Sunday, April 27, 2014

Manassas Runway 10k

Manassas Runway 10K

Today was my first solo race and a 10k at that! My wonderful husband came out to support me which was AWESOME! It was a little chilly and the wind was absolutely miserable. I was also a little nervous to be running alone BUT I threw in my headphones and focused on the race. I was actually more concerned about getting lost than finishing the race which might have motivated me to start out at such an awesome pace {personal record 8:44 min/mile}. 

I set a PR today and ran faster today than I did for the 8k in March and December! I don't have official times yet but MMR says 1:02 so I'll take that! Funny story, lots of people doing the 10k actually decided to do the 5k instead after they had started the race. Now the times need to be sorted out so they are taking a little longer than normal! The wind was miserable and I laughed out loud at the email from the race director explaining the delay with times! I also felt really proud that other runners QUIT and most days I don't even consider myself a "real runner."

Wearing a hot pink running shirt and tutu makes it easy to be spotted! I was one of the only tutu wearing runners and got lots of compliments and comments! 

The airplane might have been holding me up (immediately post race). Although I missed having a running buddy I had an awesome run and loved having my husband there! Maybe that had something to do with my PR!

OR these colorful sparkly races might have put some speed in my step! Now my goal is to keep the training going full speed ahead :)! I might be getting a little addicted to running.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

March & April

Most of March slipped away from me.  Actually, I collected a lot of motivation from Facebook running pages and Pinterest although it took awhile for it to kick in :). I also found lots of cute shirts on Etsy, necklaces and charms & car decals.  I might have been trying to bribe myself to run. I bought cute new spring/summer running gear and found a whole bunch of running plans. BUT I did not run once between March and mid April!

I could list the excuses why I didn't run beginning with the weather (snow and ridiculously cold temps in March), followed by my knee and then coming down with bronchitis that stuck in my chest FOREVER. When it did finally start to warm up my allergies went crazy and my inhaler became my best friend. I also kept reminding myself that I DON'T even like to run! I had 101 reasons NOT to run....

Before I could blink it was days {literally} before my April race! You can't run a 10k without SOME training I told myself so I laced up my shoes and started running! THIS week I became Runner Girl. I ran MORE this week than in the entire year! The week leading up to the race I ran 15.16 miles! I may have also started to fall in love with running. I knew it would eventually happen. Ok, so I am not in LOVE with running yet but I've come a long way.