Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The Waiting Game

As everyone knows, I have my first half-marathon race this Sunday. It is the Xterra Boney Mountain Trail Race. If you follow me on facebook, instagram, or twitter, I am sure you are tired of me talking about it. Well, too bad, my close friends and family are tired of hearing about it too, so that is why I started this blog and joined those social sites. It's all so I can vent all this running stuff to you guys and gals so my head doesn't explode from holding all this excitement and enjoyment in. :)



This week has been about tapering down my runs and mostly trying to stay active enough to not go stir crazy but not too much as to not be fully rested and ready to race. Because I am tapering there isn't much awesome fitness stuff to recap.


On Sunday I ran an easy 5 miles and than today I ran 4.5 miles. I have been riding my bike to and from the bus stop and mixing in some push-ups, sit-ups, planks, squats, and lunges sporadically during the day as well.
Today's early morning run.

My family and I have been streaking this year. :) A family that streaks together are weirdos stays together. We have gone for a walk at least a mile everyday this year. Yesterday was day 7. Now that I have posted it here on my blog, they are accountable and can't wimp out. Ok, maybe it's so I don't wimp out. haha.

I still haven't fully decided on what my goals are going to be for this race. It will be the farthest distance I have ever run and the terrain is not going to be easy. So it is hard to put a goal time or pace down. Here are the goals that I have so far.

1. Finish <-- Instant distance PR.
2. Top 15 in age group <-- To get Xterra points.

I realize that I am not good any to earn enough Xterra points to earn an entry into Xterra Nationals. But if I earn any points at all, my name will come up on the Xterra leader board. I just think that would be cool.


Is anyone else going to Xterra Boney Mountain? Any one else have a race this month?

16 comments:

  1. Good luck on your first half! Its super exciting!

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  2. My first half was in September 2012, the Akron Half Marathon. I will never forget it, and you will never forget yours. I don't know what you're talking about when you mention Xterra points, though. Is that a running club?

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    1. Xterra holds several regional race series. Top 15 in each age group earns points. Each regional points winner get a free entry into Xterra Nationals. They also to offroad triathlons. http://www.xterraplanet.com/xduro/series.html

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  3. Great Job On Your Goals...headed to the gym right now.

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  4. Great goals. I love that your family streaks together. Great bonding activity!

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    1. At first the kids were really against it but now it has started becoming habit. Yesterday was day 8 of the walking streak.

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  5. oh the waiting game and avoiding taper madness!! :P i always just remind myself that the mental agony of taper is worth it come race day. great goals...but i think u can certainly pass way above finishing, i see u rockin it! :)
    PS-uuummm...we can never get sick of running and racing talk ;)

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  6. I am soooo excited for you and I'm sure you will kill it cause your a bad*ss! ;)
    I must warn you though, once you run a half you'll want to run more and that leads to a full.... and then maybe ultras but it's okay, there are plenty of us who understand and we will ALWAYS listen to anyone who wants to talk about running, training or racing. :)

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    1. Thank you. :) I haven't even ran this one yet and I already have plans for more half-marathons this year.

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  7. Wish we could have seen you there! Congratulations on your first half marathon; that's a HUGE accomplishment (and not an easy route to boot!). Glad you've gotten into the epic running spirit! Hopefully we'll see you at a race soon :)

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  8. Congratulations! It's a great feeling, isn't it?

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  9. Hope you race went well. Looking forward to the recap!

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  10. Just read your recap. Didn't realize it was your first! Congrats!!! :-) :-) :-) :-)

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