July 5, 2010

Update - it's about time!

I've been really lame with blogging lately. I just hate it. I really really hate blogging. But then again, I have so many friends and family that I don't get to see very often that all ask the same questions and I know it's very convenient to update everyone in this manner. So I love blogging for that reason. But I have a hard time being motivated. Anyway, this is going to be a super boring post, but I just wanted to update my progress so I could I could look back at it later and see how far I've come.

I've been running.

A lot.

To be honest it's been hard on me. Emotionally and mentally more than physically. The smallest things make me doubt myself. And I get discouraged easily. But I'm not quitter. So I power through.

The past 3 weeks have been really difficult. I have a half marathon coming up in 2 weeks, and I haven't felt ready. I run on my own every day. It gets boring and lonely and it's hard to go it alone sometimes. But my new shoes rock and the weather's nice, so that's always good.

2 weeks ago I hit a wall. I had an 11 mile run. My in laws were all visiting so we were going to run together! We got about 6 miles in and I had a horrible allergic reaction to something we had passed. At about mile 7 my allergies triggered a horrible asthma attack. I ran one more mile and knew instantly I was spent. I went home discouraged after cutting our run short by 3 miles. After that every short training run I went on I would have an asthma attack. I finally went to my doctor and he gave me some really great prescriptions, and I am pleased to say they are working very well!

This weekend we came down to St. George to have a birthday party for my Trevor baby, and we all woke up at 4:30 to run 12 miles (my first long run since the bad run). It was AWESOME!!!! The combination of being at a lower elevation, having an inhaler, and running with a group of people did wonders for me, and I broke my 10 minute mile record - I ran at a 9.5 minute mile pace!!! Woooooooooo hooooooooooo! We finished the 12 miles in about 2 hours. It felt amazing and I now feel ready for the Bryce Canyon half.

I ran four miles today - a lot of hills. It was harder than the 12 but I know it was good for training. In summation: 12 miles = good. Nimbus gels = awesome. Running with family and friends = rockin. Me = kick butt.

Thanks for listening!