Find Your Spunk

I finished my first half marathon last weekend and it was nothing short of inspiring – Pittsburgh Marathon, two thumbs up to the organizers! I completed 13.1 miles in 2 hours 6 minutes and 33 seconds. A time that far exceeded what I ever dreamt I could do for my first race. I’m happy to be among the ranks of people who have gotten into the sport. Admittedly, I have rolled my eyes at the 13.1 and 26.2 stickers that adorn passing cars, but I understand now that those stickers are earned.

I used the Hal Higdon half marathon training guide. My goal going into the half was simply to complete the race but quickly became hooked on pushing myself be my absolute best. I’ve been running for fitness for about 5 years now and let’s be honest, running can suck. Except that feeling you get after running, it rules. Feeling your body get stronger, it rules. Pushing your limits, it rules. You get it.

I already signed up for the Denver Rock n’ Roll half marathon in October.

Today I did yoga for the first time in over 2 months. (TL;DR the gym where I do yoga is far more expensive than the Planet Fitness where I do my running so I put my membership on hold while I was training for the half). I knew I was missing yoga. While my body was gaining strength from running and weight training, mentally and gastrointestinally I was feeling the ill effects of not having that time to meditate and work on my spirit.  The feeling walking out of yoga = high as a kite on cloud nine.

OK, no more long breaks from yoga.

I’m just a normal girl with slightly above average fitness aspirations. I am lucky to live in a gorgeous part of the country where fitness is everywhere. I want to run my next race better, stronger, faster and I want to incorporate yoga into my training. I haven’t even mentioned the dietary struggles I have as a mostly paleo, mostly vegetarian athlete. This is my journey as I continue to chase my spunk and I hope I can share some cool things with you.

 

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