First we post pictures of marathoning peeps and now we post Easter gift ideas. We know, a little overboard on Easter, but we can’t help it. We just got two of these books in the mail and we are a little excited about them 🙂 With spring right around the corner, why not use your Easter or Passover gifts to inspire healthy living?- plus they are only $12! Click here to check them out: http://www.wallyexercises.com/
I woke up at six o’clock this morning and headed out to Raleigh for The Chick-fil-A Race Series, a national running series that partners with Chick-fil-a restaurants across the country and benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation®. Since this is the second race of twenty Chick-fil-A Race Series locations, I thought I’d do a quick recap for those who are considering participating at another location.
The night before: What made this race especially interesting for me was that I had completely forgotten about it until the night before. Don’t judge my absentmindedness, most races send out an email reminder and I signed up for the event over a month ago. Maybe it’s all the basketball hype (Go Heels!), I don’t know, but for some reason it completely slipped my mind. Luckily someone, I’m guessing Christy, had remembered the date for me and posted a “Good Luck, Erin” post on the blog. I’m so happy that the Tribe James blog is proving to be not only an effective motivation tool, but also a great tool for making sure we all keep up our training.
Waking up: I could hear the rain before I even got out of bed this morning. So the first thing I did was check the weather. This is what it looked like:
I’m fine with running in the rain so long as it’s not cold, but I’m not fine running in a thunderstorm. I decided to have a little hope and got dressed and headed out to Raleigh anyway. Since I had signed up for the 5K course, I was also able to have a tiny cup of coffee and a miniature bowl of cereal (I wanted a banana, but I didn’t have any 😦 ).
Packet pick-up and pre-race atmosphere: I love packet pick-up. I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it’s true. When I line up to get my packet and bib, a tiny shiver of excitement shoots down my spine and I start doing little jumps. Unlike the MCM, packet pick-up for 5ks and 10Ks are usually the morning of the race, not the day before. For this race you had to pick up your bib by 7:50. My only complaint is that I had to wait in the A-M line, which was the only line with a ton of people waiting. I really don’t think A through M was a good range for one line, but everyone around me was in a cow costume or t-shirt so I really couldn’t be upset. Plus, the ladies at the tent were super smiley and efficient so I was very pleased. In the packet was a coupon for Chick-fil-A, some Carolina Hurricane decals, a tire pressure gauge, two pens and an athletic tee (shirt pic below).
My siblings and I are extremely close. Not once have we ever considered each other less than a full sibling. Even though we’re separated by a name it doesn’t mean we love each other any less or any differently. I haven’t ever once felt alienated by my siblings, but when we run I’m running for them and their dad.
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, but it’s simply because the first few weeks of training were absolutely draining & challenging for me. It’s hard to not be frustrated with yourself when you just want to keep pushing, but every muscle in your body is aching and you’re mentally drained. I felt this way last week and I couldn’t help but take a few days off before I got back into the groove. This morning I had an amazing workout and I actually walked home from the gym. PROUD.
I realized that taking only three days off had an effect on my workout. Yet, I believe it is both mentally and physically healthy to give your body a rest. Especially when my St. Patty’s day weekend looked something like this:
But that also resulted in me looking like this on my first day back at the gym:
I love looking back at my past race pictures. There’s such a feeling of accomplishment when I see those stolen “proof” shots (what can I say? I was a broke post-college kid for most of my marathons). But this particular picture means so much to me.
It was taken at my second marathon, the race I finished with my brother, the first time we ran for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation… but it’s more than that. It’s when I realized that my running could inspire other people.
You see, a year earlier at my first marathon, my brother had told me, “I’m going to run the next one with you.” And, honestly, I thought “Yeah right.” I didn’t think anyone would ever want to go through something so crazy with me. Especially my non-running little brother.
However. Not only did Kyle run the race with me, he helped me achieve a marathon PR.
And we ran the entire way together, even though his pace was about 2 minutes quicker than mine. And I just can’t thank him enough. Crossing the finish line that day is one of my favorite memories.
Knowing that I’ll cross the 10K finish line with my ENTIRE family this October? I can’t even imagine how amazing that will feel. Looking forward to it, you guys 🙂
I’m not an expert on running, but here is a list of things that I either wish I had known before my first race or that I was thankful someone told me before my first race.
1. That your arms can hurt worse than your legs while running and that chanting and music are amazing cures
Despite all of my efforts to cross-train, my arms remain pathetic twigs. Because of this, and because of my “sports-induced asthma,” my arms and my breath tend to give out before my legs whenever I run for more than twenty minutes. During mile 6 of my first 10K, when I thought I couldn’t breathe, I started chanting to in my head like a Bhikkhuni. It went like this, “My legs will get me there, my breath will catch up.” I repeated this over and over again in my head until the end of the race and it worked so well that I’ve used “chanting” ever since. It may sound psychotic but like Kyle said, “thinking about running is harder than running” – and chanting in my head keeps my mind off of what I’m actually doing.
Chanting is for desperate times so before I pull it out of my bag of tricks, I usually try a song. This Mumford and Sons song is my “magic juice” right now.
2. That running can make nipples bleed
I would have been less shocked during my first 10K if someone would have warned me that nipples bleed during races. Marthoning men should get to wear sports bras without getting made fun of. This is just not fair:
The girl in orange can’t believe it
3. That it’s harder to stop running and start again in the middle of a race than it is to keep running
This is what will happen to you if you stop moving during a race
It’s harder to stop running in the middle of a race than it is to just keep running – even if it looks like you are hobbling. If I were to stop running and start walking, I would never be able to start running again. Just trust me on this one, don’t be like Kitty.
Also, if you ever want to get up or move again after running farther/faster than usual, you should walk around for a few minutes before you completely stop. Coming to a complete stop after running for so long seriously hurts and makes me feel like I’m going to faint.