4.10.2013

Half Marathon Experiences


Deciding to run my first three half marathons were easy, 1. I wanted to prove I could do it 2. I wanted to beat my time 3. I wanted to beat my time….again {but didn’t}. There is something decidedly less exciting about running a race you haven’t REALLY prepped for, not to say that I’m not still in shape, but I just haven’t logged the hours of training I did with the first three. Those hours spent sweating are part of the experience.


With my first half I was still pretty overweight and I ran a 12 minute mile, but I sure did get my butt out and run 5x a week. I felt like throwing up I was so nervous on the way there, the race was smallish so everyone looked more in shape than I was, I started to really get nervous!  I walked around for a bit than started towards the start line and chatted it up with some of the women around me. Let me tell you it PAYS to be friendly, one lady told me the first few miles where hilly, thank goodness because after the first hill I thought about quitting, but I just kept telling myself it would get easier.  I kept looking behind me because I felt like everyone was passing me and I was going to be dead last. Several times I wanted to walk, but I was keeping pace with a lady who was at least 60 and I told myself if she can do this so can you!!  My finish time was 2:27 and DANG was I proud, that ‘on top of the world’ feeling is what fueled me to run another one.



The next one I did was the Dallas Rock and Roll, it was expensive, but I have to say worth every penny. I went solo, my husband’s not really into waking up early to stand around for 2 hours in a mob of people. The race was very organized and I loved the course, I felt good the entire run despite how warm it was out. I killed my previous time and came in at 2:03! I met up with a classmate after, but didn’t stay very long. I have to say it kinda sucks knowing none of your peeps are there cheering for you.



The third half I ran was the White Rock Dallas Half Marathon, I was DYING to beat my time, but it just didn’t happen. 2:03 AGAIN. Not even a minute faster, hahahha. That was probably the most fun I’ve had at a race because I went with Brandi and met up with Allie and her hubs {they totes just finished their first halves!!} I was feeling pretty sick with a sinus headache and a super stuffy nose, but I powered through thanks to Mucinex.



This weekend will be my fourth half and I still get nervous, I don’t know why, it’s just running. The decision to sign up was a spur of the moment thing, but I’m glad I did it. I’m excited to see if my cross training will pay off, I’m excited to run it with new friends, I’m excited to meet up with readers afterward and EAT. Oh you better believe SkinnyMeg will be chowing down after ☺ If you want to meet up with us email me at skinnymeg@ymail.com



Now, I’m trying new things before this race, like resting for TWO whole days before. Like no cardio or lifting weights at all, in fact I have a 2 hour massage planned for Saturday morning where I plan on having her spend an hour on my lower body. My glutes are TIGHT. I've never rested much before a race, I know it's important, so Brandi has strict orders to keep me out of the gym!

I also bought some shorts to run in, I’ve never run a half in shorts because chafing is a B, but I’m going to use some Glide on those suckers so hopefully that will help.



Compression socks: due to the fact that it’s soccer season my shins and ankles are sore. I wrap both of my ankles when I play soccer and I notice that when I run they feel weaker, so I’m hoping these {expensive!} socks will help. Will they make me faster? One can only hope ☺ {{Sigh}} not loving how they make my knees look fatter. Whatev.

Love,
SkinnyMeg

48 comments :

  1. Wow, you are a legend! I hope you have a great race!

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  2. Good luck! I'm curious about if your compression socks help. I was thinking about buying a pair - but they are expensive!!

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  3. Aww!! Thanks for the shout out love!!! You are such an inspiration!!! I love my ((expensive)) compression sleeves!! I'll be keeping posted on you and Mama via all forms of social media. Haha!! PS I think the resting will REALLY help!! :) get em tiger!!!!

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  4. I love compression socks. I swear by them. Shorts scare me. Yikes. And resting two days prior is a must. Running on fresh legs is awesome!!! Good luck I'm sure you'll rock this!!!

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  5. I'm gonna respectfully disagree with you and say that I elect you a HERO for running your third half while powered by Mucinex. Have an amazing 4th race and thanks for inspiring us all! I hope to run my first half at the end of the year. Can't wait to read how awesome your race was!

