() This list of half marathon training essentials comes to you from someone who grew up walking the Presidential Physical Fitness Test mile and turned into a running junkie. While I’ve been running for five years with a Half Marathon medal hanging in my house, I’m no expert but want to share as I go.
Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh this May – with weekly updates. ()
On the training front, this week was sort of quiet. I didn’t make any huge leaps and bounds on my time, I didn’t feel disappointed. I did, however, have a nightmare that we were late to the starting line and I was left just in front of the sweep car. Eek.
Have you ever been disappointed in yourself? Sickened by what you saw in the mirror? That was me just about six years ago. I was at my heaviest weight and scared for the person I’d become. That’s why I started running, and why I refuse to be stopped. Follow along with me as I share my half marathon journey – I’ll be running my second half in Pittsburgh this May – with weekly updates. ()
People who have visited us since the twins were born have commented that both Greg and I seem relaxed and have this parenthood thing down. These people don’t see me zombie my way to the nursery for middle of the night feedings or cry when my incision is being dressed, but they are right. And my theory as to why? In 2011, I set out on a journey to better health. I lost 130 pounds and gained a lot more self love than I had before (and I had a lot even at my heaviest because I couldn’t see my weight issue and thought I was just fine). This journey led me to running, eventually training for and running the 2013 Pittsburgh Half Marathon. I believe this lifestyle change attributed to my healthy pregnancy and being ready to welcome twins. In turn, I can easily compare training for the Half to being a mom to newborn twins.
Even in the cold winter weather, Western Pennsylvania is a great place to get out and be active. (And after you indulged in all the deliciousness of yesterday’s food, I am sure you probably are like me and wanting to get out move a little bit, right?) UnitedHealthcare is bringing their campaign, Western PA Pride, to our area just in time to motivate you to get out and do something active in your community.
In just about 2 weeks, the obstacle-running enthusiasts of the world will likely have their eyes turned to the 2014 Spartan Race Triple Crown and the World Championship Race in Killington Vermont on September 20th. Or maybe you’re one of the people tuned into NBC’s series on the Spartan Race and dream about wanting to do one of these races yourself.
If you follow me on Facebook, I know some of you are probably like “oh, no. Not another Becky post”…
BUT I have to share the fillings my cup got last week, and that means more and more sharing from this shareaholic. More about my daily life (which isn’t always gravy, and you need to see that side of me). More about the kids (have you liked my blog Facebook page?). More about the bags and accessories I am obsessed with. More about the God who made me, molded me, and saved me (and proved to Greg Willis and I TWO TIMES yesterday that He has our back). And more about my fit life and, yup, weight loss and motivation for YOU to be the healthy you that’s right for you.
It is #NationalRunningDay, so of course this is a running post!
I love 54 degree run days.
I love the fact I ran now and can option in a yoga workout later.
I love my Under Armor shoes.
I love my run path.
I hate hip pain.
I hate having asthma.
I hate humidity.
I hate lost GPS signals.
I hate I only had time for 2 miles today.
Sometimes, dealing with my anger has a positive impact. On Sunday, I was running behind getting out the door for a run.
I tried to sneak out, but Evan woke up. Greg was visibly irritated that I was awake but not dealing with him, but I need to run when my inhaler is ready. I actually yelled at Evan to hush and I would get him breakfast when I got downstairs, but I wasn’t moving fast enough. Greg had to get up and handle the situation.
I heard something profound this week. Something that really stuck out to me.
Give yourself permission to be a better me so you’ll have a better we.
It hit home, and ever since, I have been rolling those words around in my head.
Over the past few days, that has meant that I put time on my calendar for me.