Friday, June 6, 2014

Twelve In Twelve 2014: May

May was a big month...it was the month that I ran the Running with the Cows half-marathon and completed the Heartland 39.3 series. 
 
Back in February when I signed up for this series, I had so many doubts...I talked myself in and out of running this series no less than 500 times... When I finally committed...I have to say there were a few moments of panic...I hadn't even run one half marathon, the longest distance I had run at that point was 7.5 miles...and here I was committing to 3 half-marathons in the span of a month. I knew that this goal of mine was lofty...but I also knew that I could do it.
 
 

 Turns out...I was right....I did it :)

Nothing spectacular to report on this race....it was another scorcher and when they said "rolling hills" what they really meant was that it was uphill, in the snow, both ways :) It was my slowest time of all 3 races (yep...even slower than Rock the Parkway) but for some reason, this time I just didn't care. When I hit that ever feared "wall" I decided I wasn't going to push myself and ruin the experience of the race...so I slowed my pace, stopped at the water stations to walk, and just told myself that my time didn't matter.

 I can think of a million different reasons excuses as to why I didn't do as well in this race, but honestly, my legs were just tired....and I didn't feel like running anymore.


 
 Now, don't get me wrong...I didn't do terrible (1:59-still under my original goal of 2 hours) but I just didn't "race" like I had 2 weeks prior during the Garmin half.
 
Even though it wasn't my best race (time wise) it was definitely a fun one. One of the best parts was my good friend Lindsey showed up at our apartment the morning of the race (like 6am) to surprise me. She had gotten in touch with AJ earlier in the week and planned to come along to cheer me on. Seriously...it was the best! I'm a lucky girl to have so many supportive people in my life.
 

 
Also, in the month of May I started trail running. I bought a pair of trail shoes and a hydration belt (that looks REALLY cool) and I figuratively and literally "hit the trails"
 It's probably no surprise to those of you that know me really well...but I fell on my second time out on the trails and then a week later I rolled my ankle. I don't think I am coordinated enough for trail running. Too many things to trip over :) I'm not giving up on this new venture...yet...and I am hoping to get up the nerve to sign up for a trail race here pretty soon.

 
 
I also hit 400 miles in May and bought myself a Fitbit as my reward....but then I actually took it back 6 days later. I don't know what I was expecting...but I wasn't really all that impressed. I had read hundreds of positive reviews and had only heard people rave about...so I guess I was expecting it to cook me dinner or something. I'm sure it's great for some...but honestly, I don't care how many steps I take in a day (plus I am not sold on its accuracy when it tells me I have already gone 10 steps before I have even gotten out of bed) and I am not diligent enough to record my water and food intake...plus I am not sure I even want to know how many calories I eat in a day ;)



When I returned the Fitbit I exchanged it for a cute laptop/teacher bag and still have money leftover...which I am sure won't burn a hole in my pocket!! I'm already making plans for how to spend it ;)
 
As far as stats for May...yet again...I don't have picture proof...you'll just have to trust me on this one again :)

May: 95.8
Year: 420.8


Looking forward my goal for June is to run at least 25 miles per week and run a total of 100  miles for the month. This shouldn't be too difficult since I am participating in the Runner's World Run Streak and I already have 29 miles for June and it's only June 6th :)

My race for June is the Jazz in the Woods 5k...and I have to say I am REALLY excited about this one! My cousin Sheila will be visiting from California and we will be running it together!

 
Totally random...but all of the blogs I read (all 32,000) end with questions that they want their readers to answer...I'm not really sure how many of you are out there or how many of you care to comment after reading...BUUUUUT...if you are out there and you do want to interact with my blog....I could definitely use some help :)
What should I reward myself with when I hit 500 miles?

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