Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Still Running

As if I wasn't scared enough to be running a half marathon, yesterday happens.  And now, I am truly struggling to put it into words.  I wasn't really able to get too much detail in the day time, as I have small kids.  The visuals on TV were too much for them to understand or for me to explain.  I caught what I could through my various running boards.  My husband and I spent the evening on the couch watching the news clips after they went to bed.  We discussed briefly whether I should still go to my race in DC.

It isn't that the Nike Women's Half is as elite as the Boston Marathon, but it is in the Capital of our nation.  That is could be considered good or bad, I suppose.  Good - because the security there is always beefy.  Bad - because that is the Capital and always a target. 

The thing is... I have been training for 4 months.  I am ready.  Am I really going to give that up because of this?  My sister reminded me yesterday that we still went to the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 after the bombing.  We were right there where it happened.  Honestly, I had sort of forgotten.  But she is right.  Life goes on and we have to show a united front that we won't be broken.  We will still smile, laugh and run. 

So here are the latest stats to date from Feb 12th.  Sadly, I don't have my Dec and Jan data :(

59 runs
33 hours
173.8 miles
11 min/mile average
 
AND my last 10.5 miles was at a 9:57min/mile!!  Now if I can keep that up for less than 3 more, I will be one happy camper at the race.
 
PS:  I forgot to tell you which shoes I bought, huh?  Well, sadly the pretty shoes aka Saucony Rides didn't make the cut.  Darn, the pink was super cute too.  I ended up with Brooks Defyance and will probably eventually get another pair of Glycerins too (they are a little bit pink).  Just ran out of time to break them in.



15 comments:

  1. Don't give up! Don't live in fear! If you lived in fear everyday nothing would be accomplished! You have worked hard and this truly could happen at any event! In any city! I live sandwiched between a Submarine base, surface base, Naval Air Station, Marine Air Base and Tijuana....it could be really messy here, but everyone keeps plodding along....even with the everyday reminders, 24 hour media and violence happening all around us! Keep going. It is important to keep going!

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    1. Thanks Ericka. I know that it is true. I am lucky to have such great friends that support me!

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  2. WOW, I was just thinking about where your race was located in a few weeks. Scary and fear shouldn't drive you to not train. There are also local races where you can do a 1/2 as well if you wanted. I personally, probably wouldn't go. But you have worked so hard.

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    1. I wanted my first to be big. Not exactly what I had in mind! I wouldn't take back going to the Olympics for the world, so I certainly won't back out now!

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  3. Please don't give up. I'm sorry about what happen in Boston recently, but don't let fear hold you back.

    -Honeybee
    http://herweightlossdiary.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for the encouragement! I will be checking out your blog after today's run!

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  4. 10.5 miles is so impressive! Have you ran the full 13.1 yet? Good luck with your race!!

    Have a great day!
    Madalyn

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    1. I ran 13.1 back in January because I wanted to see if I could. For some reason, it still is making me crazy :)

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  5. Congrats on your time!!!! Thats amazing pace!!!!

    Dont give up! Boston is the superbowl of marathons, I have a feeling they knew the world would be watching and that was why they chose that as a target.. will be thinking of you this weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Melissa. I agree it was targeted for the audience. I keep thinking "Just keep swimming" from Finding Nemo LOL

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  6. You can do this!!! You are going to do awesome!

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    1. Thanks Kara! Seeing your finishing posts makes me want it so much!

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  7. So glad that you are not giving up - you are exactly right: You trained and worked your butt of - get out there and show the bad guys that they won't stop us from living or doing what we love!

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  8. Don't give up! I really enjoyed this post and comparing it to the olympics is so true. We have to stay united and we can't let things like this stop us!

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  9. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lla/126376165/

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