I still wanted to share with you my thoughts on the half-marathon Jeremy and I ran in Eugene, OR together!
Jeremy totally did this for me…. and I am so proud of him for exceeding his goal of running 8 min mile pace, AND beating first half-marathon time by at least an hour!!!
We always joke about how Jeremy ran a half-marathon to “get me to like him” before we were dating. Five years ago, I signed up to run the Helvatia Half-Marathon (which basically does loops around Roloff Farm’s), and told Jer *jokingly* that he should join me during the race, when I ran past his driveway.
Well he did a lot more than that…
The kid ran the entire half-marathon (not having run one day in the last year…) in Vibram five finger shoes!!! You know those shoes that are like running in rubber toe socks? Yeah… the entire race was on pavement and gravel…*regret*
He some how managed to finish the race… I never saw him during or after, but he had a metal from the race and shredded feet to prove it!
Here is a I photo that I found of my friend Hannah and I (from 5 years ago) after that race!
Now that Jer and I are married, I convinced him to give another stab at the whole running this. But this time with a little more preparation…
So for the last three months I have been training Jeremy for his second half-marathon! We ran the whole thing together with our friends Lauren (my teammate in college) and her boyfriend Tim! It was a blast. Now Jer finally understands what a runners high is;)
It means so much to have a husband that commits to doing/learning something that you love, just because you love it. There is power in sharing. If your husband or wife loves something, than there must be something to love about it. If you are willing to share in the love of that thing… You might surprise yourself! Jeremy did:)
For all you runners out there here are a few of my thoughts, and perspectives on racing.
Fueling to be fast – Everyone is different when it comes to race day meals, but there are a few things we can all agree on. If you are running a half-marathon you need something in you body before you step to the starting line. I recommend a protein-carbohydrate combo that is easy to digest! My race day breakfast usually consists of oatmeal with flax seed, a banana, almond milk, and chia seeds. I will usually supplement my oatmeal with a couple bits of a protein bar, and half a Gatorade about an hour before warming up for my race. Hydration is obviously a must, but you need to be hydrating your body adequately 48 hours prior to the race. My race day liquids consist of 60% water, 25% Gatorade, and 15% coffee;)
Prioritize them zzzz’s. – The most important night of sleep before your race is two nights before. If you can sleep an extra hour than you are used to (and at least 8 hours total) it will help you feel substantially more rested on race day. If you know that your half-marathon is going to start at 7 a.m., it’s a good idea to start your training runs at 7 a.m. during the week of the race. This will get your body used to running at that time of day. It might also mean going to bed earlier, in order to get up and eat something before your 7 a.m. run. Your body will thank you on race day when you are wide away and well rested!
First of all, set a reasonable SPECIFIC goal. – This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t “dream big” and set high goals, it just means that along with those deep-rooted ambitious goals should be an attainable goal that you are willing to tell someone with confidence. Write it down. Setting goals allows you the opportunity to look back and reflect on your races, which is the key to improvement! Each race is an opportunity to learn about yourself as a runner, competitor, and human being. I think sometimes during a race it’s easy to turn your goal into an expectation. Don’t do this! I’ve been guilty of this so many times, and all it does is invite in the doubt. The second your expectation seems too far out of reach, is the second you rob yourself from the race you are capable of running!
Write inspiration on your hand – Think of a couple words, or a phrase, that would be a motivating reminder during your race. Write them down on your arm or hand where you can catch glimpses of them during your race. For me, I always write, “Always More” in black sharpie on my hand, and cover it with glitter nail polish so that I don’t sweat it off. “Always More” is my reminder that I always have more in me to give, than my body tries to persuade me.. More strength, endurance, energy, power, drive, and tenacity.
Create a race day prayer – Here is Jeremy and I’s race day prayer: Give us the COURAGE to RISE UP and BELIEVE that TOGETHER we can CONQUER new PEAKS. May we step to the starting line with PASSIONATE DEDICATED hearts that are willing to TAKE RISKS. Let us run with RESILIENCE towards a finish line of REDEMPTION. I pray that we would persevere with PATIENCE and that our TENACITY would lead us to triumph. We believe that you called us to be WARRIORS, so when we step to battle, assure us that we have everything we need already inside of us. And when we think we don’t have anything left, be our UNRELENTING reminder that we ALWAYS have MORE. May our CONSISTENT COMMITMENT to each other, to this race, and to you, lead us to victory. We DEDICATE this race to you. Amen.
Remember that your goal does not define your race – …So during your race, don’t let it! There is ALWAYS so much MORE going on in a race than you know while you are running. And to be honest, you shouldn’t be concerned with everything that is going on in the race, just run your race! Use everything you got, then for the next race, believe that you ALWAYS got MORE!
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