Well, it’s official – I will be running a half marathon in August. The Chicago Zooma women’s half marathon. Honestly, at this point, I am a little bit terrified. While I think I am ready for a new goal, I am also nervous about the distance. What if can’t do it? What if it’s too hard? What if my body doesn’t cooperate? Although, I am nervous, I know it’s something that I can do if I put my mind to it and work hard. And it would be an awesome accomplishment for me. A little while ago, I entered the Muscle Milk Chicago Half Marathon Challenge. Unsure how to train for a half marathon? We’ve got you covered. Need someone to talk to when nerves set in as you’re facing your first double digit run? Yep, we’re here for that too. Thanks to the generosity of Muscle Milk Light and NorthShore University HealthSystem, this program is your coach, running buddy and support group all rolled into one. Four Chicago-area athletes will take part in our 12-week program as “NorthShore Runners”, and one lucky lady will be selected to receive additional perks as a “Muscle Milk Light Athlete”. (Source) I entered my application and figured that if I was picked, it would be a sign that I should run a half marathon. I’ve had the idea of a half marathon in the back of my head, but was always apprehensive about doing it. Well, I got an email yesterday saying that I was selected as one of the NorthShore Athletes for Zooma’s Chicago’s Half Marathon Challenge Program! I am very excited but nervous too. The program includes:
- A support network of the Chicago Ambassadors of the race
- Training Plan
- Zooma Training T-shirt
- Education/ Cross Training
- Race Entry
- Muscle Milk Light
As part of the program, I will be interviewed by Zooma and the ambassadors, have weekly check-ins, and attend four Zooma events in Chicago. Exciting stuff! I am very excited to be given this opportunity and can’t wait to get started! This half marathon also came at a great time because my goal for the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign is to run a half marathon! Yesterday Yesterday, I went with Jaden’s class on a field trip to the zoo. When I came downstairs all ready and dressed, Danny asked me if I was wearing workout pants to the zoo. Yes, I am wearing working pants to the zoo. The only time I’m not wearing workout or sweatpants is when I’m sleeping…or when someone takes me out to dinner. And even then I contemplate wearing workout pants. I’m going to be walking around the zoo with 6-year olds in hot weather. What do you want me to wear – a party dress? The kids loved the zoo. They’re favorite animal was the peacock. On the way home, there was an accident on the highway and we were stuck on the hot bus forever. It wasn’t fun. Finally, we made it back to school. It was such a nice day out, so we got frozen yogurt, dropped my niece off, and then went to the park. Obviously you’re never to old to play at the park. We ordered pizza and watched the Chicago Blackhawks game. Well, actually Danny watched the game. I sat on the couch and read. My dad got us some Blackhawk shirts. My brother: I wore mine to bed…and tied it on the side because I’m 80s like that :) Today’s Workout
- 3 miles outside, nice
- Trifecta Class – 60 minutes
What a difference night and day make – literally. While my run was pretty terrible on Tuesday night, this morning it was good. It wasn’t necessarily fast, but I sure felt a whole lot better today than I did running at night. I noticed that my miles always start out fast and then get progressively slower – which is the opposite of how it should be. Without meaning to, I usually start out too fast and then lose steam by the end. I need to work on starting out a little slower so that I can speed up as I go. I finished three miles by 6:45 am, then I headed to the gym at 9:00 am for the Trifecta class. After the gym, my niece and I just ran a few errands. Tonight it Jaden’s first t-ball game! Have a great afternoon!
- Have you ever run a half marathon? Any advice?
- When was the last time you went to the zoo? Favorite animal?
- Favorite sports team?