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just do it, rock ‘n’ roll style

20 May

Ten weeks ago (literally to the day), completing a half marathon (without walking…in under 2 hours…) was absolutely out of the question. Two miles was a “productive” run, but it was a looming Bucket List item I knew I wanted to complete eventually.

Enter: Competitor Group. I had been thinking (just thinking, certainly not acting) about running more, and all of the sudden the opportunity to run Portland’s inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon presented itself. Some stroke of craziness came over me and I committed myself to the race. I was locked in, and started training the next day. I waved goodbye the usual elliptical/stair master gym routine and met my new best friend/nemesis, el treadmill.

I found the following program on running.about.com (real fancy) and followed it almost to a tee:

1. Rest, 2.5 mi, CT, 3 mi, Rest, 5 mi, 20-30 min EZ run or cross-train

2. Rest, 3 mi, CT, 4 mi, Rest, 6 mi, 20-30 min EZ run or cross-train

3. Rest, 3 mi, CT, 3 mi, Rest, 7 mi, 30 min EZ run or cross-train

4. Rest, 4 mi, CT, 4 mi, Rest, 8 mi, 30 min EZ run or cross-train

5. Rest, 4 mi, Rest, 4 mi, CT, 9 mi, 30 min EZ run or cross-train

6. Rest, 4 mi, CT, 3 mi, Rest, 10 mi, 30 min EZ run or cross-train

7. Rest, 5 mi, CT, 4 mi, Rest, 11 mi, Rest

8. 30 min EZ run or cross-train, 4 mi, Rest, 3 mi, CT, 12 mi, 30 min EZ run or cross-train

9. Rest, CT, Rest, 3 mi, CT, 5 mi, 30 min EZ run or cross-train

10. Rest, 2 mi, 20 minutes, Rest, 20 minutes, Race Day!, Rest Day!

I obviously didn’t complete those in red. During week 7 I went on vacation and there was just no way you were going to drag me away from the pool to go on a run…yeah right. Some things are more important, and enjoying vacation is definitely one of those things. Week 8 I was just too lazy to do the long run. Oh well, shit happens.

The race was this morning, and I met my personal goals of a) finishing the race without walking and b) finishing in under 2 hours. It feels damn good, and completing (even with a few snafus) a training program and following through with the race, especially having not been a runner, is a huge accomplishment. Bucket list item officially checked off.

What’s next? Trying to convince myself to actually wear my yoga pants to a yoga class. Oh, and eating some cookies (doi). Treat yo’self.

post-race. thanks for coming, amy!

PS: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half was awesome. Really fun, and I enjoyed both the chosen route and bands along the way. They even had Chris Rene from The Voice perform at the end. An added bonus, of course.

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