alternate title: I succumbed to peer pressure
alternate/alternate title: My running team badgered me about running a half marathon on Sunday until I gave in & signed up.
Most of those alternate titles are true. The 10th annual Holiday Halfathon is this Sunday and a big group of the Striders are running. I was the only loser from my group of people I run with that isn’t running. I was holding strong until badgergeddeon of 2011 occurred on facebook.
Somehow an innocent, “I will on the sidelines cheering for you” turned into 3 different facebook status and many comments of “C’mon Jena, just do it.” “You know you want to.” and so on & so forth. These people are serious. I held strong until about 4:30 …. okay, that’s a lie. I actually called Chris around lunch time, and then one other time to ask if him if he minded if I signed up. But don’t tell my Strider friends that I was already weakening so early in the game.
In all seriousness, I feel no pressure for this race. I wouldn’t run if I didn’t want to. I’m really not so weak that I can’t tell a bunch of relentless women, and one very relentless leader that I don’t want to run.
I’m well aware that I just ran a half-marathon on Sunday. I feel no pressure to PR or even try to PR. I have plans to run with Mrs. Tracey and hopefully cross the finish line in approximately 1hr 52 minutes…. if all goes well. If not, well, I’ll see ya when I see ya. I will not kill myself at this race. I just won’t.
I really need this spiffy looking starfish medal, don’t you think?
After work today I had to go to the post office – ugh, I’m definitely going to try to avoid that place until after Christmas! Then I headed home to get in a good 4 mile run. My left glute has been a little sore since that Bob Harper work out I did on Tuesday, so I wasn’t sure how my run would go.
I am pleased to say that I didn’t have any issues & I had a really successful run. I didn’t have plan in mind, just wanted to run & see how my legs were feeling.
To bad mile 1 was so slow, I could have had a super speedy average. Say hey to that sub 8 mile 3, “Heyyyyyyy.” I like it when those sub 8’s show up to the party. I felt really good on this run. No fatigue, or pain. The weather has cooled down for a few days, so the air was nice & crisp. Breathing was good, no side/abdominal cramps (yay). I tried to focus on my form – relaxing my shoulders, but keeping them straight up instead of slouched over.
I’ve noticed after my last two half-marathon’s I could barely lift my left arm. I think I get so tense and keep my arms really tight while I run. It was really bad after the Women’s Half, not as bad after the Brandon half. So today I tried to focus on keeping my upper body loose, but in good form.
Do your arms/upper body ever feel sore after a tough run, or half-marathon?
That can’t just be me.
On Saturday I’m heading up to Leesburg with my sister & her kids for a little 1 mile fun run with my niece. I was talking to Stacey today and she said that Kailyn would rather run up & down the sidewalk then ride her bike. She likes to “practice” running. Apparently she runs laps around the PE field at her school, and really likes it.
This made me oddly excited! I can’t wait to get her into a 5k one day, but for now we are going to try out the 1 mile fun run. Since I’m running the half on Sunday I decided not to do the 5k that is associated w/ the fun run. I’ll just do the one mile with Kailyn & have a good time! I can’t WAIT to see how she does!
Me(crazy hair), Kailyn, Stacey & Aidyn with those rockin’ red socks
If you have kids, do they like to do the fun runs? Have they done a full 5k? Kailyn is 7, I think she could do a 5k, right? How do you train a 7yr old to do a 5k?