2.27.2014

marathon chronicles 01. first run.


i jokingly mentioned in my fashion to fitness post that this blog may turn into a documentary of how i ran my first marathon. well, it won't...but since fitness has become a huge part of my life, i am going to write about it here in this series called marathon chronicles. if health and fitness don't interest you, then feel free to skip these posts...but ya might miss out on some fun stuff!

last weekend, i completed my first run of the year.
while i haven't officially started training for the marathon, i had been training for this 8.15 mile great aloha run. it was a nice substantial distance that allowed me to gauge my fitness level at the start of this year. i did this run last year with absolutely no training and completed it just fine. not fast, but not last...probably running 60%/walking 40%.

this year, after running 3-4 times a week, i shaved 10 minutes off last year's time and ran 85%/walked 15%. the one issue i faced this year was heavy and fatigued legs; they felt like lead at the start of the race. i was on my feet for most of the day-before, so it's possible my legs didn't get enough rest and recovery time? anyways, it's something i'll have to look into so that it doesn't happen on marathon day.

i slept at my friend's house the night before so that i didn't miss the 3:15am wake up call. last year i woke up at 5:30am!! after coffee and cereal, we headed out and arrived at the buses by 5am.

here we are around 6:15am making our way to the corrals.
7:00am gun goes off. so many people this year! it took a while before we were actually able to start running.
and...crossing the finish line.

next stop? breakfast!


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23 comments:

  1. Kudos on your marathon! I have always wanted to be a runner but have never the had the stamina for it.
    Lisa K.

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  2. Sorry, I didn't understand right. At what time the marathon started? You woke up at 3am ??? Anyway, I started fitness a month ago and I feel I'm doing it wrong. But at least I move! So these posts are going to be interesting to me!

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    1. haha, the run started at 7am! 315 was early, but better than being late and missing the bus to the start line!
      any fitness is good fitness...keep it up!

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  3. This is awesome! Good for you, Beck! It always helps with the motivation to have a few good friends to do the adventures of working out together!

    xo April

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    1. yes, you definitely benefit from a good support group!

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  4. The next stop...breakfast is the best part! LOL
    Great job and wonderful series. I started to do this and ran out of steam since my race calendar is always really spotty due to my hectic mom duties! If you decide to add any features let me know. I am not an expert, but I have a few tips here and there.

    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Great post! Well done on your progress :-)

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  6. Que bueno !! Una gran ejemplo :) Yo tengo que ponerme en ello y hacer algo de ejercicio !

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  7. If there's one thing that I cannot do, it's run. So kudos to you for doing this run and for improving from last year. I wish you lots of luck with the marathon.

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    1. i used to hate it in high school when i HAD to run. now i love it!

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  8. Good for you! I always admire runners and marathon runners. A lot of work goes into running marathons. Good luck with future marathons too!

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    1. yes, running a marathon is definitely a huge commitment! thanks~

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  9. That's so awesome! Congrats on running and on your new time. Cute shoes, by the way. This post is really motivating me to hit the gym tonight :)

    LittlePinkRainBoots.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks!! i love these shoes, but they are getting old :(

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  10. congratulations doll! look at you crossing that line! LOVE your sneakers :)
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. thanks, kim! these shoes were my absolute favorite!!

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  11. How AMAZING is this! I need to get my butt in gear and start running. I've always wanted to but my chest size makes it quite hard. One day I really hope to, though.

    Congratulations, this is so spectacular! I absolutely love the picture of you gals crossing the finish line with your gorgeous sneakers. That picture really makes an impact for me, and I hope it does for you, too!

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