Friday, December 28, 2012

Pre Half Marathon

I've never ran a 1/2 marathon before.  Honestly, I never thought that I would in my entire life.  I never thought I would be a runner to be completely honest.  Yet here I am not only a runner, but soon to be a half marathoner!  I'm so nervous and excited at the same time.  I have a 5k (Glow Run Omaha) and a 5k mud obstacle run (Mud Factor Omaha) under my belt why couldn't I just be happy with just 5k's?  To be honest, they aren't far enough now.  I am running 3.5 miles to 5 miles on my "normal" weekend runs and I still want MORE.  I am getting in 2.5 miles to 3.5 miles on my lunch break at work.  I've even started using the Zombies, Run! 5k app to entertain myself some while I run and I plan on getting the full app as well. (Review to come when I complete the training.)

Back to the topic at hand, the 1/2 marathon that I am running.  It's hosted by a group called the RunningNerds.  How fitting since my fiance calls me a computer nerd/geek all of the time.  The run is a virtual one in which you sign up, you are given a time frame to run it in, you map your own route, run it on your own time in your own location with whom you want, you time yourself using any means that you have (recommended is a tracking app like Endomondo or MapMyFitness), and then you report your time to the site they give you.  You still get the swag that you normally would from a run.  You can see mine below.  You get to skip out on registration day of and parking fees (unless you park where you are not supposed to).

I ran over 6 miles between yesterday's lunch and today's lunch runs.  Tomorrow is going to be a rest day for me so that I don't overdue it and can't perform to the level that I hope I can.  Especially since of the 4 of us that are running 2 of the guys are former active duty Marines and 1 is active duty Army and just got back from a deployment in which he did lot's of running.  Oh yeah, and one of the Marines is not only doing Crossfit, but he is also in school to become a personal trainer.  And me, well the closest I came to the military was to become a Cadet Colonel in the IA-951 Air Force Junior ROTC at Abraham Lincoln High School.  So, I've probably got a challenge ahead of me with what I am running with, but they are awesome friends and I wouldn't want to do this with anyone else.

So, until my post race recap I bid you a good day and happy trails behind you!

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