Motivation Monday!

I realized I totally forgot to post last Monday, so I am including 2 weeks’ worth of motivation for ya! It’s been a busy 2 weeks, y’all. A 10K the Saturday before last and then a half marathon this past Saturday. Who am I?! Seriously, never would I have thought I would ever run a half marathon, let alone two in the last month alone, plus countless other short runs. Once I got over the initial fear of doing it (and the fear of crawling my poor body across the finish line, or throwing up at the finish line, or all of the above) and actually DID it, I realized that it’s actually, dare I say it, kind of FUN. It really is sort of an adrenaline rush, and such a feeling of accomplishment when you cross that finish line. I’m probably done with the races until spring rolls around. We are running an 8K on Thanksgiving morning, but then I’ll probably take a break throughout the winter. This girl does NOT run outside in the colder months. Give me the treadmill and my Orangetheory and I’m good to go. The plan is to sign up for the Biltmore Estate Half Marathon in Asheville, which is mid March. They give you a bottle of wine for finishing. Enough said.

Stats from 2 weeks ago:

Monday 10/31: Ran 3 miles along the river with my running buddy

Tuesday 1/1: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday 11/2: Ran 5 miles along the river with my running buddy

Thursday 11/3: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Friday 11/4: Ran 3 miles on the treadmill at 6.0 mph

Saturday 11/5: Matt and I ran in the Reindeer Dash 10K that morning. I came in just under 1 hour and was pretty pleased with that time.

Sunday 11/6: Pretty much rested my legs today, but did take a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood that evening.

Stats from this past week:

Monday 11/7: Ran 5 miles along the river with my running buddy

Tuesday 11/8: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday 11/9: Ran 3 miles along the river with my running buddy

Thursday 11/10: Ran 3 fast miles on the treadmill

Friday 11/11: Pretty much rested my legs in anticipation of the half marathon tomorrow, although I did take a few laps around the block with the pups.

Saturday 11/12: Half marathon day!

Sunday 11/13: Total rest day….much needed!

Pictures from the half marathon are below. We actually had several friends run this race, which made it even more fun. It was out at Chickamauga Battlefield and it was gorgeous. It makes those long distance runs so much better when you have some pretty scenery to look at. Granted, it was COLD. At least when we got started. The worst was standing out there waiting for the race to start. I warmed up once we got going, and thankfully the temps rose pretty quickly as the morning went on. Overall it was a great race and I’ll definitely plan to do it again next year.

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