For the past couple of years I have been an avid runner. However, never THAT good at it. (I started it as a method to lose weight after my daughter Kaitlyn was born in 2006. It worked by the way. I have lost over 100 lbs to date!). I had run a few 5Ks, 5 milers, and half marathons but could never seem to make it to the marathon. I attempted twice and was sidelined both times. This changed this past summer! I set my sights on the Rock and Roll Marathon in DC on March 17, 2012. Something just seemed to click. I finally had it! I shot for my first marathon to be under 4 hours. I ended up getting 4:01:57 (ahhhh! SO CLOSE!). However, I am officially hooked!
So what I am training for right now is the Marine Corp Half Marathon on May 20, 2012. I have ran it every year for the past 3 years (with my twin sister, Becca!) but this year I am particularly excited. Last years goal was 2 hours and I completed it in about 1:55:00. This year I am shooting for 1:45:00. I know that this is ambitious (thats an 8:00 mile pace for 13.1 miles!!) but I am ready!
Today's run is a 5-mile pace run. It's supposed to be VERY crappy outside today so I have decided to do this on the treadmill. We'll see how it goes. :-)
UPDATE - My workout today was:
- 30 min of yoga this morning (Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown)
- 5 miles on the treadmill in 39:35 (that is a pace of 7:55 per mile)
- 20 minutes of weights (4 sets of 12 reps for my tricep and bicep)
- 10 minutes of stretching