I will be running my very first ½ marathon! I will be running the Rock & Roll Philadelphia ½ marathon on September 19th. But you guys already know that huh??
The hotel is booked and the request has already been put out there for some great suggestions for Frankie and I to do while we are down there. I’ve been a few times but this will be his first time and I’m very excited to be able to share this experience with him and learn and grow together.
So here are some questions for you folks…
- Any of you running a ½ marathon…or if you are completely nuts, a full marathon??
- Do you plan to or have you been following any specific training plans??
- What are your thoughts on Carbo-loading the night before?? Anything in particular you know you want to go carb-crazy on??
- When you day dream about crossing the finish line (don’t lie, you know you do) do you imagine yourself breaking down into tears?? No?? Just me?? Oooookaaaayyyyy then…
In other running news, I completed my very first “official” 10K this past Sunday!! There were not many participants (only 59 people) which was kind of awkward but it was a lot of fun. I was hoping to finish in less than 75 minutes and I did just that and then some…my official time was 1:09:53! Just a pinch under 70 minutes. Considering that the race was on trails, I think this is a great success. I feel like I’m on a good path for the ½ marathon.
This is the very first race I have ever done “unplugged”. No music, no Nike+, nothing tracking me but the timing chip they strapped on my shoe! It felt nice, really nice. Considering the lack of people, I was alone a lot of the times and running through the woods and listening to the nature was quite beautiful and somewhat peaceful.
My only real complaint is that there was only 1 water stand. Most 10K’s that I'm aware of at least have two. Here I am 1/2 way through:
My only other complaint would be that while Beaver Lake is gorgeous, running the same 3 mile and some change route twice. It was like looking at all the same stuff over and over again.
All in all I had a great week for activity. Sunday was the race. Monday I chose to walk 2.7 miles to and from the video store instead of riding my bike or driving my car. Tuesday night, though I really didn't want to, I worked out on the elliptical for 30 minutes. Yesterday I had so many errands to do I didnt get a chance to “workout” but I did lots of walking.
I was up 1.2 lbs this week at my Weight Watchers meeting but that was to be expected. Truth be told, I was up around 6 last week on my home scale. I did some major repair and recovery so I’m ok with what the scale said. I know what I did, I accept it and I have moved on. Who knows, maybe I was up due to increase in muscle mass because I now fit into a *size 10*!!!! Here is the fabulous new skirt I got yesterday…in a size 10:
Did I mention the skirt is a size 10?? ;)
A few people were shocked when I said size 10 because they thought I was a smaller size (*thank you!*) but I’m 5’9 so a size 0 aint ever happening on this body.
All in all, I had a lot of great accomplishments this week that I can be proud of. Tonight I am going to relax and let myself indulge in a few “naughty” food treats and wake up tomorrow ready and roaring to go!! This week will be awesome!!!