Runnin', Runnin', Runnin'

After the flop of a "half marathon" that I ran a month ago, and the disappointment that came along with it, I couldn't settle with the outcome. My time made me mad, the "event" infuriated me, and I needed to run a real race.

After a few quick searches I narrowed down a handful of races that looked legit. From there I pulled the trigger and registered for two halves. Wheeeee!!

August 18 we're San Diego bound. One of my favorite SoCal cities, and I cannot wait to run it!

Because one is never enough, October 13 I will be running the Long Beach Half as well. I mean, why not?! :)
My last "half" I trained using Hal Higdon's program. While I liked the program I decided to switch things up a bit. I recruited a crazy friend, Grant, who is a triathlon nut, and runs half and full Marys like it's no big deal, to help me with these events.

Instead of running by the mile I'm running by the minute. At first I wasn't sure if I'd like the change. To my pleasant surprise I'm really enjoying it! Mentally, it's easier to think, "only 10 more minutes to go," rather than, "holy smokes, I still have almost two miles to go!" It's also been nice to be held even more accountable. Grant checks in with me daily to see how the previous day's run went, and inform me of my daily run. To actually have to answer to someone doesn't leave much room for slacking.

Scott has helped with motivation and encouragement, as well. He knows how important these runs are. For Mother's Day he had this little beauty sent my way.
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To say I'm excited about these halves is without a doubt an understatement. I cannot wait for the sound of the starting horn, the satisfaction of crossing two real finish lines, and the anticipation of hopefully slashing some time off my runs.

Let the countdowns to August 18 and October 13 begin!

P.S. With all the miles I'll be putting on my shoes can I get some help convincing Scott that I'm going to need a new pair of running shoes soon?! :)


  1. Do you see a full marathon in your future??

  2. way to go hun! :) you will do great. cant wait to hear all about it.
    I finally convinced J that I needed shoes and got an awesome hot pink pair of Fila's! now I need to get the tanks :)

  3. Good luck! Can't wait to get my knee therapy over with so I can start running again, myself!

  4. Hey, can you email me the plan - that's my problem right now is the mileage is overwhelming me :) Thanks!!! I might just be a Des follower :)

  5. Yay! You are going to do so great!


  6. I was going to ask the same thing as Jennie--do you think you are going to run a full marathon sometime? I mean, you are already my personal hero because I don't do a daaannngg thing. I think a 5k *might* be fun?

  7. Wow! You are either crazy or awesome, but I'm gonna go with awesome!! I think I'll use you as part of my motivation to start Couch to 5k back up!'

  8. OMG!!!! we might be in san diego on august 18th! i think san diego? shoot. maybe san fran? oh heck. now i gotta find out!
    and girlfriend WAY TO GO! i cant run a block. HAHA.

  9. Good luck! At some point I want to start training for a 5K. My husband wants to run the Disney Marathon in January. I told him I would run the 5K. :)

  10. I don't blame you for wanting to do more halves since your last one was "different"! And you are in the best location to do it. ;)

  11. Love the tank top! Scott -- Get the girl some new running shoes!!

  12. Not one, but two 5Ks? You go girl! And I love that tank Scott got you. You definitely need new shoes to match. :)

    I nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog today. If you're interested, check out my page and read more about it!

  13. I linked over here because of Kristen's post and I have to say...I'm stayin! :-) And 3 half marathons?!? Wow!! Let me know how that goes...I'm still trying to work my way up to 2 miles!!