rock 'n roll half-marathon
Here we are, mid-April and my spring race season is officially over. It’s now 90 degrees outside and summer is here. Perfect time to give an update on my #11in2013 update.
At the beginning of the year, I wrote a post about the races / runs I planned to do this year. Nine of them, to be exact, with the a tenth to be determined. #10in2013 because my goal for the year.
It seemed like a challenge, since three of them were in the same month but I was up for it. The day before Gasparilla, I decided to add in one more, the Sarasota Half Marathon, because I couldn’t resist the fabulous medal. When I registered for that one, I changed my goal for the year to #11in2013. And as of this past Sunday, I have 6 of the 11 completed. These four and a half months have been a whirlwind and also brought me a new half marathon PR!
01/12/13 – Glow Run 5K, St. Petersburg, FL – 44:16
02/02/13 – Best Damn Race 5K, Safety Harbor, FL - 39:21
02/10/13 – Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL - 3:02:53
02/24/13 – Gasparilla Distance Classic 8K, Tampa, FL - 1:05:58
03/17/13 – Sarasota Half Marathon, Sarasota, FL – 2:48:12 (PR!!!!!)
04/14/13 – Iron Girl Half Marathon, Clearwater, FL - 2:48:32
Another thing it brought me… Half Fanatic status! When I registered for Sarasota, I realized that three half marathons in 90 days was in my reach and as long as I completed it and Iron Girl, I would qualify. Three half marathons in 64 days, to be exact. I love the challenge of the half marathon distance and I think it may be my favorite race distance. Yes, I am half crazy.
I was so excited to receive the email with my Half Fanatic number…. You have to love an email that starts like this…
Nanci, at last you have found refuge, a place where you can call home, where the Fanatical can feel Normal again, and once again be treated like a normal human being.
Love it! I am Half Fanatic #3972 (Neptune), which is the lowest level, but still a Half Fanatic nonetheless. I earned that status. And, if I keep it up, maybe one day I’ll work my way up to the next level! Interested in learning more about Half Fanatics? Visit their website!
I am actually sad that all these races are done with and I am anxious for the fall to get here so they will start up again. Here’s what I have planned!
10/05/13 – 15th Annual Komen Florida Suncoast Race for the Cure 5K
11/24/13 – Women’s Running Series Half Marathon, St. Petersburg, FL
11/28/13 – Tampa Bay Times Turkey Trot, Clearwater, FL
- 11/30/13 – Pretty Muddy Mud Run 5K, Tampa, FL
- 12/??/13 – Color Run, St. Petersburg, FL
Do you like to plan your races ahead of time or do you just wing it? How many do you plan to do this year?
With the Iron Girl this weekend here in Clearwater, I find myself in the midst of yet another race week and as with every other one I’ve done, I’m so excited. In all honestly, I didn’t think this type of excitement would go on forever. I figured the first few races would and then the excitement would die down a little. That is so not the case for me.
The Iron Girl Half Marathon will be my 6th event for the year and my third half marathon. Who am I? When did I become this person who loves to get out there and run and sign up for races? Years ago, if you had asked me to run, I would have laughed. I swore the only way I would have run was if I was being chased. I used to be a walker, I would walk my heart out 5 days a week. I enjoyed it and it was what I needed at that time. In 2006 I temporarily became a runner. I was losing weight and it was easier to run. I eased my way into it and realized I could do it. But it wasn’t the same then as it is now. I didn’t crave it, I never signed up for races, and I didn’t feel the need to talk about it all the time.
In 2011 I jumped back into it, completely out of shape. It became my therapy and for the little bit of time I was able to do it, I enjoyed it. I slowly worked my way back into it. At the end of 2011, I decided it would run a race. I had no idea that it would lead to this.
I signed up for a small local 5K with my friend Terrie and we did it together. I huffed and puffed my way through it. This was weeks leading up to the Rock N Roll Half Marathon, which Terrie was also doing and we were spending most Saturday mornings walking together to get ready. Neither one of us was prepared to really run it, we just wanted to finish it.
I will never forget my first half marathon. I was all kinds of nervous the morning of, wondering what the heck I had gotten myself into. But I got totally wrapped up in the excitement of it and gave it my all. Somewhere along the way, I knew I wanted to run more of it than I thought. I finished 19 minutes faster than I guesstimated I would, cried I don’t know how many times during the race and as I crossed the finish line, and I don’t think I have ever been so proud of myself as I was at that moment. I was in pain, I hurt so bad, and I was already wondering when I could do it again.
My next race was just three weeks later, the Gasparilla 5+3K, also with Terrie. I loved that we were doing these together and cheering each other on. I was just as proud of her as I was myself. It was another great event and I knew that I wanted to do another and do better.
In the fall, I did my first mud run ever and my second half marathon, after dealing with sciatica. It had been my goal since the minute I crossed the finish line of my first half, to beat that time at my second. That didn’t happen but I was just so proud that I finished after being injured. I was also happy to know that the thrill of doing a half was still there.
