I’m a little further behind on my running training than I’d like to admit – the last double-digit run I did was at my half marathon. Ever since I scraped my hands up, I haven’t run more than once a week. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous going into this Tarheel Ten Miler – especially after L’s horror stories of the hills! When we were lining up for the race bright and early this morning, I legitimately had no expectations (I also forgot my running watch and iPod, but that’s a different story). I was even mentally prepared if I needed to walk from mile 8 onwards. But I ended up running really strong. Around mile 9, I started to feel a little tired, but the idea of finishing outweighed my burning legs, so I went for it!
To be honest, not a lot of thought went into my race outfit – I just picked things that were clean and short for the race!
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Top: From this road race
Bottoms: Nike stolen from LB (similar, similar)
Shoes: Asics purchased four months ago for $80 (similar, similar)
Last Saturday I ran a half marathon, but this weekend a 5k kicked my butt. Today I ran the Atlanta Women’s 5k and it was the hilliest, hardest course I’ve ever run. About two and a half miles in, we finally hit a downhill and all the spectators started yelling that we were super close. I kicked it up a notch, only to find myself at the bottom of a never-ending hill. When I passed the 3 mile mark, I thought I was going to die, but I stayed with it. Which ultimately lead to me gagging and throwing up as I crossed the finish line. The worst part? It wasn’t even close to one of my best times. The whole experience gave me flashbacks to when I ran the 800 meters in college – a race I’d like to block out of my mind! At least after the race, I headed over to my running buddy’s house for mimosas, donuts, and some quality time with toddlers!
Clearly this is the outfit I wore after the race – believe me, I did not look cute in my race clothing! I got dressed in the dark so I didn’t wake L up so I didn’t even loosely match and then afterward I looked like I needed a shower. Not cute!
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Dress: J. Crew Factory purchased four years ago for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased four years ago for $60 (similar, similar)
I spent the summer of 2012 training for my first half marathon and interning at a technology company forty miles from home. Originally I signed up for the Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon in Providence, Rhode Island to stay in shape for indoor track, but I fell in love with my weekend long runs. One year later, I completed my first full marathon in Corning, New York. It was my last race before my first major AS flare up.
For the next few years, I flitted in and out of doctor’s offices and subsequent work-out studios. One month I would be diagnosed with a “weak core” and found myself at a high-intensity training studio; the next month I was told I had uneven hips and yoga would be my savior. I went through brief periods of being able to run and other times where I was in too much pain to walk. My body no longer felt like my own – it changed without warning and resisted any attempts to appease it.
Finally I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, but running long distances still wasn’t an option. My first rheumatologist was a “non-runner” and didn’t understand my desire to run – although to be honest, I don’t even think I know what I wanted to run. As a college runner, I’ve hated more runs that I loved, but running had become a symbol of the control I so desperately craved. It was representative of the person I was before the pain and I missed that person.
In the fall of 2015, I ended up in Atlanta with a new rheumatologist. I was put on Humira and my quality of life and mobility improved. .As I crossed the finish line of the Publix Half today, I couldn’t help but have a “weeping willow” moment. For so long, I was a prisoner to my body – it determined whether it was going to be a good day or a bad day – but today my body was my own.
Top: Nike purchased four years ago for $15 (similar, similar)
Bottoms: UnderAmour gifted eight years ago (similar, similar)
As I’ve mentioned before, I’m training for a half marathon. Our long runs are supposed to be on Saturdays, but given my state, I was NOT ready to run that far yesterday. So this morning I woke up early(ish) to tackle the 11 miles on my own. Shockingly, I actually ran really fast (and right past LB’s house)! I was super pumped – so I spent the rest of the day doing a little bit of nothing. Although, I am watching some dogs via Rover to make a little extra money for the wedding. I’ve watched these cute little schnauzers before – they’re super sweet and old.
Today it was pretty nice out, so I took advantage with a pair of shorts! This top is an awesome one I got from ThredUp a while ago – I’m such a bargain hunter and I LOVE getting quality things for less!
Sound off: anything you’re training for?
Top: ThredUp (J. Crew) purchased one year ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Shorts: J. Crew Factory purchased three years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Sperry purchased three years ago for $60 (similar, similar)