I did it! I’m a half marathoner!

Yesterday was the big day, the Florida West Coast Half Marathon. Despite the small hiccup with parking I will most definitely call the day a success! The weather was super cold by Florida standards, coldest day so far at that point. There was a major head wind that I fought against at a couple different points which made it much harder to keep my steady pace. The final mile in particular was the toughest because of this wind since there was nothing to break it while we were running down the middle of the rowing course.

All I could think of was just getting to the end of the bridge. I knew my sweetie and my munchkin were waiting for me there at the finish line so I just had to get there. I was so happy to hear my sweeties voice as I exited the bridge and got a big high five before crossing the finish line!

I finished my first half marathon hitting my goal time almost exactly! My goal was between 2:30-2:45 and finished at 2:31!!! I’m walking somewhat like an elderly woman today but it was TOTALLY worth it!

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This is it

Months of prep and it’s here…race day! I’m a bundle of nerves and excitement right now secretly hoping I’ve made the right decision as far as clothes thanks to this cold front that decided to come through.

Packet pickup yesterday was pretty cool. I feel like this was the perfect race for me given the location – Nathan Benderson Park, which is quickly becoming a world renowned location for rowing. I feel like high school Jackie and adult Jackie are crossing paths. My final mile I will literally be running on the racecourse with the help of a floating mile long platform! Here’s hoping my legs don’t give out and I end up in the water 😂

I’ll post and update once I’ve recovered from the race!

Yaysayers

So I’m a day and a couple weeks short for Monday Motivation but I’m here. This message truly resonates with me. Life can be tough and you have to surround yourselves with people who truly support you. You have to know that regardless of the decisions you make that you make decisions based on your own needs/wants and not due to pressure from outsiders looking into your life. Outside perspective is important, but it can’t dictate what you do.

That being said I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m less than 2 weeks out from my first half marathon. I ran a 10k on thanksgiving and felt confident with the fact that I still had plenty of gas in my tank when I finished. I feel confident with my physical capabilities and trying to focus on my mental strategy.

Hopefully on December 10th I’ll be able to post that glorious post-race pic with my finishers medal!!

How is it November already?!

I mean really, how did that happen?! This has been my first week back after taking time off from running. So far my compression socks have been helping sooo much! I’m very happy with them and need to start buying more for sure. With the cooler weather finally hitting SWFL running outside has actually been tolerable. I was able to run sprints last night outside and not feel like I was going to die 😂 

Hope everyone had a happy Halloween and has recovered from their candy comas!

I’m a horrible blogger…

I know it’s been a long time since I posted an update. So a cliff note update is in order:

  • I’ve had some great and not so great runs (close to a 7 miler 🙌🏻) and some not so great ones (I’m looking at you sprints 🙄)
  • Still love my new shoes
  • Still loving my Aaptiv training program 
  • I’m hating the fact that out of nowhere I’ve developed shin splints. I thought two days rest and my new compression socks would get me back on my feet. The pain this morning told me ‘not so much’
  • Having to take more time off scares the 💩 out of me
  • We’ve had two visits from the tooth fairy for my munchkin
  • It still very much feels like summer here and I desperately miss Fall
  • I can’t believe I’m starting to map out Christmas gifts for the kiddos 🙈

Can’t catch a break!

Can I just say that I don’t like having to get my flu shot? I had to get it Thursday and I was NOT excited. Last year the flu shot did absolutely nothing. Beyond my bad experience (testing positive for flu A and B which turned into viral bronchitis, which then turned into viral pneumonia) we had a huge amount of patients test positive as well. 

This year I was miserable by Thursday at 8pm and felt like crap until Saturday evening. I missed my speed work Friday and my long run Saturday 😑  So I’m making that up tonight…wish me luck

Post Irma Update

It’s been a crazy couple weeks here in SWFL. The first week watching and waiting to see what Hurricane Irma was all about and where she would end up. We hunkered down with family through the worst of it. In the midst of Irma though we developed a wicked case of food poisoning 🤢 It has run its course through EVERYONE with some of us enjoying a second round. Happy to say we have had power for several days. Waiting for schools to open back up on Monday as so many were utilized as shelters. We were very lucky compared to my friends and coworkers who live in counties south of us. 

Now things are slowly returning to normal: still lots of empty shelfs at the grocery stores as so many had to toss everything due to extended power loss and it’s hit or miss finding gas stations with gas for sale. I’m just happy that we all made it and still have roofs over our heads ❤️