I decided that I needed a purpose to write or I simply couldn't write.
Life hasn't been all that exciting, minus the SPARTAN race I did last Saturday.
I decided at the beginning of the year that this was MY year to conquer my fears.
To do and try things I once never thought I could.
To start really living.
To live with purpose.
To be intentional.
To be happy.
To smile and truly mean it.
So I conquered the SPARTAN...
And now I feel that it is FINALLY time to conquer something I have been talking about doing for over five years.
My first Half Marathon.
So I figured that I might as well document this experience.
How rewarding it will be to see where I started, and finally where I end.
So here we are.
Of course today started out crazy.
My youngest isn't feeling the greatest, so instead of getting my early morning run in, I was taking care of her and running us to the doctor.
The key here is to not let things that don't go as planned deter us.
Today is a hot one.
It could have been a lot worse, but I wish it would have been better.
I may, or may not, have tried talking myself out of even running the entire way there.
Honestly my goal today was just to finish the 3 miles and allow myself some grace.
I will be completely honest that I probably wasn't as hydrated as I should have been.
Especially for a race smack dab in the middle of the day.
We live and we learn.
This will definitely be a learning experience for me.
I honestly didn't drink enough because I am infamous for having to pee during my runs.
Having kids will do that to you and I know my body and I have to be conscious of this.
The last mile was iffy but I ended up making it through without too many issues.
This is why I like to run early.
You also don't realize how hilly a surface is until you run on it.
My sister-n-law's neighborhood seemed pretty flat until today :)
Mile 1: Stopped once up a hill. Watch said I was going around a 12 minute pace. Smiling.
Mile 2: I am thirsty, my side hurts, why am I doing this again?
Mile 3: You are almost done! You've got this! Don't quit now!
Being fast has never been my strong suit. I honestly don't have a goal time in mind. I really just want to finish.
Here is my Nike Running Stats for the first 3 miles of this crazy journey I am about to take you on:
Not too bad considering I was scorching and dehydrated.
I don't think my water bottle could have been anymore accurate for today's run.
Tomorrow is an option day which means I can either run or cross-train on the program I am following. Honestly I may do a little of both for at least a half hour.