Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Running Through My Eyes.

I took some pictures of my run today and I thought I would share. These are some of the places that I often run by on my typical running route. I thought that a visual would be neat to share. I apologize for some of the blurry pictures. I didn't stop running to take them, ha. Just don't tell my high school photography teacher. She would be upset that I broke so many photography rules.

My run went very very well today, considering I almost quit before I completed my goal for the day. I pushed myself harder than I have in a long time and was able to run further than I have since NOVEMBER when I ran my last half marathon. My pacing and timing was great too. I ran 9.27 miles in 2 hours and 2 minutes. I'm very impressed with myself.

Again, my first mile was really difficult. Any suggestions on how to make the beginning not so tough? I'm not sure that I understand why it's so hard to complete the first mile. I've noticed it time and time again. I also feel like I need to download some new music to my iPod. I like my music, but I need some new stuff to help keep me going when I feel like quitting. I like my acoustic music a lot, but it doesn't help me to complete a long run.

My next seven miles went well, but I almost quit when I was at mile 8. I almost sat down and waited for Katherine to get off of work so that she could come and pick me up. I'm glad that I finished, though. I walked a lot at the end, which I have mixed feelings about. I am going to try to stay positive about it, because I, at least, kept moving my legs.

The Indy Mini is the same day as my graduation. I might wear running shoes to graduation under my cap and gown. In a sense, I'm completing a huge marathon, though I won't make it to the Indy Mini. I think it would be fun to wear my running shoes to graduation. I do want to have my new running shoes by then, which means that I'm going to have to order them SOON. Decisions, decisions.

Goal: 1000 miles/365 days
So far: 285.15 miles/168 days
To go: 714.85 miles/197 days

8 comments:

  1. I'm proud of you for almost graduating...it really is like you've been running a marathon every day and now you are nearing the finish line. I don't know how to make the first mile better but maybe getting different music would be a good idea. That is a good time for those amount of miles. Next time you can work toward a farther distance or a quicker time. It's exciting :)

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  2. I know. I feel like if I had done so much less walking the last two laps, I would have had a really great time. I just don't like to say that, because it makes it seem like I'm not being happy with the accomplishment I have made. I'm going to just relish in what I did tonight and then push myself harder next time.

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  3. Whew who, almost to the finish line!!! Run Alicia Run!!!

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  4. I think I could run a 2:30 half marathon in the next month if I push myself!

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  5. The first mile is always crap for me. I don't know what to tell you on that one, except maybe slow down and don't worry about it being crap.

    You should totally wear your sneakers and run through the graduation line.

    Great photos AND you should be proud of yourself.

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  6. Acoustic music is great for when you're in your groove, but I imagine that the state of mind you need to be in to get up to speed needs to be similar to what i needed before boxing matches, you need the blood pumping the heart rate optimized and adrenaline flowing, try some rap or metal, nothing screetchy and unpleaseant, but somehting with a fast tempo and good bass line. I used to use "Kick start my heart" by Motley Crue to literally kick start my heart

    ~Jack (from Facebook)

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  7. I'm excited to have found you off of completerunning.com! You are NOT crazy for your goal; you're AWESOME! How exciting! I'm so thrilled for you and hope to follow you through your journey :) I am a new runner, training for a little 5K.... Lucky you passed that stage long ago! <3

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