So.. I’m a little behind on getting this up.. it’s been a busy month with all of that dominating going on around here!
I’ve completed 2/3 of my Spring Half Mary schedule, with them both beind PR’s.. not bad.
I crushed my sub 2:15 half marathon goal.
I have my 3 tri’s picked out.
Still sort of working on those splits.. not sure if it’s going to happen or not. This old body ain’t as flexible as it used to be.
Anyway… how are y’all holding up on your goals? Crushed any of them? Given up on any? Tell me the good and the bad!!
I’ve geared back up with my cross training… not so much with the weight training.
My eating is back to abysmal.
I can’t tell you the last time I cooked dinner.
I am way behind in my 1500 mile goal for the year. I am currently behind schedule by 91 miles. YO. That’s a LOT of miles.
I have officially completed 1/3 of my Spring half marathons and let me tell you, I am still floating on cloud 9 about this race.
I was sort of (okay a LOT) freaking out about it. The pressure I was putting on myself to sub 2:15 this race was INSANE. I got a surprise in the mail from Mary (which. when she told me she was sending me something, I was totally expecting a funny saying on a pair of thong underwear that we kept seeing in Key West.) on Thursday, and tears were in my eyes when I opened it. The bracelet says WWCD? What would Clowney Do? Getting that bracelet from Mary, helped me calm the eff down and realize that I could do this. It may not be this weekend, but it was coming.
I knew the weather was going to be cold and everyone kept telling me it was going to be 25 at the start. I knew I would need some throw away clothing for along the course. I decided on the piece of clothing I have owned the longest. I know Philly was glad to see it go, since it came from an ex-boyfriend 13 years ago, but at one time, it was the only sweatshirt I owned.
I packed my bag the night before, because, well, that 4 am wake up call was NOT my friend.
These numbers blow my mind. Too early and TOO cold.
We made it downtown to wait inside Boutwell to stay warm. Shannon was running her first full and my goal was to stay with her and Kelly and knock out as many 9:40 miles as we could.
The corrals were crazy busy and we ended up hanging on the sidewalk until the gun went off and people starting moving. I decided to shed the sweatshirt before crossing the start line since temperature wise, I was comfortable in it what I had on. Yes, I said goodbye to it. Sue me. I was sad to see the sweatshirt go!
Maleah snapped this pic of us-I love how caught off guard I am.
We started out conservative.. especially for us. 10:00 first mile. I’ll be honest.. I was a little mad. I know how I do in races, and I tend to fall apart around mile 10-11. I needed to have those good times in the beginning to make up for a crappy ending.
Now, since I can’t read an elevation chart, a friend so nicely told me, “Once you reach the Chevron in 5 points, it’s all downhill from there.” This course is generally flat, minus miles 4-6 with some steep climbs. I saw the Chevron, and just beyond said Chevron, was a hill. LIAR, I said in head. But then, I came through 5 points and there was another Chevron and it was literally starting a downhill.. so. Yeah. My bad. Right after the 10K split was a hill and I just kept pushing up it (yep. Me. I pushed myself UP A HILL.) and lost Kelly and Shannon around that point. I kept holding back with them because I was afraid I would need to push later from them.
I did walk through my first water station that was uphill and Kelly and Shannon caught back up with me. We ran through the Highlands for a little bit.. just long enough to spot Dad and Karen! I ran over and gave my dad a kiss, all while Karen was screaming “That’s our daughter, Rachel!! Right there! Run Rachel!” and people were turning around and cheering. Definitely a racing highlight for me. Dad and Karen always come out to support races, no matter how big or small and it means so much to have them there.
Karen snapped this pic..
I think mile 9 was a good bit of downhills and I took a GU at that point. I was still feeling good, still had some left in the tank and I was holding out for that final stretch. At one point, I looked around and realized, I was in the presence of mostly men and I just started weaving in and out of people, picking me feet up. It felt good. No matter how many races I run, mile 10-11 is ALWAYS the longest and the hardest. You wouldn’t think it’d be that way. You’ve hit double digits, and you have less than a 5K left. I believe this was the point that I did some bad math in my head and thought I was going to come in around 2 hours, but I realized, even if I feel off and had to run walk the last 2 miles, I was going to make that sub 2:15 goal. That got the adrenaline pumping again, and it helped me pick up my step– I started seeing 9:15′s and 9:14′s for those final miles. I kicked it up through the shoot, and crossed the finish line with a clock time of 2:09. By the time I made it through the finishers shoot, the texts and tweets were coming through. I had broken both goals I set for myself this year. A sub 2:15 and a sub 2:10.
I called Dad but they were still stuck over on Highland. I called John and he informed me that I was smart to come in around when the wheelchair racers finished, because I had a tv finish.
I found Donnie when he got done and we went over to Boutwell for the after party..
Jim N Nick’s provided the post race food.. and if you know me, you know I do NOT eat BBQ. But I happily ate this pulled pork sandwich.
