Hello! Hope your Wednesday is going great. I taught Body Combat this morning and had a sweaty good time with my class (as always). I just love how no matter how challenging (or great) my morning starts out, I always leave class happier, a bit saner and have a general feeling of awesomeness.
So like I mentioned I ran my fourth half marathon on Sunday, yay! [Side note: a new gal came to my combat class today and told me she is a big time runner and ran 22 half marathons last year. That is nuts!] Back to Sunday. I ran the 13.1 mile Vancouver Lake Half Marathon with my gal pals Megan and Laura. I was so much fun running with these ladies! My mom came to cheer us on and captured pictures. There are so many reasons I like this race (it was my 3rd time running it). Let me tell you five of them:
- super flat course
- about 5 minutes from my house
- the way the course is laid out with 3 out and backs lets you see your cheerleaders a lot without them having to move around to different spots
- it’s inexpensive
- it’s a small race
Megan and I we were super stoked and ready to go. The temperature was perfect – about mid to upper 40s I believe plus fog – no rain! We met up with Laura and took our spot in the port-a-potty line. Pre-run necessity.
Our next out and back added 6 more miles on. Double thumbs up continue! I was still feeling great, except I could tell my bladder was filling up. Gummy bears were around the corner and I was so thankful for that since I forgot to bring any dried fruit to snack on.
We pushed through another 3 mile out and back taking us to 12 miles. I was right by the potties but with only a mile to go I knew I couldn’t stop. We were so close! Although my hips, knees and ankles were hurting, it wasn’t as bad as I remember it being years back. I never felt like I needed to give up.
This definitely felt like my strongest half marathon. While it wasn’t my fastest (although it was my second fastest), I physically felt like I was able to handle it really well. My body recovered super well from it and I didn’t have major soreness. Even though my training started only 10 weeks before the race and my training was spotty at best (1-2 runs a week with some time skipped while on vacation), I felt really good running it. So even though my running training was mediocre, my well rounded fitness routine stayed consistent and continued to challenge my body. Personally I feel like the combination of fitness yoga 3-4x a week, body pump/strength 3x a week and combat 1x a week helped my body to be ready for the physical demand that 13.1 miles puts on it. Throw in the training runs and increased mileage and I was ready for it! I still feel so excited about how great I felt after. Also, the massage I got yesterday sure didn’t hurt. 🙂
What is your workout routine like? Heavy in certain areas or balanced? I’d love to hear about it!