race training

La Tortura (pre-race)

One of these days, I’ll really buckle down and actually train for my races. Like, full on follow the schedule and eat right and not stress and have a cig or two the week before the big day. I’ll follow the plan all the way through the end and not stop training the last month like I always do. This would all be true if most half marathons were’t right in the middle of the fall semester.  Life, you guys.

So last year I ran my half in a total of 3:20:55. That’s a 15:20 pace. Less than ideal. I had the best running buddy who cheered me on and wouldn’t let me quit even after a dude racing dressed as a friggin’ dinosaur passed us. This year, I’m running alone. I’m half scared that I’m going to let my brain talk me into quitting halfway through and half excited to see how far I can push myself.

I stopped training altogether about a month ago. I’ve tried to get a run in here and there since then, but haven’t been able to run anything farther than a 5k due to time constraints. I stopped doing leg day because I didn’t want to risk being sore these last few days. But I have a plan. I’m going to do run/walk splits at 8/2 intervals all the way through. I think I can manage that the whole 13 miles without burning out and still make better time than last year. We’ll see how it goes. The race has a live app that lets people follow your progress and cheer you on, so I’ll be posting a link with my info because I know I’ll need all the cheers I can get.

My head’s already fucking with me and I’m thinking “it’s okay if you don’t go. you already paid anyway, so it’s not like you’d be wasting the money because it’s already done. you don’t need to do this to yourself. you can just walk all the way. enjoy the race!” But then I’m also like “nah, I have a damn 13.1 sticker on my truck. I can’t not run this. I’d be a total fake. a poser. no frickin’ way. you are doing this.” So I’m doing it. Y’all pray I don’t die, please <3.

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cough, cough, cough, get away from me

Everyone in my house is sick right now.  Monika has a cough that won’t quit.  Ellexa has a horrible ear infection.  My husband managed to catch that too.  Elliah has really bad allergies.  Caleb and I see to be the only normal ones right now, but living with four sick people and not getting sick yourself is nearly impossible.  I feel my ears tingly and my throat scratchy,  I’ve been drinking emergen-c and taking vitamins like crazy.  Drinking a ton of water.  And yet.

I have my first half marathon to run on Sunday. I.cannot.get.sick. Fk.  I hate this.

And then to top all this shit off, I went for a short, easy run yesterday and now my left knee hurts all the way up to my thigh. @(*&*^%&#(%$^)*@&

I’ve been eating like crap because I’m so busy all the damn time so I’m too tired to cook so takeout always seems like the easiest option, but it makes me feel so gross and sick.

I need a reset.  I need a vacation.  I need a getaway.

Sunday. Run. Monday. Rest. Cannot. Wait.

 

Friday thoughts on a Wednesday

Why is that the people with the most annoying voices talk the loudest?

Why is it that the people with the most hateful thoughts have the most to say?

Why is it not Friday yet?!

We have a short week due to Charro Days so tomorrow we get to leave at 1 and then we’re off on Friday so I’m dreaming of not having to be up early, but I’ll have to keep dreaming because I need to take a trip to McAllen Friday morning which means I’ll have to wake up early anyway, but at least it won’t be to work, so there’s that.  So YAY! Friday!

Saturday is the Charro Days 5K which I have been looking forward to and training for for weeks now.  Super pumped about that!

I need to find a new goal/race/motivator to look forward to once this is over so I can keep up with my fitness achievements.

I emailed Caleb’s teachers this morning to see how he has been doing in class (we’ve hit a few road bumps lately) and got nothing but awesome comments back.  Super happy about that!

This week has been a good one.  I think part of it has to do with getting so much negativity out of my system and venting about stuff that had been bugging me for awhile.  I know I say that posting here and running are my therapy, but sometimes you just need to verbally let it all out and that release is so.damn.freeing.

So there.   Happy Wednesday, people!  I hope the rest of today flies by *fingers  crossed*

 

 

Morning sanity.

I say this all the time, but I think it bares worth repeating: working out is good for my body, great for my heart, and amazing for my mental health.

It took everything in me to get out of bed at 5:30 this morning.  I kept telling myself that I’d just run at night.  Then I gave I myself a good talking to and reminded myself that M has her first game back today (!!!) I have laundry to do, and also need to run to Walmart for essentials so it can’t be put off.  That got my butt up outta bed.

30 minutes and 3.2 miles later and here I sit, a sweaty puddle mess, but as happy as can be.

With as much as we’ve got going on lately and as much as is going on at school, I need those 30 minutes of silence and clarity in the morning.  With M back in soccer and Caleb playing in 2 leagues, my afternoons have returned to their possession.  This moves cleaning and other stuff to late late evenings/nights and weekends and there goes my sanity.

So yeah, early morning workouts it is.  Plus it’ll help me prepare for race day (next Saturday!!!) since that’ll be in the morning too.  So excited!!!

 

 

 

Friday Wrap-Up

So I dropped my 10k training program in favor of a 5k one.  I got all the way through Day 19, but my knee started hurting and I’m paranoid about over-training and getting injured, so that’s that.  Plus it’s not like I’m going to actually be running a 10k anytime soon, so other than proving to myself that I could, there wasn’t a point to it.

I signed up for the Charro Days Classic 5K on February 27th so I’ll be training for that instead and then taking a few days to recoup and then training again and running another one in April.

I am a little bummed because I really have a half marathon in mind as an end-goal and part of me is like “how can you ever do that if you didn’t even stick with 6 miles,” but it *will* happen.  I  have my eye set on the South Padre Marathon in November.  Hopefully that’s enough time to get my ass inn gear and learn how to strength train at home.

 

This week has tired me out like you wouldn’t believe.  My husband showed me a picture he took of me out cold on the couch earlier this week.  I look dead.  Literally.

Needless to say, I’m looking forward unwinding over dinner with my fellow teacher friends as we don’t discuss students or testing or strategies AT ALL.  Haha, who am I kidding, that’ll probably be a main topic of conversation.  Life of a teacher, gotta love it.

Have a great weekend!

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Metaphors & OOTW

I bought a domain on google and now I have no idea what to do with it.  Any help/advice is certainly appreciated.

So this happened yesterday and it was monumental in my fitness journey as I have a) never exercised non-stop for over 40 minutes and b) never walked/jogged/ran 5 consecutive miles.  I mean, I probably have never done that in my life, but I don’t want to hyperbolize.

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When I started training for a 10K I did it more because I need structure and the Nike Fuel app gave me a daily distance, workout, and built in rest days.  If I didn’t have a plan for what to do each day, I’d just do the same thing everyday until I burned out and quit a week in.  So I figured it would at least help me stay active and I’d cut back on days when I had long runs because no way I could run anything past 3.5 miles.  Well.  I’ve proven myself wrong.  Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to die yesterday.  I was near tears after mile 4.  But I pushed myself and I was so damn excited/proud/high when I was done.

I think that’s a great metaphor for other things going on in my life right now.

Things may get uncomfortable, and some days I may just want to throw in the towel and deal with the consequences rather than put in the work and effort, but the reward for sticking with it and seeing it through is so much greater.

So that’s that.

Here’s the OOTW for last week.  I got an awesome new top from Glam Tops, but have yet to take a decent picture of me in it.  Hopefully it’ll make it’s debut next week if I have time to do my hurr.

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So there you have it.  I’m off to get ready to take my girls to the zoo since the weather is gorgeous!  Have a great Sunday, y’all!