Friday, October 29, 2010

Running Update - I'm officially a runner now!

With 71 days until the half marathon (!!!!), I finally consider myself a runner.

Two weeks ago, I saw a friend/coworker wearing an Army 10-miler shirt. I asked if he was planning to run, and he replied "I thought about it, but 10 miles is just too long."  Without even thinking, I asked if he wanted to sell me his slot!

My longest run had been my 7 mile run a few weeks ago.  7 miles felt incredible, but my following training schedule should have only been around 8.  But, I didn't care.  I made up my mind to run the Army 10-Miler.

I told everyone I knew that I was going to run the race.  I checked with all my "real runner" coworkers (crazy marathoners..) that I wouldn't be killing my training skipping from 7 to 10.  The answer was always "just don't push too hard, consider it training, and you'll be fine."  So, that's what I did.

I completed my APFT (Army physical fitness test) with a comfortable 2 mile run, did another run a few days after, and rested as much as possible while still entertaining a 10 month old the day before the race.
Before the race

Sunday, October 24th, I woke up around 5:45 and left Suburbia for a coworkers house at 6.  I luckily found a few other friends/coworkers (when you're in the Army, you know a lot of people that like to run for hours and hours.. it's weird, I know) to start the race with.  The gun sounded, and we headed off in the masses.

I can't say it felt great.  I can't say I felt so motivated that I ran faster than normal.  I can DEFINITELY not say that I felt so accomplished I want to sign up for a marathon.  But, I can say that I completed a 10 mile run in under 2 hours.  1:56:55 to be exact.  I walked 1 minute in between every mile and walked/stretched a little extra in mile 9 because - well, I was in a LOT of pain by then.  And with over 2 months to go, I know I will be ready for my first half marathon.

After the race
I'm still telling pretty much everyone about the race.  I'm damn proud of myself.  My body is still a little mad at me (where is that ice pack again?), but I'll get over that.

Not really sure when I decided that I'm not just trying to run.  Maybe it's all in my head.  But, I'm officially a runner.  I can run a 5k on a whim and go out for a nice "enjoyable" jog a few times a week.

Anyone interested in joining me for a Disney half marathon?

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I am in the process of getting ready for a marathon, I just haven't been able to convince my husband we should take a quick trip down for the Princess Half Marathon, but we'll see. I may have to try to convince him for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, then I can run and stuff myself afterwards and not feel guilty! :-)

    By the way, Natalie from Meet the Magic and I are trying to organize something with a few Disney Bloggers and weren't sure if you'd be interested. If you want to send me your e-mail address, I'll send you the information. My e-mail is

  2. Holy cow--that is awesome Jenn!!! Congratulations. Wow. I am so impressed, and with a 10 month old! I can't imagine being in shape enough to do that in 10 months. You are so inspiring!