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03/30/2012

Still Moving Forward

Well, after a series of relatively disappointing and extremely challenging events, I am still relatively on track for training for mu half marathon in May. I plan to run the Bayshore 1/2 Marathon in Traverse City on May 26, and for those of you not in the know, a 1/2 marathon is 13.1 miles long.

Last weekend I ran my first 6-mile race, using a new interval system I borrowed from a running partner's iPhone app. The app allows you to set up intervals of running and rests, so for example we set it up to allow us to run for 4 minutes and then walk for 1 minute throughout the entire 6 miles. I loved it- it seemed so easy! Even when I was getting super tired, I felt confidant that I could continue to push on for 4 minutes- that's nothing!- then I would get a nice rest.

The difficult part, at least in the beginning for me as a runner, was letting go of what everyone else seems to be able to do that I can't- like run non-stop for miles and miles. I struggle to get through a 5K (3.1 miles) without a break, and just recently got over that hump after months of training. I also had to let go of my time and pace for each mile- my husband just picked up running and runs a relatively fast 7:45-minute-mile. I've been training for 2 years and I'm still in the 11's per mile, but that isn't really important anymore.

All I am sriving for these days is the ability to get out there and feel good during the race, and finish smiling and feeling good. This week was really, really tough. But tomorrow is Run Day, so no matter what I will drag my sorry-for-myself ass out of bed, strap on my shoes, and gather my essentials for an 8-mile run with colleagues.

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