Your Feet Hurt Because You’re Kicking Butt

I remember the first time I saw this race sign I didn’t really get it.

Running has made my hamstrings hurt…my hips hurt…my knees hurt…and even my stomach hurt on occasion. But it never made my feet hurt.

Until I started doing long runs, that is.

I’ve been sticking to Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 training plan to prepare for the Run to Remember half marathon in Boston (11 days…yikes!) Before this, I hadn’t run farther than a 10K. As I started increasing my mileage and doing my long runs, I began to understand this sign.

Yes, my feet are hurting. And yes, I am kicking ass.

Run to Remember

In 2011, I dreamed of running a half marathon.

I’m not sure when this dream started. It might have been when I crossed the finish line of the Trail to Ale 10K and I was still standing. Or after reading other runners’ inspiring accounts of finishing their own half marathons.

I tend to be slightly self-deprecating when it comes to ideas like this. To me, running a half marathon was more of a dream than a reality. I could never run 13.1 miles.

But my dream grew as my runner friends asked me when (not if) I was going to sign up for a race. My response? “In 2012.”

Well, it’s 2012.

And this year, I am going to prove myself wrong.

I stumbled on this race a couple months ago and shared the link with my favorite runner friend, Kassi. We had both chatted about wanting to run a half marathon and I knew she’d be very interested. She suggested that we register immediately (that’s why she’s my favorite). Unfortunately, the timing was bad for me and I knew I’d have to wait until January to be able to afford the registration fee. We didn’t mention it again until she posted this message on my facebook wall:

So I checked my email and found this:

And on May 27th, 2012, I will be running this:

Let the training begin.

I Survived!

I survived 6.2 miles and I didn’t vomit or poop my pants! I started my morning around 7:15 with a banana smothered in sun butter and a cup of coffee. My roommate and I left the house around 8 and walked to the start of the race.

We may or may not have been a little nervous.
We lined up around the 9:00 minute mile mark and pretended to stretch. Then we ran into my friend Kassi!

The race started just after 9:00. It was a great day. It wasn’t too hot and the views were amazing.

I felt great till I hit the three mile mark. That’s when I realized I still had three more miles to go. Each mile after that felt longer and more hell-ish than the last. The worst was the slight uphill right before the 6 mile mark. The run was physically and emotionally draining and the whole time I kept reminding myself how great I’d feel at the end. When I crossed the finish line I felt like my legs were going to collapse but I was filled with an immense sense of accomplishment. I ran it in 57:17 and didn’t stop to walk at all, which means I met both of my goals for the race. I also had a great fan club.

After we celebrated with free beer and pizza.

And my favorite monster was there too.

I love endorphins.

Back in the Groove

I’m running again…and I have a new running partner to thank for the motivation! He’s 25 pounds and furry.

I would also like to thank the upcoming 10K and the cooler weather for their part in motivating me as well.

Speaking of the 10K…I got my dates mixed up and it’s not till the 18th. Phew!

On Tuesday I ran a mile loop around our neighborhood twice with Cash and then did this 2.6 mile route on my own (4.6 miles).

Today Cash and I did the same loop we did did Tuesday but ran it three times (3 miles). Before we ran we fueled with sunflower butter.

(Don’t worry, I didn’t let him eat out of the jar…I let him lick the spoon when I was done though!)

When I run with Cash I don’t listen to music so I only have to carry the leash, not my phone/iPod. I don’t mind though because I usually end up talking to Cash like the crazy cat dog lady that I am.

Ten days till Trail to Ale!

Panic Attack

I had a moment of panic this week when I remembered that I signed up to run the Trail to Ale 10K on September 10th. Not only have I only run 6 miles one other time in my life…in high school…but I haven’t been running at all since I moved to Portland last week. Yesterday marked the two week anniversary of my last run and 17 days until the big 10K and it also was the day I decided to get my behind in gear. I wanted to ease back into running nice and slowly so I had a goal of 2 miles. The time went by quickly now that I’m running in a new neighborhood with lots of side streets. I like running in places like these because I can distract myself by choosing my favorite houses or planning how I’d landscape or remodel the exterior…that’s my HGTV-loving side coming out for sure.

Today I took my little Monster out for his first run. I was very unsure of how he’d do but he was great! He didn’t pull too hard and only tried tripping me a couple times. We only did 1.6 miles because Cash was getting tired, but he was a great running partner and I can’t wait to run with him again.

Now this is what he’s up to:

And I’m one run closer to 6.2

Goals

I love making lists. I make lists for the grocery store…I make lists of things I want when I go shopping……I make Christmas lists…I make to-do lists…but I’ve never made a list of my goals. Writing things down and then crossing them off helps me stay organized and motivated, so I’m not sure why I haven’t done this yet. One goal I’d like to realize this Summer is to become a “runner.” Currently I run…but I don’t consider myself a runner. Every run is an easy run. I don’t challenge myself to run faster or longer and I avoid hills at all costs. So, after a sweaty and exhausting four mile run the other day (I wasn’t running that hard, it was just humid and I was a little dehydrated), I decided that I need to work harder at achieving this goal.

So I found this race:

Old Port 5k (not the half marathon…I’m not that ambitious yet)

And a training schedule:

Hal Hidgon Intermediate 5K Training Schedule

And a cool website that uses these Hal Hidgon training plans to create a schedule in iCalendar based on how long I have to train before the race:

YourTrainingCalendar.com

This is my iCalendar:

I don’t plan on sticking to this 100% because that would mean a pretty significant jump in mileage compared to what I usually do.

I did a speed workout today like the schedule suggests but I only did 4x400s. I ran to the track for a warm-up, which was around 1.7 miles. In between each 400 (1 lap around the track or 1/4 mile) I walked an additional lap.

By the time I got home I had run about 4.4 miles.  Thank you motivation.