… And I’m ready to run another one!
I have to say, a year ago watching the runners throughout the course and seeing them hobble around afterwards, I thought, “No thank you!” I never saw myself running more than 3-4 miles at a time. Even that was a struggle, not because I was out of shape (I was a little), but because I’m too dang lazy. I would much prefer sitting on my couch watching marathons of my favorite TV shows than training for a marathon. Who’s with me?
However, things changed when my incredible boyfriend ran his 3rd half marathon in 2013. That is the moment I decided to step up my game and train for what became this year’s race, aka my first half marathon. Before this epiphany, I had only ran a couple 5Ks since the days of high school soccer. #lackingexperience
The training program didn’t get going full throttle until February of this year when we bit the bullet and signed on for a gym membership. It’s a little difficult to run in -20 degree weather, don’t you think?
I have to admit, I saw those brave soles out there running on snow, ice and in miserable conditions. Props to you guys, making me feel like a wimp!
The first month was the absolute worst part about training. It became much easier when the routine was a habit. Before we knew it, it was April. Three months into training and running on a treadmill… it was time to get outside!
We’re so lucky to live in America’s Best Outside City and have access to hundreds of trails and routes right outside our front door! I noticed that hills are bound to happen no matter where you are in Duluth, so I devised this theory to prep for Grandma’s 2014:
When you know the race course has little to no hills, train with hills. It’ll strengthen and prepare the legs for hills, making the course with no hills a breeze!
Overall, training went better than expected, but not good enough. We were scheduled to run 6 days each week and that turned into 3-4. They say you should do some yoga, biking, and other sports… that also did not happen.
However, if I were to guess how much I would have put into training a year ago, this was by far more than that. My first thought when my legs start to give is “okay, let’s walk.” Did I ever walk during my training runs? NOPE! And I’m proud of it! The pushing the limits, running til’ your numb, “get after it” momentum got me this beauty.
What was the best part about the race?
How undeniably easy it was. I swear the first five miles felt like 15 minutes. They just flew by. Then we got into town with the crowds of people cheering us on and sometimes bringing entertainment to the course, like beer bongs. Plus, the weather was absolutely perfect. 45 degrees and cloudy with a very slight breeze to our backs. Oh, and the feeling I had once I crossed the finish line. That was exhilarating.
What was the worst part about the race?
After the race was over, when your sweat dries up and you can’t get warm enough. During the run, I may have pulled a muscle, but that doesn’t compare to being cold. In the end it was all worth it. And the free beer was pretty good, too.
We also had some fun with the #GrandmasSelfie #Verizon contest during #Gmas14. I never had so much fun taking so many selfies. Here’s one of my favorites as we were cheering on my boyfriend’s parents and the other 5K runners.
A Fitbit is on the line. Still waiting for them to announce the winners this week. My fingers are crossed! I’ve been wanting a Fitbit for a long while now.
At the end of the day, I was ready to sign up for another one. However, I’ve been warned to wait a few weeks to make any big decisions. I guess this is what they call the runner’s high. It’s fun. You should try it.
I have three short runs in July that I’m stoked about. First one up is a Fire Cracker 5K to kick off the long holiday weekend. Next up is the MLB All-Star Color Run. (We’re collecting donations to charity, so feel free to support out team!) Lastly, in July we’re going to try out the Park Point 5-Miler in Duluth. All will be a blast and will help me stay focused and motivated on running.
Up next: Great Lakes Marathon Series