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marion arts festival half marathon recap. what’s next for training?

so…after 12 weeks of training, yesterday was finally my half marathon.

as always, here’s a recap of it using my thoughts during the entire race:

  • fueled with dulce de leche cherrios(um, YUM) with a scoop of almond butter, 1/2 scoop protein powder, almond milk, and sliced banana. i also shared a caramel light frappucino with my mom.
  • we got there 20 minutes before the race began and i really had to use the restroom, but the lines were outrageous so i decided to hold it. [because i can hold it for 2 hours..yeah, not so much.]
  • the morning was BEAUTIFUL. the run started at 7:00 a.m.
  • there were 900 participants and within the first mile there was a small bridge we had to cross that only 2 people at a time could cross so we got held up for a good minute during that time. [this was the start of my ‘not so great’ time]
  • i got to mile 2 in under 20 minutes and there was a restroom so i went because i obviously couldn’t hold it. that took another 90 seconds :/ but oh well i wasn’t too distressed about my time
  • after that i was feeling pretty good. the course was really nice. we went through parks, neighborhoods, roads out in the country-ish.
  • i kind of don’t really recall my thoughts from miles 3-7. i kept passing people and was trying to make up for those 2.5 minutes i lost in the beginning, but i didn’t want to overdo it.
  • around this time, it got HOT. highs were around 88 yesterday and i was definitely feeling it. i took advantage of people who had their sprinklers on and ran through them to cool off. i also grabbed a cup of water at each h2o station.
  • then between miles 8.5 and 10, i hit ‘the wall’. the top of my foot had a very sharp pain and i started having side aches and chest pains. this has never happened during any of my runs so i was starting to get a bit concerned.
  • i still pushed through..until around mile 10 there was a pretty big hill to climb. i just could not get my breathing to stay on pace so i stopped at the water station and started walking for a minute or so. i was super frustrated with myself and could not use my mental self talk skills to keep fighting.
  • i started back up again but the last 3 miles were so difficult for me i stopped to walk about 3 times.
  • i decided to not let it bother me  because i obviously wasn’t feeling very good (might have been a combination of the heat and pain in my foot) and just tried to finish.
  • i sprinted the last 400m to the finish line and crossed with a time of 2 hours and 20 minutes. actually better than i thought it would be with everything that was going on with my mind and body! my des moines time in october was 2:15 i think.

so what’s next?

well i have my warrior dash june 17th. so for now i’m just going to run when i want and maybe focus more on speed training. i’m also going to put more effort into my lifting because i’ve been seeing awesome results in my strength gains lately and i know i can do so much more!

i start teaching a new 6 week bootcamp session tomorrow. we’re calling it “Ultimate Metabolic Training.” Metabolic training is a great way to lose fat in a short amount of time because there is little rest and increases your metabolism which helps you burn more throughout the day. We’re also including a general meal plan for our participants to follow if they want to and I’m going to follow it as well.

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  1. Jessie
    May 20, 2012 at 10:41 am

    You did great; way to finish. We all have “bad” days of rins and you still finished strong!

  2. Kayla
    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Can you post the meal plan on here? Any maybe some ways to do those workouts also?? I wish i was in Iowa, I would so take this class!!

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