2013 started with the Glow Run 5K and the Best Damn Race 5K (on my birthday!). Then I came full circle, running the Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon again. This year, I was determined to set a PR, and I did. More excitement, more living in the moment and being so proud of myself. I did the Gasparilla 8K again this year, and then I was randomly signing up for the Sarasota Half Marathon because of the amazing dolphin medal. Oh yeah, and this one had a bridge. Days before, I told hubby that it was just my goal to finish, that the bridge was really going to mess with my time and I’d be lucky to get in under the 4 hour time limit. I never in a million years expected to PR at that race. Never. Another proud moment, more crying, this time with less pain afterwards.
And now here I am, just days away from my 5th half marathon in just over a year. Still just as excited as every other one. And this one I’ve actually put some training in for, running the bridges a couple times a week, determined not to let those bridges get the best of me on race day. Hubby has been a trooper, keeping me company and pushing me a little more and more each time.
I run for stress relief. I run to get in shape. I run to feel better. I run because I love food. I run because it’s cheaper than therapy. I run because I can. I run because it makes me feel strong. I run because i t makes me proud.
Slowly but surely I have convinced myself that I am a runner. I. Am. A. Runner. No, I don’t run a 10 minute mile and no, I don’t run the whole time. But I’m getting more consistent with my pace and I’m running more than I walk. I am tackling the bridges to prove that I can. I’m getting stronger and better. And I couldn’t be more proud of myself.
After Sunday, I’ll officially be an Iron Girl. I’ll also be a Half Fanatic for having completed 3 half marathons within 90 days. It’s a wonderful thing to be proud of yourself, and most of all, it’s a huge motivator to keep going…
Why do you run? What motivates you? Tag #irunbecause and share!
Another month is coming to an end, which means it’s time to follow up on my February Gogalgetter2013 post. As a reminder, here is my post from the beginning of the month.
My goal for February was to complete the 3 races I was registered for!
It seemed like an easy task, I was already registered for them. But in my world, and I’m sure many of you out there can relate to this, nothing is guaranteed. There can be injuries, illness, and more. I am happy to report that I completed all 3 of them AND I have a new half marathon PR!
I had a blast at all 3 races. When I first planned 3 races for one month, the shortest moth of the year, I thought I was a little nuts. But it was a great time and a reminder that I really do love taking part in these events. Hubby also did all three, the Best Damn Race 5K, the Rock N’ Roll Mini Marathon 5K, and the Gasparilla 8K.
My race recaps for these fun races:
Check back with me tomorrow for my March #goalgetter2013 plan!
So, would you like to take part in the #goalgetter2013 challenge? It’s pretty simple….
Goals are most successful when broken up into smaller goals! Post a picture on Instagram on the last day of each month to show how you are working toward achieving your goals! Use the hashtag #goalgetter2013.
If you’d like to take part in this challenge and have another way to keep yourself accountable this year, you should definitely join in! Visit the #goalgetter2013 Facebook page today!
For more inspiration, visit these blogs… These are the gals who put this challenge together:
- Mom Running On Empty
- Back At Square Zero
- Noshing On Asphalt
- Sneakers and Fingerpaints
- Mindy’s Fitness Journey
- Run With Kate
- Road Runner Girl
- Rebecca Roams
How did you do on your February goals? Share with me one goal you accomplished!
So many thoughts go through my mind during and just after a 13.1 run. What started as fun post after my first half marathon, I have now done one of these after each one. I can’t stop now! Here goes…. And if you missed my post yesterday, here is my race recap…
- Your third half marathon is every bit as exciting as your first and second half marathons.
- You will find a strength in you that you forget exists. You can go much farther than you think you can. For me, a half marathon is every bit mental as it is physical.
- You don’t care that you have to get up at 3:45am to eat breakfast and get ready.
- You will park a mile away (maybe even more!) to find a parking spot that will be easy to get out of afterwards.
- Despite having run the same course before, there is nothing boring about it.
- When a friend is running her first marathon, you remember exactly how your first one felt and you enjoy sharing their excitement.
- When you keep ahead of the 3:00 pace group for most of the way, you feel like a rock star. When they pass you and you just cannot catch back up to them, you feel defeated but keep moving onward the best you can.
- When you think you can’t go one more mile, you can and DO.
- You run your own race. You don’t worry about how fast you’re going compared to anyone else (except the pace group once they pass you….) and you know that you’re not in it to beat anyone, except that voice in your head.
- You will forever remember your exact finish time for your previous half marathons and will analyze your times during your run.
- First half marathon or third half marathon, the sense of accomplishment you feel when you finish is like no other.
- You will cry. You can’t help it, the tears will flow, and you just let it happen.
- Making a half marathon playlist will be the best decision ever. I highly recommend it.
- You know that no matter how much it hurts, you can fight your way through and cross that finish line a winner, no matter what your time is. Even after your done, the pain is outweighed by the thought of doing it again!
- You will love your third half marathon medal just as much as your first.
- You are already thinking about your fourth half marathon which is in 2 months and your fifth half marathon which is 9 months.
- When other people look at you like you’re nuts for doing not one, but three half marathons in one year, you just smile.
- Only you know the exact feeling of beating your previous time for the same race by a little over 8 minutes. And although you momentarily beat yourself up for not finishing just 3 minutes sooner, you remember what a great job you did and that you have a new PR!
- You know that whatever it is you are running for, is just as bit as important as why everyone else out there is running.
- You dream of traveling to do another Rock N’ roll event in the same year to earn that Rock Encore medal. If only…
Share your favorite memory from a half marathon or race!