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5k warm up tonight, Half-Marathon tomorrow!

I woke up to this little beast sharing my pillow, the best way to wake up! I feel rested and ready for my warm up tonight. My hubby wanted to run the 5k so I figured why not! Use it as a test run with my gear and make sure it all works before the half marathon tomorrow.

I’m a fidgety person who needs lip balm, a Vicks nose inhaler, tissues and Listerine breath strips every few minutes so finding gear to make my bits & bobs accessible mid-run has been a challenge. Being fidgety     is  a challenge! I think I’ve got my gear sorted, but tonight is the road test to be sure. No doubt, I’ve found the right sports bra to hold the girls. I’m a curvy triple D girl so finding bra has been the biggest challenge and Panache is what works best for me! My CW-X compression tights make me feel like a super hero and the  Saucony Guide 7 shoes haven’t failed me yet, I’m already on pair # 2! Shirts come & go but these 3 pieces will forever be my running staples. I also love my Balega low cut socks and my Saucony Runderpants.

I’ve acquired Nike + GPS Sportwatch, a Flip Belt, wristband for my iPod Nano and I’ll be using new Plantronics bluetooth earbuds. I’m off road test the gear before it gets my official stamp of approval.

Off to run the roadway!

Pillow Sharing.....

Pillow Sharing…..

 

 

 

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Nervous Excitement

4 Days, 22 hours and 53 minutes from now I’ll be running in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Las Vegas. Rock & Roll

The sun will have set, the strip lights will illuminate the road and I’ll be in the thick of 40,000 participants. If you know me, you know I hate crowds but this will be a different because it’s not a show, it’s a marathon. I do not run to compete with others, I’m enough competition alone in my head. I challenge myself to prove it can be done. Can I do this? Will I do this? And the answer is  Hell Yes!

I’m nervous because it’s my first half marathon and it’s also why I’m excited. This distance is outside of my comfort zone, which is exactly what one needs to do in order to grow.

I’m feeling lazy so perhaps rest is best. No need to over analyze, no need to feel guilty and no need to compare myself to others, but I do. I want to be strict with myself but also want to let go, sleep in and see where the day takes me. It’s easy to get wrapped up in training plans, meal plans, logging miles and countless blog advice but I’m learning it’s best to tune into the body versus tuning in to what everyone else is doing. It’s great to learn from others but don’t forget to learn and listen to yourself, your body knows what it needs.  I can’t worry about what others are doing this week. Only I can doing the running and I’m sure I’ll do just fine.

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You gotta start somewhere…..

The DPRK is why I started running. Why???  Why not!

My husband and I decided to take an “off the beaten path” trip to North Korea. Yes, North Korea aka The DPRK.  How does one make such a crazy decision, well, let’s just say I’m up for almost any travel experience. Running in the DPRK

We booked our trip in October 2013 and we were scheduled to go in April 2014. Months leading up to the trip, we watched the news daily for anything involving North Korea, mostly unsettling news reports but one story intrigued me. The North Korean Marathon was taking place during the week of our trip and we thought it might be interesting to take part. My husband thought watching it would be kind of cool, then his crazy wife said, let’s run the 10k portion of the marathon. It was the first time in the history of the marathon they were allowing amateurs and Americans to participate, which meant running the streets of Pyongyang unescorted.  Who could say no to that!  I’d never run before this decision. I’ve gone to the gym over the years, seen a little progress but  I was pretty much bored of my usual routine and I had put on some newlywed weight.  On  January 24, 2014, we were officially the first Americans to sign up and the very next day, I said hello to Mister Treadmill. I had less than 3 months to prepare and I’m happy to say I completed the 10k in under 80 minutes. Since then, I’ve run in the 5k Bubble Run, the 5k Run or Dye and less than 14 days, I’ll be participating in the Rock & Roll half marathon.  I can’t wait to see where I go from here because a year ago, I would have never thought I would have gone to North Korea,I would have never thought I would be running and actually LOVING IT.

You gotta start somewhere……have fun with it!

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