Another run, another PR!

So excited!! I did a 5k today and set a new personal record!! I ran the first mile in 7:52!!! I still have a hard time believing that was my pace!!!! I NEVER thought I would see numbers like that! The second mile I did a pace of 8:15. And the 3rd mile I have no stinkin’ idea because i forgot to stop my tracker!! But even with my walking around for a minute and catching my breath I still beat my last 5k time!!!! I’ll take it! Yay for improvement!!

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Whidbey Island Half Marathon

Just had to share the pictures from last weekend!
This one was about mile 4-5 🙂 Feeling great and loving the sunshine that morning despite the cold temp!

 

The rest of the pics are from the finish line…..

 

 

It seems like I do this at the end of every run. I don’t seem to be able to help myself – I always feel so victorious at the end!! I’ll blame it on the endorphin high!!

 

Okay Berry Dairy Days Half marathon – I’m coming for you!! Let’s see how fast we can get it done!

The Great Aloha Run….

 This was the crew – bright eyed and ready to run!!
Today was my last event in Hawaii….and it’s been a bittersweet day. I ran 8.1 miles at a pace of 10:11. Not too shabby considering less than a year ago I WALKED my first event and have no idea what my time was. I probably did the 10k at a 15-17 minute pace.  Shaving 5-7 minutes of of a run time – yeah, I’ll take that.
But it’s also the little things. I ran the entire race (except for water stations – really isn’t wise to snort the water!) which was my goal. Sometimes I get in my head a little too much and convince myself I need to walk. But like my trainer says, “How do you get better at running?”
“You Run.”
I ran it. Goal accomplished. And I ran the race with my battle buddies. 🙂 And I was able to keep up.
Wouldn’t have traded running through the finish line with Katy for anything! Afterwards we were chatting about paces and times and I realized I was the only one who was wasn’t a single digit pace. But then I had to back up and look at the bigger picture. One of our group ran cross country in high school, another has been at this for 3 years, and another a few years as well. While it’s never a competition between us, I definitely see my friends’ times as goals for myself. A measurable to achieve.
I may not be able to run an 8 minute mile yet….
but give me a little time.
I’m gonna get there.
And then I’ll be shooting for 7!
🙂
Aloha Hawaii!

Get Over It

So I was all excited to do my first biathlon this morning. I really wasn’t thrilled about the swimming part, but I’ve done all kinds of things I thought were impossible and this would be no different.

Until I finished dead last.

I hate being last. I hate not being good at something. Forget that this is something I’ve never done before. I did not want to be last. At every race, it’s always one of my goals. My other goal was to finish the run portion in under 30 minutes. I didn’t achieve that goal either.

So I can do one of 2 things: I can stop doing things that I may suck at, or I can stop sucking.

I think I’m gonna stop sucking. Because, as my wonderful husband pointed out, what was I doing one year ago? I was frustrated, out of shape, over weight, lethargic, and not motivated. I have to look at how far I’ve come to comprehend the idea that I can improve. Greatly.

And my competitive nature will demand that I improve. So February biathlon – I will get you done in under an hour! And as a trainer I know says, “How do you get better at swimming?! You SWIM!”

And that’s what I will do!

More From the Marathon….

They finally made the professional photos available for download from the Honolulu Marathon!

 

Some of the pictures included in the package were various shots in and around Waikiki and the areas where we ran……

The early morning ceremonies were spectacular!

This truly is a stunning place to live. There is much I am going to miss about living here.

The downtown Christmas lights were on full display as we ran!

And there were various photographers along the run capturing us in all our glory…

….and in tougher moments….this was taken about mile 22-24.

Smiling pretty for the camera….

And the finish line!!! I was in so much pain and I was so relieved that it was finally over! Almost 7 hours of running/walking was INSANE!!!

 

 

 

Unforgettable moments and an unbelievable experience! So glad I pushed through and did it!