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More thoughts on running.

by Christa on January 31, 2014

in Daily Digest,IMTX,Running,Triathlon

I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. It’s still frustrating to me. People ask how running is going and the only thing I can think is that I’m fat and slow. I’ve only been running for 4 weeks though. After a long hiatus! I know that, but I’m annoyed that my body isn’t letting me do what I want. For the effort I put forth, it feels like I should be going faster. My “easy” run is still “easily” 1:00-1:30 min/mile slower. I gained a couple of pounds back after my initial weight loss and am still about 10 pounds heavier than where I would like to be, so naturally I feel more sluggish. If I can drop 5 in the next few weeks that would make me oh so happy!

As for Ironman, I told Jess (my lovely training partner and frequently blog-featured friend) that I’m just going to have to see how training goes and show up on race day with no expectations (even of finishing, maybe). I can’t beat myself up over needing (or wanting) to stay at home some days instead of being gone for hours on a bike ride, for instance. It’s just not a priority at this point. Well, that’s a lie. It is still a priority, I just have a much bigger priority at home :) I want to go easy, I don’t want any setbacks, and I just want to have fun. Two years ago, I was all in for Ironman. I was 100% into it. My head’s just not 100% in the game right now, and I want it to be fun and we’ll just see what happens. I am not going out there to break any records (although I think I can still easily beat my IM PR, haha). And if it comes down to it, if worse comes to worst I will have a long aqua bike that day.

As for The Woodlands, I might need to drop down to the half. I am nowhere near my marathon pace, the most I have run is 10 miles, and it’s in a month. I can finish a full, but who wants to be that miserable? One of my coworkers is trying to convince me to just pace him, which I might do instead of trying to push myself at a faster pace. But 26.2 is no joke no matter what pace you are running!! We will have to see how it goes. I have until 2/15 to drop to the half.

The first race I have is the Hot Chocolate 15K in Dallas next weekend (Rachie and I are going up to run and visit the grandparents!). My A goal for the race is to go under 1:30, which is a 9:40 pace. Which is over a minute per mile slower than my last half marathon pace. But that’s neither here nor there. My B goal is sub 1:35, a 10:11 pace. And my C goal would be sub 1:40, which is a 10:43 pace and easily attainable since that is what I did on my 10 mile easy run. I have to be careful not to go out of the gate too fast and truly pace myself and take walking breaks when I need to. I’m so competitive (mostly with myself) and races really make me want to RACE. We will see how it goes. Either way I am looking forward to the trip and the event. First race as a mom, weird. So weird.


I don’t remember my first RACE, with a bib, probably a 5K in college. What was your first race?

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Emilia @ Run for Your Life January 31, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Hope to see you at The Woodlands! FYI, I *thought* I had until Feb. 15 to switch from the half to the full after Houston went less than spectacularly. But they’ve been posting updates on FB that both races are almost at capacity, so I jumped on it since they say it’s pending availability to switch.


Christa January 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Thanks for the tip. I will request to drop to the half this weekend; I don’t wanna push it!


Crystal January 31, 2014 at 6:47 pm

I have always wanted to do that race. Have fun!!!!


Christa January 31, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Thanks!!! Looking forward to it.


Jess February 5, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Whenever you feel fat and slow, go read my posts about trying to get to a 5K distance. You’ll feel MUCH better about yourself!


terra February 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm

You are amazing, no matter how fast you run – to come back and do the crazy runs you’re already doing is amazing. Me and Tara were talking about you recently, about how you JUST HAD A BABY and were then out running 7+ miles runs. You may not be where you were, but you’re amazing and you continue to inspire me, lady!


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