Half-ing it Up

I did it…I finally registered for the Illinois Half Marathon!!

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To get a discount I had to register prior to 1/31, and since my hip is feeling better I went ahead and bit the bullet! This time it’s going to be even more fun because my good friend, Amber will be running it with me!!

I had to celebrate with a run this morning ;)

Last night before I hit the sheets I set my alarm for 4:50. That way when it went off, I’d have ten minutes to lay around and decide if said run was really happening. And although my slumber had numerous interruptions, I got my booty to the gym and carefully ran a 40 minute tempo run. My training plan for the half starts in less than two weeks, so I need to increase my mileage just slightly.

My top speed was 6.4, and I only held this for 5 minutes, and did several assessments of any pain in my hip – and none was felt the entire run. Hooray! I then came home and promptly iced it for about 10 minutes while eating breakfast. For those of you who commented on yesterday’s icing post – no, the hip still feels ok (but THANK YOU for your concern!) but I’ll be icing my hip after each run and lower body strength training session as a preventative measure. I didn’t ice at all the last go-around, and we all know how that turned out. Lesson learned, albeit the hard way, but nevertheless…

And we all know the best part about a good run – the meal after! ;) OK, maybe it’s right after the run, but either way.

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I don’t know what it is lately, but my breakfasts have been turned upside down! For almost two years, all I wanted was oatmeal or a whole wheat protein waffle. Now my breakfasts cravings center around either cereal or eggs!

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And these eggs were the. best. eggs. evah. The eggs were surrounded by almost equally good carby counterparts – one with a pat of Earth Balance and the other with a little Barney Butter and a nanner. I’m so full, I’m so full, I’m so full (sung to the tune of I’m so Cold)

And to top ‘er off, a slurry blurry shot!!

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OK I’m not that hardcore, guys. This was a shot of Emergen-C mixed with some tart cherry juice (known for its anti-inflammatory properties!)

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Gotta go!! Running late late late!

Happy Hump Day, friends :D

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Comments

  1. Yea! I’m glad the hip is feeling fantastic enough to sign up! I looked at this one, but it’s only a couple weeks after my half in St. Louis, so I think I might skip it…

  2. Yay, so excited for you! Keep taking care of your body like you have been and you’ll dominate this race.

  3. Yay for no pain! Half-marathons are the greatest. I am totally addicted to the distance.
    I know what you mean! I wanted oats for breakfast for like a year straight, and then one day I was just plain sick of them. Imagine that :)

  4. Woot woot!! Very exciting :) I don’t know how you get up so early and hit the gym…I am zombie K anytime before 6 ha.

  5. It’s always great to do halfs with a friend… less pressure and more fun!

  6. How fun! I need to register for mine soon!

  7. Woo hoo! I’m glad your hip is feeling better. I love bagels after a run, it’s all I can think about on my long runs.

  8. Yay! So glad you’re feeling up to it!

  9. I just signed up for my first half marathon….the San Diego Rock N Roll 1/2. I’ll be excited to read about your training.

  10. Congrats on the sign up! Whoop whoop! It will be so fun to do it with a friend. I am on a MAJOR eggs kick! Its helpful to get some good protein in, in the AM.

  11. So exciting!!!!

    Brekfast looks SO good!

  12. Good for you P. A future half marathon and no hip pain:-) The only place I do 13+ miles is in spin class. Does that count?

  13. You’ve done such a great job taking care of that hip. I’m so excited that you’re going to start training for a 1/2!

  14. You will rock the 1/2! I CHUGGG e/c when i have the smiffles!

  15. Yay! My girlfriend and I are running that half (and the 5K the night before!).

    I am happy your hip is feeling better :)

  16. Great that you signed up for the Illinois race again!! Here’s to a PR!

  17. You go girl! Glad you are feeling up to running a half in April.

  18. Yay for no pain! Good luck with the 1/2 training!!

  19. Good for you!! Since we’re making our big move this month, we had to table the Dallas Rock and Roll Half I was DYING to run. There’s another fun 1/2 in May I’m pretty sure we’re going to sign up for. I’ve wanted to run one for over a year now.

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