Thursday, January 3, 2013

Runner Girl Part 1: The first 2 weeks

On 12.12.12, I finally decided to do it. My friends had been bugging me for awhile and I figured, why not?
I mean, unless I made it official I wouldn't take it serious to begin with, right? And so I did.

I will run the Miami ING Half-Marathon on 
January 27, 2013!!

It only took me 3 years, because I'd always say that running a half-marathon would be my goal for the year in 2009, in catch my drift here? I never got the courage to sign up in the past. However, this time I am determined to finish! Well, to be quite honest, I don't think I have a choice. It's either run or be swept by the pick up bus. If the bus picks you up, then you truly are screwed because you won't get that medal. 

Part of this involves training. I don't have a training bone in my body. Ok, I lie, maybe I do. I've ran at least 7 other 5K (3.1miles) races in the last 3 years. So yeah, I've trained before and got super duper skinny because of it. But that only required me to be "training" for 45 minutes, tops. 

Thing is, training for 13.1miles is a lot more work and dedication! It involves running for over 2hours! Just imagine doing that twice weekly at least! Well, I couldn't fathom the work! This is why you now have me here a few weeks from the start date and I am shitting bricks! Luckily, I have a program that requires me to run/work-out 6 times a week. Am I doing it as I should? Probably not. I may have skipped a day or two. The best part is, I am actually doing it! 

I know I will not run the entire 13.1 miles, but what I will complete it with intervals like run 4mins, walk 1min. Whatever...It's a start! Next time I'll zoom myself to one of those Disney Half-Marathon races! Baby steps people!

My very first run towards the 13.1 goal was on December 22.  
It was the perfect "Miami Winter" day. Wish all my running days were like this:

Some days, I have to crosstrain, so I'll head to the gym. Which that equals to no running outdoors...bleh...If only I learned to strengthen my legs a little more so they could withstand the asphalt, life would be grand. I hate weight training though. Any tips on making strength training on my legs fun are highly welcomed!

Yesterday's gym adventures included picking my favorite treadmill (it was an empty gym!), doing my HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), a little elliptical work, and some upper body weight training. 
***Just a heads up, HIIT Training is the BEEEZZZZZ KNEEZZZZZ!!!! I lost sooo much weight and got in amazing shape just by doing this daily and it only takes about 20-25 minutes to burn loads of calories.***  

So long for now...until my next runner girl post...

Have you started with any of your New Year's goals? 


  1. Good for you for making 2013 the year you actually do it! I admire runners as I've never been one. They are always in such good shape! Excited to read about your progress!

  2. Props. That's the only word I can think of. I did a half and it killed me. I'm stoked to see how far you come! Good for you!!

  3. I had to laugh out loud when you said: "It's either run or be swept up by the pick up bus."!!! My first 13.1 was in Chicago in 2008. It was only a 13.1 so if you weren't going to finish it under 3 hours the "slow bus" would come and grab you up. I was terrified!

    Good luck though! You will do great! And you will be addicted. I mean the medals and shirts are the best part.

  4. yay!!!!! i'm so excited for you! i hope you have a ton of fun running your race.


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