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Archive for February 2013

What an awesome day!  Today was the Virginia Is For Lovers 14k and Sweetheart 6k in Virginia Beach.  My first race of the year, and more importantly, my first race back since my injury in the Rock n Roll Half Marathon 5 months ago.  I wasn’t expecting to do that great, since I haven’t been training very much.  I’ve been sick off and on quite a bit here lately and, honestly, I think in the back of my mind, I was a little afraid to get back out there.  Afraid to get injured again.  But I did end up getting back out there, training a little bit recently, but not doing much running.  So today, I expected to average about a 17 minute mile, if I was lucky.

Well, I ended up finishing at 54:44, with an average pace of 14:43 and I could not be happier.  This is coming off an injury and not doing very much training.  And I really didn’t push myself too hard because I didn’t want to injure myself again, especially with the Shamrock Half Marathon coming up next month.

And I can certainly say, getting back into a race, and just being around all the people and getting that feeling of accomplishment back that you get from crossing a finish line and completing a race…I have found my happy place again.  That fire is back.  Something inside me just went off today.  And it made me realize, this is where my passion is.

No, I’m certainly not in the best shape.  I have a long way to go.  Last year I was on the road to getting into shape, getting where I should be, and then my injury happened.  I need to fully dedicate myself to that again.  And more so than I did last year.  I need to work on injury prevention.  I need to REALLY work on nutrition, because that’s something that I have an issue with and that’s why the weight is not coming off like it should.  I don’t eat a ton of food, but I don’t eat proper meals.  I skip meals sometimes, and then sometimes I eat late at night.  I have taken up drinking Pepsi’s again and I need to cut it out.  They are so bad for you.

I talked to 2 friends today after the race today that are runners, and when I say runners, I mean, GREAT runners.  These guys know what they’re talking about.  Got some advice from them, and I’m really going to take it to heart.  I’m going to do some research, and really start planning out my meals and my workouts and just work hard to get the body I want to have and become a better runner.

I may never win a race, especially if Ryan is running it, too!  But who knows if I really work hard and get in good shape what I might be able to do.  My goal is to complete a marathon.  I may never qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I’d be thrilled if I did!  And yes, I would definitely go!  I don’t think I should sell myself short on anything.  I think at this point, anything is possible.  I never thought I could complete a half marathon and I did that.  So, we’ll see what happens.

I just know this is where my heart is.  But I need to make sure my body is prepared.  So, lots of changes are to be made for me.  Let’s just hope I can stick with them!


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