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Run..Run..Running into Races

Well the running bug has bitten me big time!! I'm running my third 5k (my 2nd official timed 5k) at the beginning of March. This will be the 2nd time running this 5k and I'm hoping to shave 4-5 minutes off my time from last year, though they are using a new course this year. And I'm running my first 10k at the end of March, with a daunting incline within the first 5k of the race, with the rest of the race downhill or flat. I watched my husband run it last year and while being a spectator I was wishing I was out there running with him, so I made a promise to myself that I would be doing it this year. 

So along with competing in these 2 races my mind went in a what I call a crazy decision to compete in a half marathon this coming fall. YIKES!! I will have 5 1/2 months from the time of my last race in March to train for the half marathon and that is the date that I will be committing to the race and registering. I could have picked a closer race to where I live but I chose to do the Air Force half marathon in Ohio in honor of my husband SSgt David Wald. Just thinking about doing this race brings nerves to my stomach and its still 8 months away, lol.

Along with the half marathon I also want to compete in a mud run, rugged maniac run, adventure run...what ever you want to call it. That also brings a different set of nerves to my stomach as I have never done some of the obstacles in my life and need to work on my strength training for that. 

On my weekly runs I can do up to 4 miles easily and even do 5 miles easily once in a while. It feel great to have a run just go smoothly. Right now my goal is to get up to 6 miles without any issues and pick up my half marathon training after the 10k since by then I'll be up to running almost half of the 13 miles. My longest run ever was about 7 miles last summer and that was on the treadmill. I'm trying to stay away from the treadmill since I'm becoming more and more bored with it. Maybe because I'm not actually going any where, lol. Plus its a totally different feeling from running on a treadmill and running outside. I've download a running plan to help me get up to the 13 miles and I'm ready to get started on it. I currently run about a 10:50-11:30 min mile and I'm okay with that. I'm not looking to get my time down to any faster. 

I'm hoping to get my husband on board with my training to get out there a run with me when I have my long run days, to give me the encouragement to continue when I feel like stopping (which I'm sure will come with my training), to just be there to listen to be complain from bad days. I need him to be my biggest fan. 

Here's to Happy Running Days!!!


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