Back-of-the-pack high school cross country runner striving to become a serious 5k and half marathon contender. Training log, inspirational quotes and pictures, yummy healthy things, and overall motivation. *high school XC PR (10/26/09) 28:26 *5k road race PR (6/26/11) 24:43 *5k treadmill PR (8/17/11) 19:59 *5k road race goal 21:30 *5k road race ultimate goal 19something June 2011-Marlene Watt Memorial 2 Mile Race 15:39 *first place woman, second place overall! <3 A Most Excellent Race 5k 24:43 July 2011-Headwaters Adventure Race, Presque Isle 1/2 Marathon 2:04:20, 7.5 Mile Hill Race 1:09:19 Aug 2011- Lake Erie 1/2 Marathon 1:53:43, 1st in age group September 2011- 19th Bday Bucket List 19 miler :)
Birthday 19 miles recap :)
The first half of the run was HARD. The second half of the run was surprisingly easy. Anyway I started out on the treadmill, planning to do the first 8 miles in an hour&#8230;didn&#8217;t happen. I did 1 mile, had zero willpower, and headed outside to do a slow 3 miles on the outdoor track. Went back inside for another treadmill mile, then did 4 (7x around the track for each!) more on the indoor track. Yummayyy. By now I was not happy, because 1. not running on the treadmill meant this was taking way longer than expected and 2. i don&#8217;t run on tracks ever so my outer thighs/hips were killinggg me. Headed outside and did 2 miles around town. Luckily when I hit 11 miles I found my groove :) A friend met me on the outdoor track and brought me water with 8 miles to go (I hadn&#8217;t drank anything all day which probably did NOT help things. After downing her Nalgene I instantly felt better). The last eight freaking miles around the track FLEW by. My splits got faster and faster and one of those last miles was a little over 7:00! Not bad since I&#8217;d just done 16 or 17! Anyway at this point I was hurting physically, but mentally just felt so great and knowing that I COULD DO IT was just an unreal, unbelievable feeling. I remember hitting mile 13.1 and thinking &#8220;I JUST DID A HALF MARATHON!&#8221; and then mile 14 and thinking &#8220;Okay, I&#8217;ve now run further than ever before!&#8221; and after that it seriously felt like 5 minutes and I was done. The only &#8220;wall&#8221; I hit was a bad cramp in my hip area around mile 10, but because of my training I knew that was BS and that I was capable of running 10 miles fairly easily so I pushed through. My friend met me again on the track for my last mile, and I almost cried a little bit when I finished. I NEVER thought I could actually accomplish something like that, and without even walking any of it ahh! Anyway, I guess because of that it was almost a letdown. I was sore but I&#8217;ve been sorer. My muscles weren&#8217;t bad at all, more just that shattering feeling around my knees and ankles the next day. My calves had SUPER painful knots in them on Sunday morning, but were fine by Monday. I hardly even felt like puking after, and never got that huge crash that I&#8217;d gotten after harder long runs and races. It was all just very very anticlimactic. Which, all things considered, IS FINE, and I&#8217;m just happy I did it, and still can&#8217;t believe I actually did, and now want to run a marathon :) Thanks to every single one of you for all your support; during the hard parts (even though the hardest was ironically miles 5-8ish) I thought of you all and couldn&#8217;t deal with the thought of having to get on here and be like &#8220;yeah, jk about the bday goal&#8221; and just kept running :) I have the cutest friends in the world and they bought me a giant thing of Plain Chobani and a bunch of cartons of strawberries and blueberries and raspberries and we made bday fruit-and-yogurt sundaes afterwards :) I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to&#8212;just DO it!!

Birthday 19 miles recap :)

The first half of the run was HARD. The second half of the run was surprisingly easy. Anyway I started out on the treadmill, planning to do the first 8 miles in an hour…didn’t happen. I did 1 mile, had zero willpower, and headed outside to do a slow 3 miles on the outdoor track. Went back inside for another treadmill mile, then did 4 (7x around the track for each!) more on the indoor track. Yummayyy. By now I was not happy, because 1. not running on the treadmill meant this was taking way longer than expected and 2. i don’t run on tracks ever so my outer thighs/hips were killinggg me. Headed outside and did 2 miles around town. Luckily when I hit 11 miles I found my groove :) A friend met me on the outdoor track and brought me water with 8 miles to go (I hadn’t drank anything all day which probably did NOT help things. After downing her Nalgene I instantly felt better). The last eight freaking miles around the track FLEW by. My splits got faster and faster and one of those last miles was a little over 7:00! Not bad since I’d just done 16 or 17! Anyway at this point I was hurting physically, but mentally just felt so great and knowing that I COULD DO IT was just an unreal, unbelievable feeling. I remember hitting mile 13.1 and thinking “I JUST DID A HALF MARATHON!” and then mile 14 and thinking “Okay, I’ve now run further than ever before!” and after that it seriously felt like 5 minutes and I was done. The only “wall” I hit was a bad cramp in my hip area around mile 10, but because of my training I knew that was BS and that I was capable of running 10 miles fairly easily so I pushed through. My friend met me again on the track for my last mile, and I almost cried a little bit when I finished. I NEVER thought I could actually accomplish something like that, and without even walking any of it ahh! Anyway, I guess because of that it was almost a letdown. I was sore but I’ve been sorer. My muscles weren’t bad at all, more just that shattering feeling around my knees and ankles the next day. My calves had SUPER painful knots in them on Sunday morning, but were fine by Monday. I hardly even felt like puking after, and never got that huge crash that I’d gotten after harder long runs and races. It was all just very very anticlimactic. Which, all things considered, IS FINE, and I’m just happy I did it, and still can’t believe I actually did, and now want to run a marathon :) Thanks to every single one of you for all your support; during the hard parts (even though the hardest was ironically miles 5-8ish) I thought of you all and couldn’t deal with the thought of having to get on here and be like “yeah, jk about the bday goal” and just kept running :) I have the cutest friends in the world and they bought me a giant thing of Plain Chobani and a bunch of cartons of strawberries and blueberries and raspberries and we made bday fruit-and-yogurt sundaes afterwards :) I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH. You can do ANYTHING you set your mind to—just DO it!!

  1. before-i--sleep said: amazing :)
  2. runsforredvelvet said: Good job!!
  3. almondsofjoy said: Happy 19th Birthday! You are amazing, congratulations :)
  4. runrunningrunner said: Fantastic job, just amazing!
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