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One Year.

In 2012, California, endurance, Fitness, Half Marathon, Life, Marathon, Moving, Running, San Diego on October 13, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Stepping away from fitness for a minute…

I’ve been in San Diego a year now. Man, how time flies! In 7 short years, we’ve lived in three states. North Carolina, Virginia, and now California. Virginia/D.C. is where our daughter was born and will always be “home” I think for us. But San Diego is a close, close second. It’s hard thinking about moving. Crossing fingers, that won’t be for a long time!

I’ve never been good at building relationships, because all good things come to an “end” a.k.a we move a lot. We’ve said “see you laters” to a lot of amazing co-workers and friends. It’s bittersweet, the Navy provides a great lifestyle, but so much is temporary.

I was skeptical of San Diego and California in general. But this is an amazing career opportunity for my husband and I just knew this was where we were supposed to be.

I have to say, San Diego has been amazing so far. Mostly, because of the people I’ve built relationships with. I’ve met some incredible people, people who have welcomed me and never once made me feel like an outsider. I found an amazing running/triathlete group who trained me through my first full marathon. The connection you make through endurance running is one like no other. They are just as crazy as you are, people who just want to live their life to the fullest.

A small portion of our group.

We do so much more than run. We give back to our running community through volunteer work and time. It’s been such a fullfilling year, just because of these incredible people.

Getting ready to rock 13.1.

1st race here in San Diego!

It’s been a great running year for me.

San Diego & AFC half marathon.

San Diego ‘Rock & Roll’ full marathon.

ACT! for Autism 10k – 44:58 time. Placing 1st in my age group and 3rd overall female.

My first duathlon, placing 3rd in my age group!

Finishing out the year with Ragnar Relay and just signed up for Carlsbad Marathon the end of January. 26.2 here I come (again)!

I did a 10 mile training run this morning. Finished with an 8:30 pace, very happy with that. It’s the pace I’m shooting for during Ragnar. 

My Reebok #getafterit t-shirt.

Wore this new shirt during my run, it held up nicely. You can buy one here. It’s not a true technical running t-shirt, but it held up nicely and I love the message on the back. Reminding me to ‘Get After It’.

 

How minimalist shoes saved my running.

In endurance, Half Marathon, Marathon, Running on September 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Earlier running days…

I am a runner. I’m not exactly sure at which moment I considered myself one. Maybe it was the very first run or maybe it wasn’t until I felt the agony of a 20 mile training run. But today, I am a runner. And I say that, because I truly love running. A year ago, I couldn’t say that.

A year ago, I took almost 4 months off from running. I was so frustrated from injury after injury. I said enough and bought a road bike. (lol) I literally didn’t run from September through December last year. I had to re-group and re-focus. Then I was introduced to minimalist running.

I technically started running in February 2011. I trained for 4 months for my first half-marathon. I stayed injury free for most of those 4 months and had a great first half-marathon experience. A week after running that race, I was in the Dr’s office with the most intense shin splints. Keep in mind, I had not yet experienced shin splints before. Luckily, my Dr was also a marathoner and was able to sympathize with my agony. She sent me for x-rays, my left shin was literally bruised. I just KNEW it was fractured. Thankfully, I was wrong and a fracture never showed up. My shin stayed bruised for three weeks after that race though.

The next four months I was in and out of my Dr’s office and had MORE x-rays because I just could not get rid of these nasty shin splints. My Dr. gave me endless amounts of advice. I visited three different running speciality shops to assess my gait, stride, all the technicalities of running. They all reassured me I was in the right shoes. I was keeping a running journal and for the most part didn’t run more than 5 miles after my half-marathon. I started cross-training, to build my core muscles. I felt like I was doing everything right, but running was just agony. So in September, I just quit. Oh, except for in my true running ignorance I signed up for ANOTHER half-marathon and full marathon for June 2012. But I had just quit running. June was a long ways away, right?

Wrong.

I knew, there had to be SOMETHING that would make running more enjoyable for me. By this time, we had already moved to San Diego, and I was close to purchasing my first road bike.

Now, I’m a supinator, which I firmly believe, along with the shoes that everyone kept telling me to use, was the culprit of my shin splints. I would have never argued with all those nice, running specialist who were trying to help me, but I just knew to my core I was in the wrong shoes.

My husband actually suggested I try minimal shoes (which he runs in). So I purchased a pair of Merrell pace gloves. In January 2012, I started running again. Just 2-3 miles at first. I found my love for running again. Switching to minimal and completely changing my running style saved my running. I was running faster and stronger. All pain free. I was also running smarter. I quit worrying about the quantity of miles and focused on the quality of my running (I know, cheesy). I ended up visiting another running speciality store, because I wanted a runner to explain minimal style running to me. Runners are either ALL for it or ALL against it. Some people don’t understand why I wear them and that’s ok. I once again was put on a treadmill running for the experts. They confirmed my supination and looked at my Asics I had been running in and told me sometimes cushioned shoes can make supination worse. My reply of course, I KNEW it!  By switching to forefoot striking, I eliminated the stress up my tibia.

I ran from January to June, shin splint free. I also bought the New Balance Minimus road shoes, which I ran my marathon in. I am a firm believer in minimalist style running for myself.

That’s my running story. I plan on running Tennessee Ragnar Relay in November and finishing out the year with one more half-marathon.

Happy Feet!

Run this town.

In Half Marathon, Running on May 19, 2011 at 1:13 am

As many people know a little over a year ago I started on a quest to “get fit”. Long story short, I lost 40 lbs in about 8 months and maintained my “goal” weight along with building muscle. After reaching the goal I of course started setting new ones…one of them being – running. I’ve never considered myself a runner (at ALL). I could never pace myself and therefore never really enjoyed it. But I was determined to run. So in January I signed up for a Half Marathon…crazy right? I couldn’t run more than about 3 miles at the time, but that didn’t stop me…only 10 more to add on. Easy! I joined a gym and started training. My timing has never been perfect. I decided to take on running while my husband was away training. So my daughter joined me on most of my outside runs…that was hard. I didn’t enjoy those runs pushing her…but she was always perfect, so I shouldn’t complain. She made me faster and stronger! My first “training” run was 2.25 miles and my average pace was 11:29…27 minutes. Just 2 months later I ran 6 miles at a 9:11 pace…I was getting better/faster and was so encouraged by my progress. Shortly after that I ran my first road race, a 5k (3.1 miles) benefiting The Wounded Warriors Project. I averaged an 8:06 mile and couldn’t have been more happy with my 26 minute finish.

The Wounded Warriors 5k Race
Just 2 months after that race, I finished my first ever Half Marathon!!!!! And I’m proud to say I ran EVERY step of it. Up until the race, my longest run had only been 10 miles. But I felt that I would be able to finish it and tried not to worry. My goal was 2 hours, that didn’t happen, but I really don’t care. I finished in 2:15:58…I was thrilled. Just 4 short months ago this was just a dream. Running has changed my life. It’s helped me live healthier and I hope I’m setting an example for my daughter. I hope from my running/training that she learns to work hard towards her dreams and strives to be her personal best. 26.2 here I come!!!!!