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  6. It makes me nervous that you're trying so many new things right before running a relatively long distance! I do know, however, that despite all that new stuff (or maybe because of it!), you'll rock this half. Good luck, and have fun!

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  7. Good Luck "Skinny" Meg, cannot wait to hear how great you do! When I am out running you always pop into my mind and keep me going when I want to give up!

    http://footballbeachmom.blogspot.com/

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  8. You go girl! Your knees look great, btw. My hubs broke his ankle last year & had a few surgeries on it. He wears a compresion sock on that foot for work (he's a cop & on his feet a lot) and he says it really helps, especially when he is on it for a long time. Hope it works out well for you :) Good Luck!!!

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  9. running in shorts...my goal in life! I'm amazed at your times...I just finished my first half and did awful. I'm pretty sure once I recover I will be ready to beat my own time though. Good luck!!

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  10. I can't decide if I'm excited or terrified for my first half in September... but I did run 4.7 outside last night. That's a HUGE deal for me. I can crank out 5-7 on a treadmill, but running outside is so much harder. I was pretty proud of myself! Good luck this weekend!!!

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  11. girlfriend your knees do not look fat in those socks! I was just thinking before I even read that line that you look damn good in these pics! you rock and youre motivating me to keep running 5ks till I can get that half! thanks girl!!

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  12. I cant believe you are even looking at your knees! I didnt even notice them til I read what you said, you look AMAZING!!!!! I know you are going to do great this weekend, you will probably even PR and surprise yourself! You have gotten stronger and more muscular and it shows!! :)

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  13. I'm totally convinced all your cross training will help you. I predict a sub 2 hour race. Believe it - you got this.

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  14. You look awesome! Good luck and have a blast!

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  15. Have you tried taping your legs/shins. I use KTape and that seems to help with my shins. I have really bad shin splints and the tape is the only way I can run right now. I can't wait to see your review on the socks though, wearing different socks would be easier than taping my legs for EVERY run. GOOD LUCK ON THE HALFIE!!

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  16. Resting will make such a huge difference. You are gonna fly lady! I love what you said about it pays to be friendly. Getting to know the people around you is one of my favorite aspects. The running community rocks! Can't wait to hear all about your run!

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  17. Glide works amazing!! I was nervous to run my half in shorts too, but lathered my thighs up real good and it worked!! Unfortunately i forgot to lather up my sides where my arms rubbed because of my cut off "bro" tee. Haha. Serious rubbage and pain there! Good luck girl!!

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  18. Good luck this weekend at the half marathon! You will be surprised how much your body will remember how to run 13.1 miles once you are out there on the course. I will be (virtually) cheering for you, do it for the pure enjoyment that your body is strong enough to run! Think of how far you have come on your weight loss journey and celebrate each step. So proud of you!

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  19. Thinking of you and know you are obviously more than capable of this :) You rock it woman!!!! Love you!!!!

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  20. LOVE LOVE LOVE this recap...i have my fourth half in two and a half weeks and i am officially PUMPED!!! and overly emotional about it as well :)

    Here's to the both of us getting a PR on our 4th Half!

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  21. Thinking of you and know you are obviously more than capable of this :) You rock it woman!!!! Love you!!!!

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  22. The compression socks work like a dream!!! I wore a pair for my first half and my legs were not very sore at all!
    Good luck this weekend!!

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  23. Good luck! Best wishes! You will rock this!

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  24. Can't wait to hear how well you do! Running a half is definitely on my goal list.

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  25. We are all rooting for you! You can do it! I hope to run my first half in September! :) samiciaccio

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  26. The last two halfs I have done I signed up literally the day before and really had no formal training. I also rested 2 days before both times. You will find that is the BEST thing you can do and you will want to go all balls to the wall. You will kill your past time!

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  27. I cant wait to hear how the race goes for both you and ML. i am sure you will do fantastic and feel even better about yourself than you already do. You are making me want to run a half marathon and I cant even run 3 miles non stop right now. My first 5k is the run or dye in June in Dallas.

