So I know I said I would be writing about our trip way the hell up north to MN for NYE, but I also mentioned a certain goal I was working toward and kind of left it at that. Am I the only one who gets irritated when people mention stuff and say they'll tell you later, and then never do? Maybe I just have more nosy bones than your average bear in my body, but it drives me fucking bonkers! Even if the news isn't all that ground-breaking, you said you'd bring it back up, so BRING IT BACK UP.
With that, my news isn't super amazeballs or anything, but it's a huge deal for me and I know that putting it out on the blog will only motivate me further, so here goes...
I have officially signed up for my first half marathon!
Right. So I know it's a half, but good Lord, that's about 10 miles further than I had ever run (until last month), and I am pumped/terrified. I know I can do it. I have been training since Thanksgiving, although I will admit to using the term "training" pretty loosely up to this week. I really was just focusing on building my fitness up and figuring out what kind of pace I was really comfortable with.
Comfy pace for CK = REALLY FUCKING SLOW
That's not entirely true, but I am rocking out comfortable 11 minute miles right now when I would really like to be closer to the 9 or 10 minute range, which I can do when running shorter distances, but it's all about finishing for me on this first one. It's about saying I did it. And it's about getting motivated to do more and eventually do a full marathon (I have my eye on the DisneyWorld Marathon in 2013 for my 30th...). I was hooked on 5Ks after running my first one in 2010 and I know that this is just the next step in continuing to build my love for running.
Also, I am hoping to repair some of the damage I've done to this body of mine over the last few years. If you've read a while, you might remember the "Think Thin Thursday" blogs. Those were used to keep me motivated to lose weight for a trip to Mexico and then in 2011 I straight up jumped off and then blew up that wagon. I've GOT to get my body back in the shape it's meant to be in...no more laziness for this chick.
I feel like it's important for me to emphasize that I'm not doing the half JUST to lose weight, though. I really want to knock this accomplishment off my list, and if I lose a few pounds while doing it, that would be awesome.
...I don't know why I felt that was so important to emphasize, but there ya go.
The race is March 3 (The Woodlands Marathon) and I have a few other friends running the full that day, but I am pretty much running the half on my own, which suits me just fine. I have been training alone so I am used to it. Any tips to offer? I am building my milage and tomorrow is my first 5 mile run. My training program takes me up to 10 miles, which kind of freaks me out because HELLO - there are still another 3 to finish (!!), but I did a lot of research before choosing this program. I still know literally nothing about GUs or sport beans or anything like that. My goal is to finish, and if that means I have to crawl my ragged ass across that finish line then damnit, that's what I'll do!