Oct 122012
 
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Three months of training have finally come to an end and Steve and I are now less than 24 hours from our first half-marathon. While I know I’ve done (most of) the training, I can’t say that I feel completely prepared to run 13.1 miles. We’ve been a bit schedule-challenged the past 2-3 weeks, so I’m nervous about having missed a few of our shorter training runs. However, I’m finally at peace with the idea that I wouldn’t be doing it in the first place if it wasn’t a challenge and, one way or another, I am determined to finish. The training process has taught me a lot about myself as a runner, so, before we pick up our race packets and stock up on gels and energy jelly beans for the big day tomorrow, I wanted to share my five big ones for making it through (hopefully) unscathed. Continue reading »

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Oct 082012
 
Sad Runner

Having run quite a large number of races at this point, I knew it was only a matter of time before one of them was going to be pretty awful. The last race I ran gave me a PR, but the instant I finished I felt as if it was a waste of time and I was ready to go home. So what was it? Why didn’t I have any fun? I realized it was the demeanor of the folks putting on the race; they really did not seem to care. There were only cookies and fruit at the end (for a dinnertime race), the guy supposed to be handing out waters at the halfway point was just sitting on top of the cooler (what?! we have to pour our own water while racing?!), and there were no awards, not even for the first place finishers (and it was chip-timed? Why?). To add to insult, the race cost $35 (for a 5K!) and that was the “no-tshirt” option! Personally, I feel as if a race is not only about pushing your body to its limits, but getting the chance to socialize and enjoy the company of other runners and running-minded people. So, after a little research, I’m going to share a few ways to not end up running in (and not wasting money on) a poorly put together race. Continue reading »

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Run Fast to Get Faster

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Jul 102012
 
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“I’m not a real runner, I’m way too slow.” Does that sound familiar?  For the first few months after I’d taken up running, I was convinced that my 2-3 mile jaunts at a ten to twelve minute a mile pace were way too snail-like to lump me in to the category of runners who were “real”.

As if, somehow, being able run seven or eight minute miles elevated runners to an elite echelon that I just wasn’t a party to, despite my blisters, sore muscles, and marathon aspirations. Continue reading »

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Photo Finish

 Posted by on December 9, 2011  1 Response »
Dec 092011
 

Just received an email the other day reminding me that “Time is running out to order race photos!” from the organizers of a 10k race that we did at the end of October. It prompted me to jot down a few quick thoughts about my first experience with race photos and share them with you.

Initially, when we signed up for this race, I was very excited to find out that a professional photographer would photograph Steven and I several times during the race. My head was filled with visions of getting back photos of us looking happy, athletic, determined, etc., etc., as we made our way through the 6.2 mile course. However awesome I was expecting (or hoping) to look, the real photos tell a much different (and much sweatier) story. The following meme (courtesy of my fellow pinners at Pinterest) is a fairly accurate depiction of the actual results:

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