My First Half Marathon

I’m alive! I crossed the finish line hand-in-hand with my ruddy (running + buddy) Sarah.

We finished in 2:31:37 with an 11:34 min/mi overall. Considering I just wanted to cross the finish line, I’m chalking this up as a major life accomplishment. I’m proud of myself.

It was just like another Saturday morning training run, except we were adding on 3 miles. No big deal. I guess that’s what happens when you prepare and train for something. Makes sense. If you practice enough, you’ll be ready for the real deal. I’m not applying this philosophy to marriage or death, though.

The special hand is just me trying to wave.

I had a couple of setbacks in my training. I’ve learned that I’m not the type of runner who recovers quickly from a run and I also need to take it easy should I get sick. I’m a little sore today and I had some uncomfortable extension feelings in the back interior of my left knee, but today it just seems like another day after a tough workout.

This was mainly a test of mental willpower and belief in myself. Once I got over the idea that I couldn’t be a runner, it became all about getting my ass out of bed to go running. It was never a matter of ability, it was simply a matter of how much I wanted it. How important was it for me to follow through with a goal I set for myself in July. How much it meant to be to be able to look at myself in the mirror and think, “I’m a bad ass mother fucker.”

Will I do another one? Hell yeah! Will I drink the running Kool-Aid and do a marathon? I’d love to! When will I do it? I guess when I buy the entry fee, since that seems to be a good motivator for me.

Cheers to the bad ass mother fucker.

Monday Things

1. The half marathon is 6 days away. Omgah, I haven’t started to freak out. Do you think I will?

2. I was sick all last week. I never *knocks on wood* get sick anymore. It’s been this epic battle between health and sinus congestion. For a while, it was looking like those little assholes from the Mucinex commercials were winning, but I think I pulled out a victory with my Sinus Rinse.

3. After being sick, I decided I would switch up my workout routine a bit. After Janetha wrote about Jamie Eason’s 12-week trainer, I thought I’d give that a shot. I love it! In and out of the gym in an hour with weights, abs, and cardio done! Praise baby Jesus.

4. Hey Everybody! I’m on Pinterest, too. I have lots of awesome stuff on there, but I’d say my best one is my gift board. Strictly because I care to update it on the reg since Christmas is right around the corner. Related: God, I love Etsy. I’m like the Ariel the Little Mermaid of Pinterest. Look at my stuff, isn’t it neat?

5. Happy Belated 19th Birthday to my beautiful, wonderful, awesome sister, Heather! I said Happy Birthday last week, but it’s not real unless it’s on a blog, right? I love you, seester.

6. My motto fo’ life.

7. I think I should finish these posts this week. What do you think? I think it’s probably time.

 

Welcome to Florida, Cool Weather. Stay Awhile?

It’s mornings like this one that I just feel fortunate to be alive. As cheesy as it sounds, the weather outside reminds me of my freshman year in college. I just want to listen to Cartel’s “Chroma” album and Paramore’s “All We Know Is Falling…” album and watch old Grey’s Anatomy because that’s what I did when I was 19 in my first semester at UF. It gives me this wonderful and intangible sense of deja-vu that makes me both extremely happy and extremely disappointed I will never be 19 again.

I always think of that Cartel lyric from “Luckie St”.

It’s time to roll the windows down/feel the cold air all around/we are getting out of town/not a thing can stop us now…

Speaking of feeling the cold air all around, my run today was rather invigorating. I was actually dancing at the end of it. In my defense though, Lady Gaga’s “Beautiful, Dirty, Rich,” was on my music player and that song requires some booty shaking after a five-mile run.

I'm smiling. What is wrong with me?

The views this morning weren’t too shabby, either! Sometimes, I hate running over this bridge, but this morning it was awesome because there was a Blue Heron just hanging out and cheering me on.

Also, I’ve been thinking about it and while I like posting about my runs because it keeps me accountable and is easy (snap photo of watch, photo of sweaty face, photo of trees – done!) it’s not really why I started this blog. I want to write about mental health and how it can be applied to daily life. Unfortunately, those posts are time-intensive, so I really have to buckle down and set a schedule. So, I was thinking I would do two designated days a week mental health posts. I don’t know what anyone would like to learn/read about and since only mostly my friends and family read this, maybe I’ll just poll them?

If you are not a family member or friend, or even if you are, feel free to comment about what you’d like me to write about. I’m down for writing about whatever, but if I don’t get any feedback, I’ll probably just write about my interests i.e. couples, addictions, families, and Harry Potter. So, throw me a suggestion!