the weekend i rocked the half marathon (7.6.12-7.8.12)

already the start of a new weekend and i’ve still yet to document the previous. for shame. dang my busy schedule and lack of internet at my apartment! anyways, i had an EPIC weekend (last weekend) as i conquered a half marathon! yayyyyyyy!

friday:

i got to work from my home office and that night i went to pick up my official race day packet. then we went to dinner and i carb loaded on some pasta, then did a short jog with my pops to keep my legs loose for race day!

saturday – RACE DAY!

months of training, preparation, everything… all comes down to one day. i was excited and nervous. i honestly was wondering what i had gotten myself into. i knew that i was ready. i knew that i was capable of rocking it. and the time had come to shine…

6:00AM: wake up, isotonix, coffee, 1/2 power bar, stretch

7:00AM: head to the starting place(get a few butterflies)

7:15AM: runner’s to the starting point

7:28AM: shotgun start and GO!

when the shotgun sounded a got a HUGE surge of adrenaline. it was unlike anything i’ve ever felt before. ‘some nights by fun.’ was the first song on my playlist and as i set off i couldn’t help but get a giant grin on my face, realizing the awesomeness of what i was about to accomplish…

5 miles in:

that smile on my face is actually real! i had my tunes rockin’ and i felt great!

6 miles in:

girl look at that booty, I WORK OUT. just shy of halfway and i was havin’ fun!

7 miles in:

and then the fatigue starts to set in… still feelin’ good tho.

10 miles in:

the smile on my faced is real,but only to trick my mind into believing we are still having fun. around mile 9-10 my legs started to kill… they were like, “emma, we’re kind of tired, and i think we would like to not be doing this anything.” and it was then when i truly understood how much of a mental game running a marathon is. i could have easily gave up, but i didn’t. i have come this far… only 3 miles to go… this is what you’ve been working towards… you got this!

miles 12-13:

this was the biggest mental battle… i was so close, but so far away from that finish line. just a little bit more. and then the wind picked up. but when i made that final turn and saw the finish line i pushed with every single thing i had left in me.

the finish line:

1 hour and 58 minutes on the nuts. when i first started training, my goal was to finish in under 2 hours. so as soon as i could see the clock i hauled ass to make sure i made that goal.

holy moly i did it!!!!!! 

my whole family was there to support me <3

evolution of a marathon…

couldn’t have done it without my trainer/ daddy

thirteen point freakin’ one.

after oodles of pictures documenting the moment, we got some egg mcmuffin’s and headed back home to relax. mom and i then went to get hands down, the best pedicures EVER. the woman gave me like a 20 minute leg massage and i thought i died and went to heaven. was amazing. the rest of the weekend was pretty relaxing. still in awe that i actually ran 13.1 miles in 1:58. it was both the hardest and the most amazing thing i have ever done. and a feeling i will never forget.

why iRun

“I always loved running…it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.” – Jesse Owens

within the past month or so my view of running have shifted dramatically. i’ve never been a “runner” or anything of the like. i ran in soccer and for a short period of time i was in track, for God knows why, because i hated it. i was a sprinter but on days when we had to go on long runs, a girlfriend and i would cut out once we got by the mall and eat nacho taco salads. oops. not for me. it wasn’t my idea of a good time. throughout the years i have enjoyed walking for exercise. and my walks are power walks. i walk with purpose and conviction. ain’t no stoppin’ this girl. you just gotta keep up!

moving to the uptown area has been amazing for many reasons, the first of which is the activeness of the area. this town is booming with walkers/runners/people on a mission; we were even on the list of the top 10 most walkable cities. woot woot minneapolis. in uptown specifically we are in extremely close proximity to 3 lakes: harriet, calhoun and of the isles. they each have their own charm and beauty. my current lake of choice is lake of the isles. reasons for this:

  1. not as busy as the others
  2. loopiness; calhoun and harriet are more circly in nature. i like the twist and turns
  3. technically the closest to our place
after we got settled in i tried to make it a priority to walk every afternoon after work. it feels good to be active and work out my stress. one day i was worried that my iTouch would die and i really just wanted to get a walk in. so i decided, “hey, how bout i try running?” so i did. and it was great. i felt a little sore the next day and i loved it. and so started my routine and new enjoyment. about 3 times per week i “run” the lake. i’m no marathon runner yet but i do alright. i’m still getting into great shape so i mix up walk/run. walk one song, run another. today was a step up on the ladder where i walked a song then ran 2. woah! the other evening on my run i had a bit of a revelation and realized many things. i connected a lot of aspects of running with life. (deep i know- but i’ll keep it as light as i can) its true though and it really made sense for me.
  • to begin you have to make the decision to try: i wasn’t sure that afternoon that i decided to run how it would go over. but i decided to give it a go. if you don’t give something a shot you will never know. whats the worst that could happen? i could have looked like an out-of-shape idiot. think i could have made it through that.
  • you have to work at it: if i had ran that one afternoon, and then never ran again for a couple weeks and tried again i would probably be frustrated that it wasn’t super easy. one run does not a runner make. if you want to really be good at something you have to commit to it and make a real honest effort.
  • its all about your attitude: some days i am tired from a long day at work and the thought of running in the heat doesn’t necessarily get me jazzed. but i want to keep in shape and some days will be harder than others. but if i make the choice to suck it up and lace up my shoes and head out the door with a positive mindset, but the time i get home i will be in a better mood AND proud of myself for doing something i didn’t necessarily care to do. as a sidenote: smiling while running has been proven to help make the experience seem easier – try it!
  • you can’t compare yourself to everyone else: while its great to use the uber in shape peeps of the uptown area as motivation to get this butt out and about i cannot get frustrated when they lap me one (or two, yes its happened) times. i’m not on there level and that’s ok. comparing yourself to everyone around you and getting mad that you are not exactly where they are is a useless path. you are you.
  • there will be annoying people in your path: these people should realize that they cannot take up the entire path. its rude and unfair to the people around you. GET OUT THE WAY! take matters in to your own hands, find a way around them and move on.
  • if you look good – you’ll feel good:  when i feel good about how i look i feel a higher sense of confidence. when my working out routine started i splurged a little on some new way cute workout clothes. it makes me excited to get dressed to go work out and helps me feel good while doing it. BAM!
  • it’s all about Y-O-U!: for a control freak like this girl, there are many positives to running because it is an individualist sport. you get to empower yourself. go at your own pace, on your own path, whatever you want to do. i can spend sometime with me. just me and my hip-hop. every step that pounds the pavement the strength builds. one step closer the the finish line. just when i think i have to stop i can scrounge up all that’s in me and push myself forward. and when you finish or make any little achievement you can feel proud of yourself. because you did it.

that’s why iRun. because iLoveit. it was great to realize why it is i love it because it only builds the passion i have for it. what is it that you love? why do you do it? think about it…