Me: “I’m waking up in the morning to do a short run if it’s not raining.”
Kat: “Do the mile run!! I think doing a race could give you confidence and motivation again.”
So I ran the John Anderson College Ave Mile and I did gain motivation and confidence.
There wasn’t a moment prior to the race that I thought about actually running it. I didn’t have my inhaler, I was wearing a short sleeve GOTR shirt and I’ve been battling an injury.
Then Kat told me she didn’t want me to run with her and she wanted me to actually try. I would be lying if I said the mile was easy because I hit half a mile and already was winded and having difficulty breathing without my inhaler. But seeing all of the kids and a group up ahead, I attempted to make my way up to them and try to motivate them along the way and use them for motivation as well. I found a little girl to run the rest of the way with and she outkicked me in the end. It was such a great race to watch after I finished as the Mizzou Cross Country and Track team volunteered their time to run with the little kids. I was glad Kat convinced me to do this race.
I was also extremely shocked with my time. Like I said, after half a mile, I lost my momentum and just started to shut down and run with the kids. I expected a 7:45 finish time because I thought I slowed down a lot.
I crossed the line with 7:00 on the clock and a chip time of 6:54. What?! That’s where the confidence and motivation returned. If I can run a 6:54 mile without my inhaler and messed up tendons in my foot and on cold legs, then just think of what I can do when I’m healthy and trained.
If you are close with me or follow me, you’ll know that this year was spent to training and running half marathons. I have ran 2 so far this year and have 2 left. One is coming up this Saturday but I will most likely be walking a bunch of it because of my tendon issue.
I am being optimistic in thinking I can run the whole Rock N Roll St. Louis Half marathon in October. Then after that is straight 5k training. I’ll dedicate 2015 to 5k’s and will attempt to finally break that 20 minute barrier I never could in undergrad.
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So, I didn’t train for this half marathon at all. I thought I would have a lot more time but my job overwhelmed me and I finally got the hang of when I could fit in my runs toward the very end of my ideal training schedule. I determined that if I want to run, it has to be over lunch break because it’s way too dark before and after work.
I did run a 10k a few weeks prior to the half marathon, just so I knew I could guarantee a 6 mile run. This was my longest run of my training before I did my half marathon. Yes, I’m not joking. I wish I were.
So going through my mind as race weekend approached:
It was really cold on race morning and I dressed in capris, a long sleeve and then my brand new “We are Unstoppable” Boston shirt. I had a hoodie and gloves on, as well as a blanket up until 5 minutes before the race.
As the sun started coming up, I was way overdressed and wished I hadn’t worn a long sleeve. As I watched people shed their layers, I almost thought about grabbing some girls super cute pullover that she threw off. But I didn’t see where it went ha!
Favorite Moments of the race:
Honestly, I fell in love with this race and want to do more Rock N Roll half marathons!
I expected to have a terrible race time, but I was only 1 minute off from my first half marathon and I stopped at every fueling station and did all of the above acts. So I was completely content with running a 1:46:08 considering I didn’t train at all for the half marathon and had a blast!
Here are the half marathons in the series that I would love love love to race in. I definitely would train for them this time, that’s for sure. Just because I know I can break my PR easily!
Close enough to possibly have a chance to race in:
I can’t afford to purchase my race photos because they are extremely expensive, so you’ll have to deal with these beauties and their marks.
8:15, 7:40, 7:56, 7:47, 7:49, 7:47, 7:58, 8:24, 8:34, 8:12, 8:29, 7:40, 8:07, 1:33(.2) can you tell when it got hilly and where I took drink/eating breaks?
So in conclusion, if you ever get a chance to run a Rock N Roll half marathon, TAKE IT!! I know I will!