Have you ever wanted to wander into the land of the crazies and run a half marathon? Running long distance can sometimes come with unexpected situations. I’ve compiled a list of the 13.1 things no one tells you about running a half marathon.
As I started out Sunday morning I was still a bit dizzy and not 100% myself (read more about that ). I figured I would run anyways, what the hell; I’ve trained to hard to give up now. The worse that happens is I don’t finish. The weather was perfect and the excitement was in the air. Everywhere you looked people where smiling and giddy to get started.
Howdy Folks! It’s been a rough few days for me since I’ve been fight off a flu bug. I thought I was better on Monday but it hit me again yesterday. With race day just around the corner I’m a bit nervous I won’t recover in time. I’m just going take it one day at a time and really, I still have 4 days
I’ve sat down at the computer numerous times in the last couple of days to put into words my experience at the Prairie Love Festival but honestly there are no words. I left the festival on Sunday evening feeling beyond inspired. Inspired to be better, better at being a mom, better at being myself, better at chasing my real goals. It’s hard to pinpoint the moment that made me feel different, it was a combination of little things that came together to make magic.
With fall fast approaching, I decided to put together a list of the top fall runs within Winnipeg to keep us all motivated with some goals in mind. I’ve included a variety of distances so there’s something for everyone.
As promised in Friday’s post (here) I have a few highlights from my two son’s birthday party this past weekend. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for an outdoor party! With the temperatures going into the mid 30’s, we decided to set up two kiddie pools and the slip n’ slide to keep the kids cool. We had a total of 12 kids running around pretending to be ninjas and it was totally awesome. Here are a few pictures of the Ninjago party.
Have you ever done a destination half marathon or dreamt about doing one? I was registered to run Seawheeze this year with one of my best friends but unfortunately I was unable to attend. I’m was super bummed but it is now on my bucket list to do one day and the reasons below make me want to do it even more. Sara was nice enough to put together at great list of why SeaWheeze is the race to run. She has run 13 half marathons and 2 of the 4 Lululemon SeaWheezes.
I have to admit, I’m on a bit of a high from the my weekend workout. I’m so grateful I was able to get away and enjoy such an epic experience of mind, body and surf. As some of you know, Chad went away for a guys trip for the weekend and I had to find a sitter for the boys. But here’s the thing, I’m finally okay with that. It has taken me 6 years to get to this point but I’m finally here. I’m letting go of all the mommy guilt and control over the situation. I knew my boys were in great hands (it totally helps that our babysitter rocks) and I never stressed over them while I was gone. It was so liberating!! Don’t get me wrong, I love being a mom but being a stay at home mom is a 24/7 job with no breaks. When I have small windows of opportunity to myself, well I take them. Whether it’s a short run in the evening or a whole weekend away, I’m learning to embrace them, guilt free. And no, that doesn’t make me a bad mom, quiet the opposite. My boys get to see me take time for myself being happy and enjoying life. I come back feeling energized and ready to deal with my crazy little life.
I had the pleasure of meeting Ainsley a few years ago at a local run club and we hit it off. I love when I meet like minded women who love to run. It’s great when you can chat while running and discuss ways to stay active even with our hectic lives as moms with small children. She has also been a great cheerleader along my journey with my blog and I thought it was appropriate for her to share her story on here. It’s a incredible story of overcoming obstacles and perseverance. It truly is inspirational and I hope you enjoy.
In the years that I have been a runner, I have never attempted the full distance. The half was always my jam – manageable, without a crazy commitment. As one person described it to me: a half is like a boyfriend that you’re sort of on and off with; it’s a commitment but not that major of one. You can skip a run here and there and not be in too much pain come race day. But the full – it’s best to be full-on committed. And so, way back sometime in March of this year, I full-on committed myself to run the 26.2 mile distance at the Manitoba Marathon on June 21. My (mostly) better half, Ty, also took the plunge and signed up with me – a full has always been on his bucket list, and, well, there’s no time like the present, right?
I love running! I somehow forgot that when I ran the Winnipeg police half marathon last month (race recap here). I had put a ton of pressure on myself to exceed my goal and when I fell short I was disappointed in my performance. This weekend reminded me what I had forgotten, that I don’t run to beat a time or win any prizes. Instead I run for the joy, the pleasure, the feeling of satisfaction of overcoming fears, crossing the finish line, meeting new friends and becoming part of a community. The finish time does not define me as a runner. I am no better then someone running 10:00 m/miles or worse then someone running 6:00 m/miles. We are all there for the same goal in mind, which is to cross the finish line.