RUNNING bLOG: 1.5 to 26.2

April 16, 2015

^^^ I call this one "scene from my backyard two days after I bought new sandals because it was seventy degrees outside/weather I refuse to run in"

Last week I mentioned I was on a winning case-competition team, and we came away with that sweet football signed by Steve Young. Believe it or not.. that wasn't our only prize. Everyone who participated in the case competition was given a free entry to The Color Run in Salt Lake this August, and everyone on the winning team was given a free entry in the St. George Marathon! I know a lot of people would hardly consider that a prize, but I am so excited about it. Plus my whole major is about creating meaningful experiences and one of the things they drill into us is called "happy money" - basically spending your money on experiences instead of material things - so there's no way they were going to hand us prize money or any material item more costly than one of the school's ten thousand available Steve Young footballs.

This prize is especially cool because the St. George Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in the country. It's fast, scenic, fun, and it's so popular runners have to enter a lottery to get a spot in it. So to be given a guaranteed free entry is really the coolest prize. 

I need to back up for a second. I was supposedly training to run the Ogden Marathon next month, but let's face it - training in the winter is the absolute worst ever. I can't do it. I have recently made a resolution that I will never make myself run in the winter ever again. I'll buy a gym pass or some at-home work out equipment, but I'm not going to force myself to bundle up and run outside. I don't like it and it's not worth it. Of course this is really only in effect when I'm living somewhere with cold, cold winters. Which for now, I am. And I was also getting these really awful side cramps about a half mile into every run that would not go away. They were so random and weird and really frustrating. So anyway, the Ogden training didn't go well. But I am so ready to train all summer for this St. George race in the fall!

Which leads me to the title of this post. Because I basically stopped running altogether when the cold weather and the side cramps started really getting to me, I hadn't run for about six weeks. Six weeks! Until this past weekend. I ran one and a half miles. And it felt goood. That was my first "training run" for St. George and I seriously couldn't be more excited. Plus! When my phone was acting all wack-o I decided to just do a full factory reset. That meant I had to re-download all my apps, and somehow in the process my Nike+ running app account was deleted. At first I was bummed, but not anymore. This means my one and a half mile run last weekend was the first run on a totally blank slate. So now every run I log with that app will be part of my St. George training, and when the race day finally comes I'll be able to check that app and see exactly how many miles I ran while I was training! Neat. It's going to be a summer full of running, and I'm ready for it. (After all this snow melts.)


Jake said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Running is the best. (I could write volumes on why but I'll safe that for another forum.) I really, really hope the St. George plans work out. Fall marathons are the best and nobody I'd rather run one with than you.

LauraP said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I thought about doing the Ogden HALF but also felt like I didn't want to train in the winter. So now I'm training for the TOU half in August. Running in the Spring weather (70 degrees, not snow) is the best thing ever! Good luck with your training!

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Yay! That will be so fun. My roommate ran the TOU half a couple years ago and loved it. Thank goodness spring is finally here - let the training begin!

Erin van de Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Crossing my fingers - it would be so fun!

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