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Training: Week 2

This week of training had a few bumps in the road — literally — but I managed to finish on a high note.

Monday I was just downright tired and Kyle was late getting home from work, so I was forced to skip my run. Tuesday morning, I just couldn't get my legs moving and felt pretty awful, finishing 3 miles in my slowest time for training — 39:20. I pushed through the whole thing though, despite my brain constantly telling me to walk. I consider that a win.

Took my rest day Wednesday and by Thursday I was feeling much more like myself. I actually hit a new 3 mile PR of 33:30! It was such a therapuetic run and exactly what I needed to get out of my funk.

We decided to take a family bike ride on Friday for crosstraining. Kyle and I have always wanted to check out the Rivergreenway in Fort Wayne, and it was great. (Although I am still bothered by the fact that they made the name all one word. Obviously, it wasn't a journalist who decided on that.) The views were spectacular, and the …

Training: Week 1

Week 1 is over, and I've got 15 weeks to go.

After weeks of debate, research, dreaming and questioning my sanity, this week I started training for my first half marathon. I am registered for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon in Cleveland Oct. 6, and guilted convinced my siblings to run it with me. (Well, Scott will run ahead, but I'm pretty sure Jan will stick with my slower pace.) If anyone else is crazy enough to join us, click the link to sign up!

I don't know why, but I just felt very compelled to push myself and run a half this year. I fell in love with running after I began Couch to 5K in the spring. After I finished two 5K's and a Warrior Dash, I just wanted a new goal, a new challenge.

With an average pace of 12 minutes per mile, I am definitely NOT a speed runner, but I really feel like I could endure the 13.1 miles of a half. The max time on the course if 4 hours, so I know even if I have to walk some, I can make it. I do want to improve my speed eventu…

We are Warriors! My first (and definitely not last) Warrior Dash

I’m still trying to figure out why I did it, but I definitely want to do it again.

On June 1, I completed a Warrior Dash.

What’s a Warrior Dash, you ask? Oh, it’s just a 5K race with obstacles. Like super steep ski resort hills. And mud, barbed wire and fire. And more mud. And walls. And lots of cargo nets.

And did I mention the hills? Because my legs still hurt from the hills.

Thankfully, I didn’t do it alone. Like my other races, this was a team effort — with my husband, siblings and a couple friends. We all committed to the race several months ago, but I don’t think anyone was prepared for what we would encounter.

The Warrior Dash series takes place at venues all across the country, but ours was in Butler, Ohio, which isn’t far from Mansfield.

Now, I promise I passed state history in school, but apparently my knowledge of Ohio geography is a bit lax. I knew the area would be hilly, but it never occurred to me — or anyone else in my group — that the site was an actual ski resort, with hil…