Training Is Almost Done! 

So my half marathon is this weekend! I can’t believe it’s almost here. It seems just yesterday I decided to take the leap and push myself to the max. Since my last post about my training I have been getting a lot of questions about how training is going and if I am improving. Here is my latest update.

So training has been hard. There has been days where I feel like I can’t do it. There are days where I am pumped and there has been days where I skip training all together. It’s just the way it is.

As many of you know I have been doing crossfit three days out of the week. It has been a lot of fun a really challenging. I have met a lot of cool people who have the same goals as me and they do a real great job of keeping me motivated. I was told by the owner that with doing crossfit and half marathon training I would see a huge improvement in my overall time. I did not believe him at all.

One thing that happened during my training was I got so crazy allergies. It caused me to not be able to run for two weeks. As I was starting to feel better I resumed my training I could not run long distance. I would get tired or feel as if I could not breathe. It made my confidence very low. I was getting worried if I could finish this half marathon or not.

I decided that I needed to do a practice run. So Sunday I decided to run 11 miles. I told my wife to be by her phone just in case I needed her to come get me. I made a real good start. Miles 1 thru 3 were easy. Then a crazy thing happened around mile 5. I was actually getting faster per minute. My pace was getting better and I was running a minute faster per mile. When I finished to mile 11 my total time was 1:42:36. I even beat my 10k and 5k records!

 

My confidence is back and I am ready to head to Oak Island. I have one more run that is tomorrow. It’s a 5 mile jog and I am excited to get it out of the way. I feel this could be my best run yet!

  

 

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Half Marathon Training Has Started!

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So I only have a little over four months till my next race so I have begun training like crazy.

If you remember last year I decided to run my first race ever which was a 5k in Oak Island. I worked my butt off by following a training plan. I would come home from work and run around the neighborhood before dinner. When the race came I ended up coming 3rd in my age division. I was so pleased. Hard work paid off in a big way. My second 5k race I came in 5th. So 2014 was a great race season but now I am ready to take it further.

I ran 13.1 miles back in September just to see if I could do it and I did. I ran it in 2:30:00. It’s not bad but there is definitely room for improvement. So I bought a treadmill for my garage to train during the cold months.

So far training is going wonderful. It’s nice to be back in the habit of running. Also I get to catch up on some of my favorite Netflix shows while I run.

Wish me luck as I complete this next milestone in my running career. Here we go!

A Long 10 Miles…

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Today I spent the greater portion of my morning doing what relaxes me…running.

I have been spending the last three Sundays trying to do long runs. I wanted to really push myself and see how much could my body take.

I still have not made my mind up if I want to run a 10k or just skip it altogether and go for the half marathon. I know I can do it but I just want to be able to say I have completed everything.

The first run I ran 7.62 miles. The second I ran 8 miles. Today I pushed myself and ran 10 miles.

The first couple of miles were easy. It was when I got to mile 7 that I started to feel it in my legs and hips. By the time I reached 10 I was done but still had to walk home. It was a big accomplishment and the longest run I have do to date. Next Sunday I am going for the whole 13.

Wish me luck!