Monday, April 16, 2012

Another PR!

Pre-race stretching - Taken by the best boyfriend in the world, M
To say that I'm super happy today would be a lie. And to say that I'm pain-free would also be a lie. Yesterday, I ran the More/Fitness Magazine Women's Half Marathon in New York City and broke another personal record, beating my previous half marathon time by 6 minutes! I was the most prepared for this race of the two previous races I ran, but boy was it hotter than I imagined.

I plan on doing a full race recap later this week, but right now, I'm focusing on hydrating and recovering. You see, I got pretty violently ill after the race. I'll spare you the details, but let's say I showered and lay in bed the rest of the day before a dinner and movie date night with M.

Why am I so focused on the recovery? Because in ELEVEN DAYS I'm heading to Nashville to meet with my blog crush and one of my blogging besties, Christin. Way back when I started reading her blog, I never dreamed that she and I would become good friends.

You see, I also had a blog crush on her. I started reading her blog when she was in the planning stages of her beautiful and classic wedding. So when we decided to sign up for this race together, who would have thought that I'd be flying to a new city to run a half marathon with one of my blogging, soon-to-be real life, friends!

So when I didn't end up going sub-2 yesterday (missed that mark by almost 8 minutes), I wasn't as discouraged because Christin and I are going for the gold a.k.a. sub-2. I lacked encouragement yesterday. There were points in the race when I really needed someone, besides myself, saying "you can do this! Just keeping moving!"
But I got too inside my head...and walked more than I planned for.

Now it's time to prep, do lots of stretching, lots of yoga, and maybe some boot camp, to prepare my body for another 13.1 miles. But this time, I'll be running with a good friend, an encourager, and fellow runner! I can't wait, Christin!


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24 comments:

Leigh said...

Congratulations on the PR! That is awesome :) I have a feeling Nashville will be your chance to go sub two!

Natalie said...

Great job Amanda! And I'm sure you'll do great in Nashville. Have fun in my neck of the woods!

Valerie Griffin said...

way to go!

Dayna Leigh said...

You are so awesome. I can barely run a 5K! I'm just not meant to be a runner but one day I'll get to a 10K at least!

*blog highfive to you!!!*

Christina said...

Nice job on the PR! You ladies can do it! Sub2 or bust :)

Kristin said...

Congratulations, Amanda! What a fantastic accomplishment :)

Lauren said...

Great work! My dream is to go Sub2, but I haven't done it yet! I also heard it has been SO SO hot in CT...keep drinking that water girl!

Brittany said...

Congrats on your PR, that is amazing!!! My dream is so go sub 2 as well, but I still have awhile to go before I reach that I think. I got REALLY sick after a half marathon once too. Ugh. I am sorry you were feeling so crappy!

Neely said...

AWESOME JOB friend!

Neon Blonde Runner said...

Aaack congrats love!!!! So excited for you, I'm proud of your half marathon, I completely wilt in the heat!!! I'm a little nervous that I'll melt if I do the OC marathon in California in may!

lil desiqua said...

Aww sorry you felt sick afterwards, but GREAT JOB! And so exciting to do another one with a friend! Good luck but more importantly, have fun!

Krista said...

Congrats to you Amanda! That's wonderful! And what a blessing to get to meet a bloggy friend doing something you both love so much, I'm sure you'll have a great time :)

Mateya said...

Awesome job! Hope you are starting to feel better!

sherri lynn said...

Look at you getting another PR!! I hope that you're able to fully recover and rest up before going to Nashville! How fun that you get to meet a blog friend AND run a race together!!

Caitlin C. said...

Congrats, Amanda!! You should be so proud of yourself!

Adam said...

My JROTC teacher was big into races, he had loads of medals, even some from Japan and Germany

The Sweet Life said...

Nashville???? You will be so close to me! I've got to look into a trip ASAP! I am coming to see you this summer for sure!!!!!

Ruthie Hart said...

you're crazy! you go girl! NYC is coming close... :-)

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

Congratulations on your new record! I bet you're going to have so much fun in Nashville. Good luck on your next race!

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

Congrats, that is quite the accomplishment! Hope you have fun in Nashville, running with friends is always a good time (or at least better than running alone).

Fashion Meets Food said...

Congratulations doll! I am just getting back into running! xo

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Congrats on your PR, girl!!

Megan said...

Awww, so cute that you are getting to meet one of your blog friends and run together!

Kat said...

CONGRATS! And WOW!!!!! You're amazing