Saturday, November 30, 2013

Women's Running Series Half Marathon

So you might recall last year that I rocked the Women's Half Marathon in St Pete, FL. You might even remember that I PRed and almost killed myself doing it. This year went a little differently. First of all, my training this season has been ROUGH. I haven't felt well since August. I've been tired and my energy level has been painfully low. My longest run this season had been 8 miles and that was a rough day. So I wasn't expecting miracles from this race. I had 2 goals-1. not die & 2. finish. Reasonable, no?

Good morning! Geared up and ready to go!

Saw this on the sidewalk on my Starbucks run at 6 am. It literally translates into "for more information"…interpret as you'd like

Amy and I at the start

Amy was kind enough to stick with me through the first 9.5 miles. We started out nice and slow, even hitting a bathroom stop around 3 miles. I walked a few extra times, but things were going well. We hit another bathroom break around 8 miles and a quick spray of the SalonPas. At 9.5 I knew I needed to take it easy. I was getting dangerously tired, so I walked. Amy took off and I did the best I could to keep a decent walking pace. When 10.5 hit, I started running 1 and 1s with a few 3s thrown in for good measure. I managed to finish and not want to off myself…win! The time? Not great. In fact, it's my slowest half marathon time. But, I'm happy I was able to finish under these circumstances.

It was windy. Cut me some slack on the hair. :)
Celebratory bubbly
She's done.
As always, this race will be both a motivator and a source of stress for me. It was the first race I ran after my heart attack and I'm pretty hard on myself. When will I learn that doing the best I can is enough? Probably never. Until then it is a work in progress.

Got my charm for this year & added it to the necklace

Monday, November 11, 2013

Minor Setback

It's been a couple of months, let me tell you. I have been super tired again. It's been hard to run, workout, go out at night and get up in the morning. Basically I've been drained. I haven't even blogged! Really, anything besides the absolute bare necessities has been impossible. The last couple of weeks I've forced myself to run but it hasn't been fast or decent distances.

Now, the average person might say, 'hey, just relax and get some rest.' That sounds fantastic but the reality is I have 2…not one…but 2 half marathons at the end of November. First I have Women's Running Series Half Marathon in St Pete on November 24th and then the weekend after is the Space Coast Half Marathon. Frankly my goal is just to finish both without passing out. A few months ago I would've loved to crush my St Pete time from last year. Now I will settle for finishing. I also signed up for the Best Damn Race in March. I'm hoping to get this fatigue taken care of and set that halfie on fire.

So here is the quickie recap of what's been happening...

Chicago weekend (I was sick AND tired!)
Max was a minion for Hallween

Amy and I volunteered for the Disney Wine & Dine Half
Doc ordered 24 hours on this lovely heart monitor. No showering, no running…fantastic