A run and a fiesta banquet

April 30, 2013

Monday's workout: Ran 4 miles on treadmill + 30 min core class at the gym

I had school all day on Monday. Afterwards I headed to the gym for a workout. I went for a run on the treadmill then went to a core class. My Bible study, FCA, put on a fiesta themed banquet last night and it was so much fun!

I gave up.

April 20, 2013

I would rather say "I DID IT!" than "I GAVE UP."

Two years ago, my dad and I had an idea of running a marathon together. My whole family runs so it runs in the family, get it ;). We started training together that summer which included waking up earlier than the world throughout the week to get in a run before the summer heat hit at 8am. I can make up excuses that my first year in college was too much to handle or that working each night of the week after school was exhausting but the truth is I gave up. 

The thing with running a marathon is you have to WANT it. You can't just go run 26 miles. You have to train hard and long. Your body will want to quit, your mind will tell you to give up and go back to bed, your legs will hate you. One Saturday morning we had an 11 miler to do and let me tell you it was tough. That morning, at 5:45am, I quit before I even started. Instead of thinking positively and motivating myself to keep going through the pain, I told myself to quit. And I did. I quit. Don't let anyone tell you running isn't 90% mental. 

My dad kept training. He would wake up early saturday mornings while we slept in and would go for his 15, 18 or even 20 mile runs. He would loop throughout neighborhoods over and over and over just to get the miles in. He never gave up because he wanted it. After six months of training, he completed the marathon and it was rewarding. I wanted to write this post so that one 5:45am morning this summer when I don't want to get out of bed I will read this and be motivated to keep going. I want to run the marathon so I can say I did it rather than I gave up. 

In fact, I want to run 26 marathons so I can make up for that day two years ago when I didn't keep running.

Half Marathon #1

April 18, 2013

A few weeks ago I ran the Alamo 13.1. You may have read all over my blog that I have a goal of running twenty six half marathons/full marathons by the time I turn 26. I had never heard of this half marathon before so I decided to try it out. I normally like to do races with other people but I signed up for the race last minute and all my runner friends said they wouldn't be ready to run a half marathon in three weeks.

I ran alone but I did have a fan club :). I'm very thankful for my parents who woke up way before anyone should and ran all over downtown to see me run. My parents dropped me off at the start as they went to find parking. It was still pitch black because it was 6am. I went to find the bathroom and warmth because there's no way I'm using a porta-potty. As I sat in the lobby of a warm hotel I had no idea my parent's were frantically searching for me with loud speakers. It was a pretty fun [and cold] morning. I LOVE you mom and dad!

A few race photos and finishing pictures:

Should I mention that Alamo 13.1 was giving away free prizes and I won Maui Jim sunglasses? I finished in 1:45 and some change. That was a PR! And I won first place in my age group. Maybe that's why I liked the race so much..

Thank you for a great race Alamo 13.1! See you next year!

Welcome to Run Sara Run

Well you made it to my very first blog post. I enjoy reading other blogs so much that I decided to create my own. I want to document my daily workouts, races, etc. 

I am new to blogging and to be honest, I have no idea what I am doing.. You'll probably notice a lot of changes and editing as I work on improving my blog.

I have a goal to complete 26 marathons/ half marathons by the time I'm 26. I just made up the goal a few months ago and I thought a blog is a great way to look back on the hard work it took me to complete my goal. This first year is going to be mainly half marathons as I train for the rock n' roll full marathon in November. 

I hope you'll follow along this marathon journey with me!
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