Apparently I’m not a blogger. But the weather has broken and now it’s turning tundra-ish up here. 27* when I left this morning. That’s some bullcrap.
So we left off in June. A LOT has happened since then.
For starters, I think I’ve become a runner, by accident.
I started this journey back in Feb of this year, as a resolution. I wanted to do something for myself that didn’t cost money and that would benefit me in the long run (no pun intended). So I started with the Couch-to-5K program. I loved it. Ran my first 5K in May (Mother’s Day). After deciding I was going to run the Baltimore Half Marathon, I decided I wanted to go for the Lobster Fest 10K.
In an effort to train for the Firecracker 5K (as a training run), I got distracted. By a food truck. Rolled my ankle. That was fun.
Spent a couple of days like this:
I think the flip flop really compliments the combat boot, dontcha think?
But I managed to shake it off and run the Lobster Fest 10K. I sucked.
2013 Lobster Fest 10K
Ok so I didn’t totally suck but it was horrible. The heat and humidity was terribly, I tweaked my knee around Mile 3, I could only run for maybe a minute at a time from Miles 3 to 6. I booked it once I hit Mile 6 but by that time, I was already way in the back of the pack. I managed to finish with 6 people behind me. I set 4 goals for myself:
1) Finish – CHECK
2) Don’t finish last – CHECK
3) Finish in under 1:30 – CHECK (finished 1:19:47)
4) Don’t pee on yourself – CHECK
Overall, I felt pretty optimistic. Although the sobbing and complaining of not being able to bend my knee kind of put a damper on the mood for the rest of the day. E wasn’t too terribly pleased that I continued to run but eh, oh well.
Finally, all of the training came down to this:
The 2013 Baltimore Running Festival
I was registered and ready to go.
We left for Baltimore after E got off work. 12.5 hrs later, we finally arrived. We ended up in crazy traffic in NYC so we got off 95. In the Bronx. At midnight. Right. 3 white people and a Rottweiler. Our brightest idea yet.
I got up around 5:30 to get showered and tame my mane so we could leave by 7. We get in the car, get down there, and park in the first place we find. We see the Marathon kick off and start walking down to the starting pens. There were 5 pens for the Half. Since I had registered to finish in 3 hours, I was in Wave 5, at the back of the pack.
It took us 17 mins to actually cross the start line. 10,000+ people being corraled through one street in Baltimore, to cross the start line. It was a mad house.
Miles 1-5 went fantastically. I was able to keep my pace and run. Of course I get stuck next to the grown man who wants to sing Celine Dion. Sorry pal but the power of her love wasn’t what was keeping me going.
Mile 6 it got tricky. We joined courses with the full marathon runners, as well as Leg 4 of the Relay.
Mile 7-10 I ended up walking a lot. My stomach was upset, my knee was throbbing, and I was just out of it.
Mile 11-12 I took off, running for my life
I hit Mile 13 and I was on Cloud 9.
I met both of my goals:
2) Finish in under 3 hours. My official time: 3:00:24.
I finally found my family after the race
Right. SHE needed the nap…
2013 Baltimore Running Festival – Half Marathon FINISHER!
All in all, I’m SO glad I did it and I can’t wait for the next one!
To date: I’ve run 346 miles and I’ve lost 25 lbs 🙂