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Thanks for all of your support and patience with my blog switch! I am really excited about my new name and the new site. Now that I worked out all my design kinks (guess who is now a CSS pro — THIS girl!), I promise you’ll be seeing a lot more content generation.
I have a lot of exciting things coming up, including races and a repeat of last year’s 3-day pre-July 4th juice cleanse! I’m pumped to be doing it again because this time, they include a salad each day, AND three of my coworkers will be doing it too so we will all be
HANGRY healthy together. 😉 #HealthHappensHere #solidarity
But more on that next week!
This week’s story is about how I am a crazy person…
I knew I wanted to run another half marathon the minute I finished my first one:
I decided I wanted to do a race in the fall, and started toying with the idea of running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco.
However, it is super expensive ($180), and super popular (25,000 people run it!). You also get a Tiffany’s necklace at the end, presented to you by firefighters in tuxes.
Apparently, those benefits outweighed the disadvantages…
A little over a week ago, I entered the lottery. Somehow, putting in your credit card information doesn’t feel as bad when you think there’s a pretty good chance you won’t get picked…
OR SO I THOUGHT.
Is it just me or did everyone who register get into the race? So far everyone I’ve talked to got in!
Anyway, that’s neither here nor there…I’m clearly just going off on a tangent to avoid the real issue here…
I have to start training again.
The guy has a point. There is nothing fun about running for 2 hours straight.
Nor is there anything fun about pounding the pavement so often and so hard that you have to ice your knees three times per week.
You’d think I’d learn from the knee and hip pain, the black toenail, the early morning runs…
But that’s not what I’m choosing to remember about my race.
I remember the overwhelming sense of accomplishment afterward, and how strong I felt after finishing mile 13 (above). Followed by a St Patty’s day barbecue, it was seriously one of the best days I’ve had this year.
I’ve decided that my training is going to look a lot different this time around. For my first half, I ran 3 times per week: 3 miles on Tuesdays, 4-5.5 miles on Thursdays, and long runs on Saturdays. Since my race, I have kept up my 8-9 mile runs on Saturdays, but I only run once during the week, and play Ultimate Frisbee one night per week (which, OMG- holy running hell.)
Rather than adding another day of running into my plan, I’m going to continue attending Tabata Bootcamp at my gym at least once a week. I’m thinking about trying a spin class as well, because on September 6th I will be riding in a 30 mile bike race! But more on that later 😉
Stay tuned for an official training plan, but since the race is almost 4 months away, I’m not in a huge hurry to set anything in stone just yet.
I’m looking forward to October 19th being another great day!
What’s your favorite race you’ve ran?
How do you train for races?