Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Half Marathon Countdown!

It's that time of year again! Half marathon time. This will be my 4th half marathon. It's also about this time I wonder why I subject myself to this torture every year! :p

This is a repeat for some of you but some of my blogger followers are new so bear with me! My first half marathon was in 2006, before I started weight watchers (for the final time in 2007). The year before, my friend ran the full marathon and I helped her out by running the last half of that full marathon with her (hence a half marathon). This was 2005. Since I was able to do that, I figured I could do a regular half. And I did, in 2006. It took me 2 hours 55 mins.

Of course it was hard. I didn't do any type of training program and I'm not really a long distance runner naturally. And I have bad knees. And I was probably at least about 235 lbs. So yes, it was hard. But knowing I was able to do it gave me such a good feeling!

So that was it. I was hooked on half marathons. Unfortunately, I hurt my knee in early 2007 and didn't do much running that year, no half marathon. But my only goal when doing a half marathon is to first... finish it, and second... beat my previous time.

Here are how my times stack up so far:
2006 2:55
2008 2:39
2009 2:23

Do you see a trend? Each time I beat my previous time by 16 mins! That's huge actually! But this year, it's going to be hard to beat 2:23! My goal is between 2:15-2:20. You've got to have a goal!

I ran last night for the last time before my half marathon on Sunday. I wanted to do 8 miles. I ran 7.8 miles and walked the last .2 miles for a cool down. I was out for about 1 hr 30 mins. And I burned 1,000 calories (exactly!). At one point I looked to see how many calories I burned and it showed 666! I am a little devil sometimes! :)

Sorry for the boring running post. It's what's on my mind right now.

Friday night, I have a pasta dinner with the charity group for the run.
Saturday, I have to venture downtown to pick up my packet.
Sunday, 6:30 am is the run! Yes 6:30! I hate that, I'm soooooo not a morning person! But they want to do it before it gets too hot. Ugh!


  1. Hey, good luck with your half. I'm sure you'll do great! I'll be thinking of you. You can beat that time, no problem! JUST DO IT, right?

  2. You amaze me with your running! Good luck - I can't wait to hear all about it!!

  3. Thank you everyone!