Self-Doubt Before Race Day | Rock N Roll Half Marathon Nashville

So, as I type this I should really be packing for my trip to Nashville, since we'll be out tonight.  My flight leaves at 6am tomorrow, so I have an early wake up call.  Anyhow, I'll get to it before I have  to get into mommy-driver duty! 

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I'm super excited to be running the Rock n Roll Half Marathon in Nashville this Sat. Not so much because I love country music, hilly courses, and humidity, but because I'll be running alongside my BFF since high school! This will be her first half marathon and I'm thrilled I was the one who motivated her to sign up.  I was asking if maybe she'd like to run the 5K, but she surprised me and said she'd join me in the half marathon! You can imaging my excitement!!! She's been training for about 12 weeks and I've been supporting her via text messages and phone calls. This got me thinking about my own first half marathon and how my cousin, who's an avid marathon runner, came to run alongside me for my first half marathon.  I remember how happy I was to have someone with all of her experience running with me and supporting me.  It really helped make my first half marathon experience such a good one! As excited as I am to now be the one paying it forward and being the "experienced" runner, I'm also nervous about my own performance.  Hills aren't my jam, I mean, let's be honest, they aren't anyones jam! I'm also not as fast or fit as I was a few years ago and it's messing with my head (see what I did there?).  I've put in the miles and ran hills in my training, but I'm afraid I'll be seen as a fraud.  Like, yea I call myself a runner, but then I'm huffing and puffing at mile 10.  I'm afraid I won't be the best support for her or worse yet, that she'll be the one supporting me! Won't that be embarrassing!?! 

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I'm working on keeping a positive mindset and trust that I won't fail.  I need to trust that it's going to be a fun experience, no matter the outcome.  I admit, this is hard to do.  It's hard to feel your best, when you know you could do better because you have done better.  Ok, I know I am overreacting to a hypothetical situation and it's silly, but it's the truth and I can't be anything but honest.  Have you ever felt this way before? Be it running or another aspect of your life, I bet you have. I can also say from experience that things aren't usually as bad as you think they're gonna be.  Am I right? So, I am leaving it all here on the blog.  I'm typing it out here but then I'm going to think of how happy I'll be seeing my best friend, who I haven't seen almost 5years.  I'm going to focus on how awesome it is that I'll be running my 14th half marathon in 2 days.  I'm excited to visit and explore a new city and eat some pretty good food too!! And, I'm gonna go pack...

Who's been to Nashville? Any recommendations on must-see or must-eats? I'll be back next week to let you know how it went and if you are struggling with feelings of self-doubt too, stay strong and know you aren't alone. XO 

 

April 2018 Training + Fitness Goals

Better late than never! I have been super busy working on a new project that I''m really excited about, but it's left me with little time to update the blog.  But, I figured I need to keep accountable for my training goals and I made a commitment to continue to share my goals here.  So, here goes! My goals for March were simple, continue training for the Rock n Roll Nashville Half Marathon, cross train 2 days a week, and stick to a paleo diet.  How did I do? Well, I am happy to say I ended March with a total of 64 miles for the month.  I feel like I'm getting my running groove back and I love it! Sadly, cross training didn't happen twice a month, but I did manage to go to Body Pump Class once a week, so progress! YAY!! As for paleo diet, it's not been 100% but I have definitely been cleaning up my eating and I'm feeling a lot better, so again, yay for progress!

Here are my goals for April:

Yes, they are still very similar to last month's goals because there was still room for improvement and I really want to stick to getting this workout schedule right and make it a routine again! 

What are your goals for April? How's it going?  

Rock n Roll Arizona Half Marathon | Race Recap

Earlier this month, I ran the Rock n Roll Arizona half marathon for the first time! I chose to run Arizona because it was close enough to drive there from home plus it advertised a flat course.  My training was not great for this race.  I missed most of my long runs and just managed a few short runs in the weeks leading to the race.  There was no real excuse for missing them other than I was feeling lazy and made up all kinds of reasons why I couldn't run.  So yea, going into this race I was not feeling too confident and was just hoping I would finish.  

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With a race start time of 7:50 am, I didn’t have to wake up too early in comparison to other half marathon start times, so that was a really nice perk! The weather in the morning was brisk but I knew that it would warm up quickly so I wore a running skirt and t-shirt, plus my new favorite Rock n Roll trucker hat that I picked up at the expo on Saturday! 

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The first 8 miles of the course are not very scenic.  You're running through industrial and business roads and such so there aren't many spectators either.  I was also going really slow, which didn't help and I never really found my groove.  Since it's a Rock n Roll event, they did have bands and DJs at about every mile and of course the aide stations and port-a-potties were plentiful.  It did hold true to it's advertised flat course, though, and there were no major inclines.  Once we got to Papago Park, the scenery changed and it felt so good to run through some nice desert scenery and see the iconic Arizona saguaro cacti.  This was also the only part of the course that had a slight incline.  But, it was a short out and back section so getting to run a little decline was nice too.  It was right around mile 10 that I started having some major discomfort on my left heel and then also on the outer right side of my foot, from heel to pinky toe.  I pushed along and tried to ignore it since I still had 3 miles to go and figured it was probably time for new running shoes.  

I enjoyed running across Mill Ave. Bridge.  Not only is it a pretty view, but it’s also close the finish line and by then, my right foot was really hurting!! Once we crossed the river, spectators were lined up all along the finish line area and cheering us on for the last stretch! That’s always my favorite part of running a race!! I also really liked that they had big screens at the finish line to view the runners coming in. 

The finish line festival at Tempe Beach park was really nice too! There was plenty of grassy areas (albeit the grass was dry since it was winter) to sit and stretch.  The gear check trucks were clearly visible for those picking up their bags.  There were food trucks lined up to for hungry runners!  I sat and stretched for a bit, then went over to get my free beer!! I listened to the headliner, Everclear, for a bit.  I was happy it was a band I knew and listened to from the 90s! 

We couldn't stay too long since I had to make it back to the hotel to shower and check out! By the time we got to the hotel, my foot was really hurting and I was having a hard time putting any pressure on it.  The next day was the same, a significant amount of pain and not able to walk on it.  I was concerned, so I went to an urgent care, where they did an X-ray.  The x-ray did not show a hairline fracture but the Dr. on staff still thought it was this since hairline fractures don't usually show up in x-rays and based on my symptoms. He gave me an ugly ortho shoe to wear to keep my foot from moving too much when I walked and said to wear it for 1-2 wks and no running for 4 weeks.  It's been a week since my visit and my foot feels great.  No pain at all! I've ordered new running shoes, but I'll stick to Dr's orders and won't run just yet.  It's going to be hard but I want to make sure that I don't injure myself again.  I'm doing Pilates and upper body workouts that are non-weight bearing on my leg, but I can't wait to get out there and run!!!! Have you ever been sidelined from running? How did you cope? 

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