Sunday, April 27, 2014

KDF miniMarathon Recap

Last Saturday was my first Mini Marathon. I ran the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon in downtown Louisville along with 16,000 of my closest friends. It was a fantastic race to be a part of. I really only had one goal for the race... to finish.

I thought I would finish between 3:00 and 3:30. I finished in 3:19:04. My 10K finish time and the 10K time in the mini were the exact same!

It was so fun to have all of the people cheering along the way. I'm pretty sure there was someone in sight cheering the entire 13.1 miles. We even ran through Churchill Downs which was pretty neat. I tried to just enjoy myself while I was running. By mile 10 my legs felt like they were going to explode and my feet were killing me. The next investment I'm going to make for running is to go get fitted for running shoes. The blisters were not pretty by any means.

This is the first race that I've received a finisher's medal for...

Receiving these emails from Runkeeper always makes me smile!! I was so happy to have finished that I forgot to stop my watch when I crossed the Finish Line. 

Lucas took this picture once we got home. This was a huge accomplishment. I never dreamed I would run this far, much less that I would pay to run this far. Someone asked me, "You just ran the mini right?" It's not just a mini. It was 13.1 miles (13.23 according to Runkeeper.) I may have been slow and I may have walked a lot, but I finished and I couldn't be happier!!!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Little Bit of Everything

I have really been slacking on the blog posts lately. Life just gets so busy. So now it's time to catch up. I joined Weight Watchers and have weighed in 3 times including my initial weigh in. I started at 189 and am down to 185.2! Woo hoo!! This week I have not been eating very well, but I still have time to make up for it. The first WW meeting I went to, I felt really out of place and kind of uncomfortable. The next week our meeting was cancelled. This past Saturday I went back and felt a little better about it. It's always hard meeting new people and it seems they all already know each other. I'm sure it will get better as time goes on. 

Weight Watchers has helped me stay on track and I won Round 2 of the dietbet! It's an extra push in the right direction when I know I have to lose a certain amount of weight each month. It feels good to succeed. The first 2 dietbets I participated in, I failed. This time I have won Rounds 1 and 2. Hopefully I will be able to keep up the momentum.

I had one last long run before the big race. I ran a different route than normal. I learned once I got home that it was hillier than the 10 mile race that I ran. I went into it thinking it would be easier because it's flat. Obviously, I was wrong. But the run was completed thanks to my Dad. I wanted to quit after about 4.5 miles, but he was at church where I stopped to get a drink of water so I had to keep going.

This week is the Kentucky Derby Festival Mini-Marathon. 13.1 miles... It's going to be tough, but I know I can finish. This weekend is also the TWLOHA virtual 5K. In case you're new to the blog their mission statement is, "To Write Love on Her Arms in a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery." Check out the race package they sent:

I believe it's about time for bed. Until next time...