Tag Archives: running

Race Report: First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon

Consider this a flashback Friday post. I wrote this recap months ago (like a week after the race… which wad the first Sunday in May), but never downloaded the photos to add to the post. (I swear photos, or lack thereof, hinder 90% of my blogging efforts.) Yep. Epic Laziness. Anyway, on to the four month old race recap.

I should probably preface this post with the fact that I always recommend proper training for a race because (spoiler alert:) I was stupid under-trained for this race and would never recommend that to anyone…

So this past Sunday, I ran the First Midwest Bank Southwest Half Marathon (Or something like that, the name had changed a time or two in the last few years.) There were a ton out reasons to run this race: it is nice and close to home. One of my good guy friends was running. The race director is the owner of my local running store. I’d always heard great things from other local runners. I volunteered at it last year. I got to run past my dentists office. My dentist had run this race herself. The list went on and on, but I’d never actually done it before.

So one (of the only) gorgeous day in March, when it seemed like the weather was finally breaking, I signed up determined to make this my race. I was going to dominate. Then the weather got shitty again, and my training was basically non-existant.

Story of my life.

I thought about dropping down to the newly added 10K. That probably would have been the smart thing to do considering the half would be roughly the same number of miles I’d logged in training. But since I survived my first half fairly under trained, and my overall fitness was much better than it was in 2010, I decided to throw caution to the wind and do the half anyway. If all else failed, I could walk.

Before the race even started, I ran into my friend M. We chatted about being under-trained and how much winter sucked. We headed to the way back of the starting corrals and ran into another high school friend who was running her first half ever. M and I decided to stick it out together for a while and do run walk intervals. We actually ended up doing the whole race together, and in the end she even got a PR!

image

(Photos courtesy of Samatha from The Peanuts Gang. You can read her awesome recap here)

The race itself went far, far better than I ever expected it to. While we griped at the 10K turn around that we should turn back now, I actually felt really good until somewhere around mile 10. My body didn’t hurt too bad, and I was mentally in it 100%. I guess it’s just another sign that strength training, cross training and general fitness are equally add important as running when it comes to training for races.

The course is an out and back down a main street that they shut down. It runs through a lot of forest preserve so it’s absolutely gorgeous. It’s mostly flat-ish, but courses always seem hillier to me than they’re ever described. The road itself was in rough shape after the particularly harsh winter which made for some interesting pothole dodging.

image

We finished with a time of 2:39.17. It’s not my best time by any means, but it certainly isn’t my worst either. I survived the race without injury despite my lack of training, and I actually enjoyed myself!

All in all, I call this race a huge success.

In a Funk

I’ve been in a serious funk lately. I don’t know if it’s the never.ending.winter. or what, but I can’t seem to keep a grasp on my motivation.  It’s lurking right below the surface, but I can’t seem to get it to bubble up. It’s an odd through the looking glass situation.

I also haven’t been making much effort either though.  I just keep putting it off.  I tell myself I’m going to get up early and work out, and instead of just fucking doing it, I make an excuse and tell myself I’ll do it after work.  Then when I get home from work, and I fine an excuse and tell myself I’ll do it in the morning.  And it’s not just work-outs either, I’ve taken a sort of ‘meh’ attitude to everything the last couple.  I would sit down to blog and have nothing I felt was worth saying (though I have been blogging about wedding planning over on the private forums at  Offbeat Bride .) I’d open Twitter, get overwhelmed by the number of unread tweets, mark them all as read and close it. I couldn’t tell you the last time I looked at my feed reader.

Maybe it’s the extra brutal winter and my usual plummet into not quite, but almost maybe legitimate depression.  Maybe it’s some sort of self-sabotage. I don’t know, and at this point I  don’t think I care. At this point I just need to start taking action. I need to start re-engaging myself. I need to start using my blog and my social media and my people to keep me accountable. I need to get back to setting goals and giving a crap about those goals.

So April goals then.

  1. Half Marathon training – I mentioned on Twitter I signed up for a half marathon on May 4th.  This was one of the half a dozen nice-ish days I was delusional enough to think twinter wasn’t going to extend in to April.  Then it did.  I haven’t done much training.  My fitness levels are fine so I’m not worried about that aspect, but I am worried about injurying myself because my body isn’t used to running.  TL;DR version, I need to spend the next month taking training seriously so I don’t bust my shit.
  2. Plank-a-Day – and share it on social media to keep my in check.
  3. Lose 5lbs.  I spotted making specific weight loss goals a while ago, but I feel like in order to start taking it seriously again and actually get to my goal, I need to start setting very specific goals with specific time frames.
  4. Stay engaged on the blog and social media – I haven’t quite formulated a plan on this one.  I might go back to weekly weigh-ins and/ or workout summaries.  I might do more Instagram check-ins.  I’m working on this still.  If you notice me falling off the face of the internet, feel free to poke me in the eye.  Oh, and if you’re not already following me…now would be the time to get on that! Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper

 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...