I was on cloud 9 all day. I couldn’t believe what I had accomplished. I also couldn’t believe the outpour of support from twitter and Instagram. Seriously.. blog friends ROCK.
Me and my medal! And all of my Lululemon glory, I might add.
Donnie and I drank and chatted for a while until it was time for Shannon and Kelly to finish. I don’t ever get to spectate races, and it’s nothing short of amazing watching those relay teams and individuals cross a marathon finish line. Some are elated, some are struggling, but they are all badasses in my opinion.
Me, Shannon, and Kelly
Me and more beer… lesson learned. Beer is proper post race hydration. No matter how yummy.
I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this goal. My next goal is obviously a sub 2, or as close to it as I can get for Nike in April. I’ve got one more half in two weeks, and the goal there is to finish. As of today, I still have no desire to do a full marathon, but the desire to complete a 70.3 is growing, so I think that will be the next big goal.. probably for 2014. The year of my 30th birthday.
Mercedes was a great course and honestly, the best I have ever felt physically and mentally through an entire race. I guess all that hill training paid off.
My official time was 2:06:37.
Thank you for all of the support that y’all have given me.. it feels amazing to get that sub 2:15 monkey off my back.
I think setting my goals for 2012 seriously helped me stay focused, so I decided to do it again for 2013. I also want to do a monthly re-cap of how I am doing with these goals, just to keep me in check! Here are my goals for 2013:
- Run/swim/bike a combined total of 1500 miles.
- Run 3 half marathons this Spring.
- Complete 3 tri’s this summer.
- Don’t die during the Ragnar Relay.
- Run a sub 2:15 half marathon.
- Cook dinner every night for an entire week.
- Grow an herb garden and use it!
- Balance between my goals, John’s goals, and what’s good for the girls. Reaching goals take sacrifice for all parties, and it’s very easy to become selfish with what you want, and not what’s best for the family.
- Take the girls on a weekend trip.. somewhere fun but within driving distance.
- Be able to do the splits.
- Continue with cross training and weight training.
- Clean up my eating… being more mindful of what I am putting into my body.
- Go to a Pro Football Game.
What are your goals for 2013? Should I add anything to my list?
Happy New Year, Y’all!!
So, I think I need to address something. My 2012 Goals defeated me. In a bad way. In my defense… a LOT changed in 2012. I went back to work full time.
Here were my goals for 2012:
- Run a sub 2:15 half marathon. (Did not complete, but came close!)
- get ripped. Meaning.. workout with weights. (I did work out with weights.. still working on this one though!)
- be able to hold a handstand for 30 seconds.. possibly do a handstand push up. (CHECK!)
- Run 1,000 for the year. Yep. I said it! Roughly about 21 miles a week. (Failed miserably. For real.)
- make J tiramisu (DONE! And it was GOOD!)
- grow an herb garden and possibly a small garden for veggies. (Nope.)
- become a superstar at time management! (I think I managed this one quite well, for the most part!)
- I have several photography projects– a project 365 in Instagram, continuing on my Project 52, and a 10 on 10 project. (Nope. We’ll chalk that one up to going back to work, MmmKay?)
- Pay off our remaining credit card bill– it’ll be tough, but it’s nice to have goals, right? (Nope. But we DID put a dent in it.)
- I want us to live on a serious budget for two months.. that’ll be a hard one too! (Nope. But not my fault. Ahem.)
- I also want to either run a Sprint Tri or a Warrior Dash/Muddy Buddy type event. It’ll be gross, for sure! (DONE. AND DONE. I did both!)
- To push myself.. I tend to be lazy and quit when the going gets tough. I need to learn to push through the pain… Right Jana?? (I would consider this one a success! Still a learning process though.)
- We need to learn to do things JUST for the girls. Not when it’s convenient for us. (Yes and No. We did much better, but I think this should be a never ending goal.)
I am a task oriented person. Let me write out a To Do List, and I will break my neck to make sure I am able to cross it off my list.
My 30 before 30 list is no different…
So, when 2012 rolled around, I took some of those goals and put them with more goals for the year. Let’s review how I am doing, shall we?
- Run a sub 2:15 half marathon. This isn’t happening, since I’m done running halfs for the year, but maybe next year?
- get ripped. Meaning.. workout with weights. I am regularly working out with weights, but am not ripped.
- be able to hold a handstand for 30 seconds.. possibly do a handstand push up. Done. And I have the video to prove it!
- Run 1,000 for the year. Yep. I said it! Roughly about 21 miles a week. Not happening.
- make J tiramisu. Done and it was delicious.
- grow an herb garden and possibly a small garden for veggies. Haven’t done this..
- become a superstar at time management! I feel like my time management skills are pretty rock star.
- I have several photography projects– a project 365 in Instagram, continuing on my Project 52, and a 10 on 10 project. I dropped all of my photography projects when I went back to work full time. Too much stress!
