Monday, July 17, 2017

Holy Hot Hills ~ Queen Bee Training Day 1

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.
Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoorImage may contain: 4 people, people smiling, people standing, outdoor and nature
Image may contain: 14 people, people smiling, people standing and outdoorImage may contain: 10 people, people smiling, people standing, sky, outdoor and nature
Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, outdoorImage may contain: one or more people, outdoor and nature

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.
Day 1:

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.
TMI maybe?
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.

Related image

 photo signature_zps875a1fd2.jpg


  1. Woman, you are a beast! Congratulations on becoming a Spartan and starting the Half training! You kick so much ass and are a huge inspiration to me!

    1. Thanks so much Des! I appreciate that so much :)