Run Report...& Winners!

Well, it was a tough run Saturday. We did 12 miles in a place called "The Hills". Guess what, it was hilly! I ran up hill, after hill, after hill. It was hot, and humid, which I hate. I was chased by two dogs, which I hate. I almost beat the girl with the target on her back, but I didn't. My coach did say he thought I was getting faster, which is good.
Here's the problem...I can feel it in my bones...I am not doing enough. I am doing a lot, but I just don't think it's enough. I need to run a 3 hour and 50 min. marathon in order to qualify for Boston. Anything over that, and it's no Boston Marathon for you, try again next year...thank you for playing.
I have a half marathon to run next Sunday (13.1 miles). I need to break 2 hours in this race. The course is flat, and the run starts at 6:30 in the morning. No hills, no heat. I need to run under 2 hours to build my confidence. I need to know I can run this fast. It breaks down to a 9 minute mile pace.
The thing about it is, you need to hit that start line knowing you can do it. If you don't know in your bones that you have this one, your mind will give your body permission to fail. You start making deals with yourself during the race (I'll slow down for one mile, then kick in on the next mile...). It never happens, once you start bargaining with yourself, the game is off.
I am running 4 days a week, and swimming 2 days a week. I need to add weights into the mix, twice a week. So, I am going to ask my coach what weights I need to do for running (I'll keep you posted on it). Right now, it's just not enough...but we'll see how I do next Sunday. That will tell me if I'm on the right track...(keep your fingers crossed)

Totally unrelated front...WINNERS!
The $50 gift certificate to Good for the Kids is...
ShaunJoy from Tales from O'Toole

The two EZ School Pack winners are...
Ohmommy from Classy Chaos and
SweetPeas from Broad Horizons

Thanks everyone for participating, I hope to have more giveaways in the future...Free stuff = good!


  1. wow- good job! I'm trying to train for my first marathon with 3 kids at home... and I'm not exactly sure how to do it. Keep it up girl! Happy running!

  2. Congrats y'all and Fabulous to you!!!

  3. now wait one minute. I entered and entered and entered and entered for nothing. And btw, have you seen what OhMommy is giving away on her blog? I deserve free pencils, not her! LOL!

    No really, I am just kidding..Congrats to everyone. Contests are always so much fun!

    Best of luck hitting your goals. You are doing a great job and I completely know what you mean about your mind giving your body permission to fail. Darn mind!

  4. WOW, I can't run 1 mile in an hour without feeling like death, so anyone who runs marathons has my admiration!
    Congrats to all the winners!

  5. I found your blog, about a week ago, and i love reading about your running adventures.

    I grew up swimming, and even did a year at college swimming long distance. so i know what it means to pace, and push really had for a long time!

    Also, i ran a 1/2 marathon a few years ago. I did it in 2 hours and 6 minutes and i didn't have a CLUE to what i was you can totally make it under 2 hours!

    I am all excited to see how you do...

  6. Great running story. You will prevail. Good Luck next Sunday.

  7. You're doing a good job! And pushing yourself the way you are will definitely get you to the Boston Marathon.

  8. You are such an inspiration girl!

    And congrats to the winners. I'm jealous of the EZ supplies...

  9. How much time do you have left to train? It just sounds like so much. I can't believe you are doing all of that. It is just amazing.
    I know you really want to qualify, but MAN! You should be SO PROUD of yourself regardless. Seriously!!!

  10. Wow - I'm pooped just thinking about all that running that you're doing! And a half marathon next week - with a time under 2 hours? Holy awesome batman!

    My brother just ran the SF marathon last weekend. I still have to find out how he did...

    Good luck with your training.

  11. You WILL break two hours. You WILL qualify for Boston. I know it's corny, but if you visualize it over and over again--if you see yourself crossing the finish line and looking at the big timer clock reading the time YOU WANT, then your mind WILL MAKE IT HAPPEN. I totally believe this. Make your goal you mantra and keep seeing it over and over again. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!

  12. Okay seriously? I bet you can do it girl! I know it! ME? I would be DEAD at the beginning of the race.
    I hhave confidence in you!
    And congrats to all of the winners!

  13. Congrats to you! I could never do all that you do.

  14. I always knew you were in the running!

  15. yes you have to believe you can do it, and you have to believe that if you don't do it, it is NO big deal either.

  16. You can TOTALLY do it! I believe in you!

  17. You're like my running hero! I can only dream of a 9 minute mile at this point. I'm lucky to run an 11 min mile. I'll catch you one day =)


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