I bundled up and we drove to downtown Minneapolis and I waited for the race to start. At the start of the race, the official temperature was somewhere around -4 degrees. I was so excited and proud of myself when the race started, I ran for the first half mile. Then I slowed down because I found that my knee was starting to hurt, I assumed that it was because of the cold weather and that I didn’t do the best job of warming up prior to the start. I continued and finished the race, I still to this day don’t know the exact time because my phone literally froze so my running app quit and I forgot to check the clock when I crossed the finish line (it was not chip timed). I do know that my time was close to 50 minutes. Again, I was so proud of myself, I did it, I finished my first 5K.
Commitment Day 5K 2013
I changed my workouts to be completely running. Now, I realize that wasn’t the best idea but I loved what I was doing. I started to find that I really enjoyed “racing”, I was nowhere near competitive but it always felt good to cross the finish line.
At the end of August/beginning of September (2013) I ran 6 races in 30 days. I then decided that I would make it a goal to run a race every month for a year, not my best goal. I forgot about how cold some of those races could be. For example, The Commitment Day 5K 2014 was worse than the year before. The temperature was -8 degrees and the wind chill was even worse. I got home that day and my skin stayed this pinkish-red color for the rest of the day.
I have raced every month since I set that goal, however, I will not be renewing that goal. I have determined that I will not be running in the extreme cold any longer. In fact I was supposed to run a 5K yesterday (Thanksgiving Day) but the temperature here was -8 degrees when I got up so I stayed home.
In 2014, I continued to run. I set my sights on running my first half marathon. In order to stay accountable and on track I signed up for a lot of race while I was training. I ran my first half marathon on May 10, it was an accomplishment I cannot put words to. I remember crossing the finish line and being so excited and proud and then bursting into tears. I decided at that time that I would be doing another half, if not more.
While training for my first half, I found my second love when it comes to fitness…weight training. I don’t care what form it is in, lifting or body weight work, I love doing it. I found I need to build my core and glutes and the best way was through strength training.
I ran my second half Labor Day weekend, it didn’t go well but I finished. I had been fitted for new running shoe about 3 weeks prior to the race. The running store was out of my normal shoe and I didn’t have time to wait so I went with a new shoe, BAD, TERRIBLE IDEA. I feel apart during the race, I ended up walking a lot of it because everything was in pain. I crossed the finish line and I knew that I would need to be doing another half sooner than later because I was not going to let that memory stay around long.
At the end of October, I ran my third half and it was an awesome time! While training this time, I upped the strength training and it had a huge impact my running. I ended up finishing 7 minutes faster that my best half time. I was over the moon excited!
Monster Dash Half Marathon October 2014
I think this brings us to now and what I happening currently. I will go back in time from time to time if it helps you understand something I am writing about but now we are going to move forward.
I threw a lot of information at you over the last few blog posts. If you have questions or want more details about my journey to this point please let me know!