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Never Run a Race Without Training For It!

I’m back from my vacation in DC! Our vacation was awesome and will be going into more detail later this week. I immediately got back on Saturday, and had to wake up Sunday morning for a corporate marathon relay. This was for the Dallas Marathon.

I woke up late. I set my alarms for Saturday instead of Sunday. So, I actually woke up at 7:20 am. The race started at 8:05 am. Good thing I had the last leg (6 miles)!

I rushed to downtown Dallas. I parked my car at a DART station (metro) and took the DART to downtown. Saved myself some parking money and parked next to a Kroger, so I grabbed some breakfast!

I went to the wrong place. So, I went to the central place for runners (the Dallas Convention Center), where they told me I needed to go to the American Airlines Center ( 2 miles away) to catch the relay buses. So I ran there, and couldn’t find the buses. I was approximately 13 miles away from where I needed to be for my exchange.

I hitchhiked. Yes, I did. I saw some high school runners who had apparently quit the race, and I asked for a ride. One of the girl’s dad was picking her up and kindly asked him if he could give me a ride to my exchange point. He was so nice!!!! He said yes, and spend the next 30 minutes driving me to where I needed to be. He said I was a fellow runner, so anything for a fellow runner. Nicest highland park lawyer dad I have ever met. Thank god!

I lost my bib. Yes, I lost my bib. Pretty sure I left it in the dad’s car. I borrowed my partner’s bib when we exchanged at the relay point.

I did not train for the race. So, I initially signed up so I would force myself to start training again. Didn’t happen. The first two miles were brutal, I could barely breathe. The next two miles were terrible, my hips were breaking down. The last two miles were excruciating, I could barely run. This is coming from a person who could easily run 6 miles before. Sigh beh…need to start training again. I work out every day but I need to run more so I can get my endurance up!!!

Conclusion? Never plan a race after a vacation, and don’t run a race without training for it!

 

April Fitness Goals

I’m an avid runner. I started running when I was in 7th grade and continued competing until  11th grade. After junior year of high school, I burned myself out. Running was no longer fun. It had become too much about improving my time and beating other girls in my team. I was even recruited to join the cross country team at my university, but I turned it down. I decided to take break for a couple years from competitive running. I only worked out at the gym and attended fitness classes.

Until last Spring, when I found my running buddy. She and I trained in 100 degree weather during the summer, and ran The Hottest Half in August. I made it under 2hr27min. I’m going to run another half marathon in six weeks. So far, I have lost 7 of the 12 pounds, I set out to lose. I have five more to go, and I am in ultra training mode this month. My meals consist of: yogurt for breakfast, sandwich for lunch, protein bar for a snack, and some type of dinner. I am also cross training five days a week. My sessions consist of running, elliptical, HILT training, swimming, pilates, and cardio kickboxing.

Running on the road helps me deal with anxiety and stress. It has been a great way to escape from the real world. It also helps with my health! If you want to avoid illnesses or decrease your doctor’s bills, I definitely recommend working out regularly.I’m having a lot of fun and staying healthy!

My goal for this half marathon is to run a better time! As close to 2h as possible :)

Are you working out to stay healthy? Is there anything your training for? 

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