MY RUNNING GEAR: Marathon Training Shoes: Mizuno, Orange Top: Nike (similar), Hats: Nike, Pink Capris: Nike, Tanks: Nike (T-shirt version), Shorts: Nike, Running Skirt: Nike << Alas, Nike is clearly my running clothing preference.
We did it! We made it through the halfway point in our 18-week marathon training schedule! Last weekend marked the halfway point, in which my mom and I were supposed to run a half marathon. There weren't any 13.1 mile races in town, so we hit the mile-marked Boise Greenbelt and pumped out our mileage at race-pace. I Instagrammed a shot post-run, and considering that we weren't actually racing anyone—or even trying too hard for that matter—our time of 2:03 was great!
I mentioned in my last update that my hips were having a really hard time with this training. I'm happy to report that with regular therapeutic massages and lots of foam rolling, my hip pain is almost non-existent. My massage therapist has taught me several great at-home techniques, stretches, and even things that Daniel can help with to release my hip-tension. In addition, last time I weighed in right around 130 and have since dropped another 4 or so pounds, bringing me in at 126.2. That means I've lost 10.4 pounds since beginning training, and—though I don't enjoy my loose & ill-fitting bras now-a-days—I'm enjoying this new level of fitness that my body is taking me to.
I think my favorite thing about training for this marathon is that sure, I'm a runner, but I'm not a professional. I'm just a normal person who set a goal and now I'm chasing after it... literally! I'm in my mid-20's, and I'm training with a bombshell of a mom who is—sorry Mom, about to tell everyone your age—totally killing it in her 50's. We don't train super-fast (normally a 10-minute mile), and we don't have spot-on diets or 6% body fat. We are normal people. I just love it.
This morning I completed 8 miles in preparation for our upcoming weekend run of 17-miles. That's the longest distance I've ever gone, and we've only got longer runs from here on out. Until next time... Run Forrest, Run!