Today, while at church, I received a text from a friend who has also signed up for the Half Marathon, this being her first one. She was wondering if I wanted to hit the trails later in the afternoon. Absolutely!!! As we took command over that trail, we discussed Half Marathon logistics, basically the events of that day, that are pretty much summed up to those 13.1 miles. It was wonderful having a buddy out there today!

I don’t know if anyone else feels the same way, but the first mile seems to always be the roughest part for me. Once I finally feel thoroughly warmed up, I start to find my groove, and that seems to happen as the mileage changes from 1.00 to 1.01; it’s a like a light switch!

By the time we finished, we ended up doing, not just 6.00, but 6.15. When you are going for that 13.1, every .15 counts, and we certainly counted it!!!

I’m most definitely looking forward to the Spring days that seem to warm up. Until then, we must press on!!🙂

UPMC Half Marathon Countdown--49

“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord. His going forth is as certain as the dawn; And He will come to us like the rain, Like the spring rain watering the earth.” (~Hosea 6:3, NASB~)

Last Sunday, I felt great; very excited to hit the pavement again!  Then, I went to bed.  I figured my allergies were going insane, with the change in the weather that we recently had.  Little did I know, that wasn’t the case.  Bring on Monday; I started to feel a little worse, still thinking it was allergies, but I did manage to play about 3 hours of volleyball that evening, which I always enjoy!!  Tuesday and Wednesday arrive, and a box-and-a-half of tissues later, I decided to go to the doctors.  The problem…the start of a sinus infection, grrrr!!  Then it hit me full force Thursday.  I felt absolutely miserable, and for the past three days had been unable to head outside or on the treadmill (outside the definitely more preferred option!).  Today arrived, and I still didn’t feel great, but it was definitely an improvement over the majority of the week.   SO, long story short, I finally made it back outside tonight!   :-)   Granted, it was only two miles, but a girl has to start back up somewhere!!

I really like MapMyRun App for my iPhone, and started using it last year after it was highly recommended by a co-worker/friend, ahemmmm, she knows who she is!  :-)   I was looking through my workouts from April last year, and noticed a decent improvement in my mileage/times with this Half Marathon season.  Woohoo!!!!  That definitely made my day, after what seemed like a never-ending week.  (Is it bad when on Tuesday, you actually believe for a period of time, that it is Thursday???)


Well, I must press on!!

“At the end of the day I don’t want life to be about what I accomplished … I want it to be about what God accomplished in me.” (~Rachel Wojnarowski~)

It’s amazing how a great pair of shoes can make you feel!! Last year, when I was getting ready for the UPMC Pittsburgh Half Marathon, I had no clue what I was doing when I bought my shoes. I am a go for comfort all the way type person when it comes to my shoes. Give me flip-flips, Toms, tennis shoes, etc. and I am a happy camper!! Whatever you do, please keep the heels away!! For some reason, though, last year I didn’t completely use my best judgement when it came to buying my first pair of running shoes. I went for the cute-factor, yikes!!! I thought they looked cute, and that they were kind of comfortable, and that should be good enough. WRONG!!! I think some of my current right foot problems stem from not getting the right shoes for my feet. Since then, I have gone with a shoe that I researched, looked at reviews, and now wear. I can honestly say, my current shoes are AMAZING!!

Brooks PureFlow--Love them!!  :-)

Brooks PureFlow–Love them!! 🙂

I’m not quite sure why the counter on my blog lists the Half Marathon as being a month away, but I have just under two months to go!! As I have previously mentioned in another post, I am great at procrastinating; hence the lack of posts on here! Today was the perfect day, with absolutely gorgeous weather; Thank You, LORD for the absolutely beautiful day you have provided!! For this reason, I thought (almost saying it aloud), “Angela, it’s time to get out there, and get moving!” And that’s what I did. I had the start of a migraine, and the idea of getting on the treadmill seemed like torture. SO, long story short, I changed my clothes, threw on my amazing shoes, and headed out the door. I completed 4 miles, and in the grand 13.1 scheme of it all, I still have a ways to go, but when I finished I felt good. Actually, I take that back, I felt great! Migraine gone, no knee pain, and very minimal pain in my right foot! This is just the beginning to the start of a great race (of course a mental/physical/emotional race, not competitive), and I continue to look forward to the journey! 🙂

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (~Joshua 1:9~)

Finish the Race

Posted: January 9, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)

What is the reason that we doing anything in our lives? In my life, it is simple…I want my life to please the LORD. I want HIM to look at me, and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” It isn’t an easy road; it takes work, and a willingness to hand over everything to the One who is infinitely greater. It’s handing over control. I want what HE wants for my life.

What is my purpose for trying to run? Now, I must say that motivation is the toughest part for me. I’m great a making excuses, and not so great at the follow-through, in lots of things. That is something that I want to change. Yes, it will take time, but that change WILL happen. My reasons for wanting to become a runner (and yes, I will get to the point where I can confidently call myself one) are difficult to describe into words, but I can at least say these three things:
* I to make this life change, and turn it into a passion, and not a chore.
* I want to feel the wind flowing through my hair, and my feet pounding the pavement.
* I want to see the results of the hard work, in so many ways.

What is your reason for running?
Any favorite inspirational quotes, sayings, etc. that get you through a motivational slump?

Acts 20

The Journey

Posted: January 5, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I have never, in my life, considered myself a runner. I loved playing sports, especially volleyball (which I still do); however, anytime I heard the coach and/or gym teacher yell “laps,” or the ever-evil, 8-letter bad word, “monsters,” I felt as though the world would come to an end. It was way easier to visualize doing it, than physically completing the task.

Last year, a friend of mine and I decided to sign-up for The UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon. It sounded exciting, and unlike anything I had ever done before (again, the whole visualizing idea made it seem easier than I anticipated). I couldn’t wait!! Little did I know, how truly grueling, difficult, excruciatingly painful (I think you now get the point!) this endeavor was going to be. Aside from a nagging knee injury that occurred several years ago, and decided to flare its ugly head, my biggest fear, heading into the event, was being picked up the sweeper van.

The race started, the emotions going crazy, the adrenaline kicking, and the major sensory overload of everything taking place, took over my mind and body. As the journey continued, I knew that I would need to reach past everything I had in me in order to complete the course set before me. I needed to reach out to ONE who was, is, and always will be the greatest source of strength that I will ever need. Throughout the intense 13.1 miles, along with the amazing support of my friend, and both of our families, I remembered saying over and over, “I can do ALL things through CHRIST who gives me strength.” And guess what? He gave me the strength I needed. When the fear of my knee injury loomed over my head, HE calmed the anxiety. When I didn’t think I could run the last stretch to the finish line, and that I would continue with the walking that just seemed to be easier, and make more sense, HE made my legs move.

This journey isn’t just about running (or in my case, getting started with running). It’s the journey to run the great race…to throw off everything that gets in the way, and run the race that HE has in store!!

Are you ready for the race?

2012 Half Marathon Medal