take but man, that first mile, I thought I was going to fall over. And after the run was over… dead. My legs, my body, if I would’ve let myself I could’ve gone back to bed for another couple hours. Normally after runs I am really awake and ready for the day, I don’t even need my coffee! (Till 2 in the afternoon of course) Either way, we are doing an 8 mile race in a little over two weeks, I am a little nervous for it! Wish me luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Above is proof that we have been working our butts off.. besides one little Friday run we missed. We had just gotten a new #Peloton stationary bike and burned ourselves out that week! Pulled this training schedule fromย this website that has info on training for a half. Great website, check it out.. I modified the training to fit our schedule but it really helps having something to look at.

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I’ve never been much of a runner and always thought I was pretty crappy at it. This time, in order to get better, I thought I would start a running journal to help me keep track of my progress. I write down the date, time of the run, how far I ran, what I ate before the run and what I ate the night before. I also note if I had cramps and I use a smiley face system to note how I felt during the run. (I know, that part is kind of corny but whatever, it helps me) So anyways, today was the first day that I got to write how great I felt during my run, I had zero cramps and I could’ve ran a couple more miles! Hopefully keeping this journal will help me in knowing what to eat the night before and the day of running for my optimal running potential.

I also wrote in the last blog that we had been getting up early once a week to run and how hard it is to get up at 4:30 am. It is still pretty tough don’t get me wrong, but, we have gotten up early three times this week and so far I feel pretty great! I also started listening to an audio book called the miracle morning, which is supposed to help you become a morning person and explain how waking up early can make all aspects of your life better. I am not too far into the book yet but so far it seems to make sense. And I gotta say.. I do love this extra time in the morning to do whatever I want.. like write a blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I also had time to make an actual breakfast! ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

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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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Before I moved to Hawaii I had been running/working out quite a bit to get in shape. Don’t judge me, I thought I was going to be in a swimsuit 24/7, turns out, I have to go to work to pay for our place and groceries… so that doesn’t happen.

Anyways, I hadn’t been running for awhile due to the heat here this past summer but I have recently taken it up again. When I first got back into it it was HARD work, I mean, just getting up to one mile without stopping took me at least a month. My roommate and friend who has done races before started running with me and giving me pointers, which has helped a lot. I’ve even gotten to the point where I am researching constantly and listening to podcasts about running.

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Walking back from a run around Waimea Bay

I’m excited to report that we have signed up for a half marathon at the end of May! And to get ready we also signed up for a race that is 8 miles in the middle of February. I’m more excited to report that for the first time during a run I was able to hold a conversation without being completely winded and I felt great. The run was about 3 miles, and I didn’t start feeling amazing till the last half mile but I would say thats a good start! Cheers to sticking to a training schedule, we aren’t messing around!

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