- Pay off our remaining credit card bill– it’ll be tough, but it’s nice to have goals, right? Probably not gonna happen…
- I want us to live on a serious budget for two months.. that’ll be a hard one too! I feel like we are more serious with our budget.
- I also want to either run a Sprint Tri or a Warrior Dash/Muddy Buddy type event. It’ll be gross, for sure! Completed the Sprint Tri on July 21st.
- To push myself.. I tend to be lazy and quit when the going gets tough. I need to learn to push through the pain… Right Jana?? This is still an ongoing process.
- We need to learn to do things JUST for the girls. Not when it’s convenient for us. This is an ongoing process too.
I also feel like this photo should count for pushing myself… a solo 4 mile run in which I crossed the intersection I most hate in town.
The intersection on 278W where I had my wreck. I literally cringe every time I drive by, and I have to travel this way to go to my mom’s house.
7 years later, I still hate it.
Since 2011 was such a rockstar year, I’ve decided to go big or go home with 2012.
Here are my goals for 2012.
- Run a sub 2:15 half marathon.
- get ripped. Meaning.. workout with weights.
- be able to hold a handstand for 30 seconds.. possibly do a handstand push up.
- Run 1,000 for the year. Yep. I said it! Roughly about 21 miles a week.
- make J tiramisu
- grow an herb garden and possibly a small garden for veggies.
- become a superstar at time management!
- I have several photography projects– a project 365 in Instagram, continuing on my Project 52, and a 10 on 10 project.
- Pay off our remaining credit card bill– it’ll be tough, but it’s nice to have goals, right?
- I want us to live on a serious budget for two months.. that’ll be a hard one too!
- I also want to either run a Sprint Tri or a Warrior Dash/Muddy Buddy type event. It’ll be gross, for sure!
- To push myself.. I tend to be lazy and quit when the going gets tough. I need to learn to push through the pain… Right Jana??
- We need to learn to do things JUST for the girls. Not when it’s convenient for us.
This. This is what has started my utter and complete fascination with being a part of a flash mob. Don’t know what a flash mob is? Well, it’s a group of people who get together and choreograph dances and do them in public places.
I saw this one today, and it’s probably the best one I have seen. I immediately started youtubing these videos…
Stop. Hammer Time.
Backstreet’s Back. Alright?
Can’t have a Flash Mob without MJ…
Ohhh. Modern Family. I double heart you.
I totally want to be apart of one of these!! I don’t care how dorky you might think it is… This is totally awesome!!!!
I found a new event to add to my bucket list… Who’s with me???
Alright. I’ve gone and done it again. I have officially signed up for the Disney Princess Half Marathon at the end of February. I am so stoked. I truly love this race. To think about it, totally takes me off guard and almost brings tears to my eyes and the actuality of the accomplishment. My goal this year? To run the whole damn thing. Only stopping to pee, poop, or take a pictures with a princess. WALKING IS NOT ALLOWED.
That’s right. You heard it. Absolutely no walking. I am going to follow a training plan. It starts December 1st. By that time, I need to be able to comfortably run 3-6 miles on a regular basis.
I want to sub 2:45… I have hefty goals for this race. I do not want to have to tell people, “Oh, I didn’t run the whole thing.” I want to say, “Yeah, I ran the whole damn thing.”
I got up this morning, at 5 am… (YES, I FINALLY DID IT!!) I really didn’t want to, but I made myself. And I ran/walked 2 miles… I didn’t pick the best spot to run in the dark. I parked in the Warehouse District here and ran down around the high school and back. It was right at 2 miles. But, There aren’t a lot of sidewalks around there, and a lot of the ones that are, are all jacked up and with crazy overhanging trees that I had to duck under. Also? A good amount of people out! I saw numerous cars, several walkers, a couple of runners, and the CHS track team was getting ready for a run. Crazy.
I am trying my hardest to talk my best friend, Becca, into doing it with me. The feeling of accomplishment is like no other, when you do something that you thought you never could. I don’t want to do this by myself again. I really want a running buddy, but I’ll be okay without one.
Is anyone out there planning to do it??
So, which do you choose? Make me look cute please. I promise to wear whatever you suggest. It’s a 5K here in Cullman- which I am really digging running, since I know where I am. What I don’t enjoy are the hills that I have never noticed before until I try to run up them. I have also realized the importance of Body Glide and went out and bought some yesterday. I used it for my run this am, which I really wasn’t feeling because of period cramps.( Glad I didn’t listen to Rebecca, b/c peeing on that stick would have been $20 down the crapper!) Also, I hate running while on my period. Tomorrow’s race goals are to actually RUN the whole damn thing and to break 32 min, which should be easy if I RUN the whole damn thing!
Minnie and Mickey at the finish line!
What about this guy? He passed me at some point. The back of his shirt said “Running 13.1 miles for a kiss from a Princess.”