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  28. Rooting for you girl!!! I'm sitting here icing my knees after my first c25k workout hoping I can maybe do the same some day. You're going to do great - can't wait to see how you do.

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  29. Ohmygosh I'm nervous about it too. You're gonna be totes awesome, though.

    I'm not particularly overweight (anymore) at all, and I still run an 11-12 minute mile. You're like a damn Kenyan. I'm glad you drunkenly asked me to run this mofo with you! Something about powering through a race that you haven't prepared for much at all is also rewarding and quite an accomplishment. Not many people can run a half marathon they've only been semi-training for for 2 weeks.

    And yes to food after, duh.

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  30. Good luck lady! Last year I had finally trained enough to run a 5K (I know big whoop) and had finished one. I was running a Warrior Dash as my second one...don't ask me why I thought that was a good idea for my second race. I went through some water and down a fire pole and shattered my ankle. I'm 10 months to the day past this accident and I'm just having a heck of a time getting motivated to train. Part of it is that the weather is disgusting in Iowa right now. Spring hasn't gotten the memo, and running outside hasn't been an option consistently. I also LOATHE the treadmill. When it's cold out, my ankle also gets incredibly sore and tight and while I know that it will eventually be something I can work through, I'm still getting the hang of it. Thanks for pushing me to train and get motivated despite all the challenges. I need to get over this fear of failure and what people will think of me when I run. I'm not skinny mini and still have a long ways to go in the weight loss department, but you've given me a push so thank you!

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  31. Good luck! I have only run 2 half marathons, both the Aramco Houston ones - I decided that after the second one I wasn't a runner! Haha! Enjoy the run!

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  32. Awesome!! Good luck this weekend!

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  33. My compression socks make my knees look fat too, but they work miracles on my calves. I agree they're expensive, but I always watch for sales from ProCompression. They do 40% off on a sock of the month.

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  34. I have the exact same CEP compression socks and LOVE them. I also have a pair of Pro Compression that are less expensive and work really well too. Good luck and kick some booty!

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  35. SkinnyMeg, your knees look great. I'd love to have mine like that. I'm bottom heavy. Trying to fix that though. #operationshortshorts in full effect! You will do fab on Sunday! God bless you!

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  36. You look amazing! You are so tiny and your stomach looks stellar! I heard through the blogosphere you might be heading to IN in Sept...it would be Ahmazing to meet you!! You're a true inspiration!

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  37. HELL YAHHHHHHHH WOMAN YOUR GONNA ROCK THAT SHIZ OUTTA THIS RACE!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!

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  38. why are you doing things in this half marathon you havent even tried during training? big mistake.

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  39. Lots of luck to you for your fourth half marathon! I'm sure you will do great and hopefully get that PR. Can't wait to hear all about it from you and NerkyMeg!

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  40. YAY - good luck girl - you will do great!!! I love half marathons. Those socks are too cute on you.

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  41. Thanks for the post! I think I am going to sign up for my first half Sept 2.

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  42. Cheering for you! I just did my first half in December and while my time is embarrassing, I can say I'm proud to have finished.

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  43. Good luck on Sunday. Even if you don't beat your time, don't ever forget how much of an inspiration you are.

    I read on Mama's blog that you guys are considering a half in Fort Wayne??? I am in Michigan. My friend and I would love an excuse to meet you guys. (And I would love a reason to grow a pair and start training for a half!)

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  44. Oh my God! Let me know if those compression socks really help with shins and ankles being sore? I could probably use those! I'm constantly sore and in pain!

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  45. Good luck with your race this weekend! Im sure it will be a blast. Also body glide is part of my holy grail!! goodbye chafing =) Last but not least, check out compression socks from runningskirts.com They are uber cute and a little bit more affordable! these have wonders for me and i use it after bodypump and long runs.

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  46. The 5.0 on my treadmill which is a 12 minute mile is perfect for me right now. I can't wait for the day that I run a half. You are CRAZY inspiring.
    Thank you so much!

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  47. I saw you finish - looked strong! Didn't get a chance to congratulate you in person, so I wanted to say it here. Congrats on the Big D!

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