Sunday, November 29, 2009

I take it back, I AM a Runner!

My fitness goal is to run a half marathon and I've been slowly building up my mileage every week and sort of working on my speed. I'm running a 10k race in three weeks so I've been really trying to get quality runs in. Since getting back to running in August I ran my first 10k non-stop on Friday and was really proud of it, I had to blog about it! So this is a bit of an update from that post.

My longest run was two weeks ago, I ran 9.1 miles/14.6km. I was so proud of that and thought wow only 4 miles to a half marathon. So today I set out for my long run. When I plan my long run of the week, I have to psych myself up and tell myself over and over the distance I'm going to do. So all night last night I said to myself I'm going to run 10 miles tomorrow, I'm going to run 10 miles...

I brought my Gatorade, some raisins, water and my ipod and I was ready to go. I knew from about the second minute, I'm good, I can do this, I WILL run 10 miles today. I felt great the entire run. Stuck to a run 15 min/walk 2 min approach, twice I walked for 4 minutes but I always ran the full 15 minutes. I miss calculated my distance a bit and realized by the time I get to the end I'll have done 10.5 miles! As I approached 10 miles I was feeling great, and thought if I run 11 miles that's only TWO miles away from a half marathon, I shed a couple of tears! lol

So I kept going, I hit my 15 minutes and kept running, decided I'll run till the end. I went up some side streets so when I hit 10.5 miles, I still had a bit to go to get back to my street and I was still feeling fine so I kept running. I ran until my watch said 11.50 miles/18.51km!!! My last interval was 26 minutes, 2.08 miles.

My knees were killing me, and my quads were sore but I felt so strong and so proud! I realized I'm only 1.5 miles/2.5km away from the HALF MARATHON! WOW! I'm doing it, I'm going to run a half marathon! When I was running last year I felt like the half marathon was so far away, almost out of my reach, but now, it's RIGHT there. I will do this before the end of the year. In the meantime, I'll keep you posted on my progress!


  1. Congratulations!!! It's an awesome feeling!! Keep up the great work, and I can't wait to hear about the HALF MARATHON!!! :)

  2. Thank you Jessica, I can't wait either!! :)