My PR has my heart.


Yesterday I completed the SLO Half Marathon!

This marks my 4th half marathon and a new PR of 1:57:32.

I finally achieved my goal to run a sub 2 hour half marathon.

What a day it was.

This note has been taped to my computer for a while now…

I might be (a little) goal oriented…

Anyway,

Since I live in SLO, this race was very special to me!

My mom, sister, friend Paula and BFF Julie, all came out to cheer me on.

(Julie even brought me flowers!)

Check out the awesome signs they made for me!

Here is a cool picture that my sister took at the finish line.

And of my medal!

Overall, it was an excellent race. It was very hilly though and quite windy… but it didn’t rain so I can’t complain.

In other news,

I didn’t sleep very well the night before the race (as per usual) and woke up at 3 am.

Needless to say, my most recent Craigslist purchase came in handy!

Meet Christophe, the Espresso machine (he is French… obviously).

He likes to make me salted caramel lattes… in mustache coffee cups.

They make me go fast!

Before the half, I fueled up with my usual crock pot “protein oats” but made a few adjustments;

I tossed in some of the chia seeds that Nativas Naturals sent me and some PB2 for good measure. The chia seeds were delicious! Here is what went into the crock pot:

  • 2 cut up apples
  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • 2 tablespoons of PB2
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds from Nativas Naturals
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1.5 cups of oats
  • cinnamon to taste
  • sugar/ splenda to taste

I mixed it around and then filled the crock pot to the top with water. I let it cook over night and woke up to this amazingness…

It looks disgusting, but was so good!

This also made me go really fast!

After the race,

I took an ice bath (it sucked) for 20 minutes and then went to my favorite restaurant Big Sky for breakfast.

What?!?! I was celebrating!

Today, I am having trouble walking.. it’s really fun (not really, it’s actually not fun at all)!

But, totally worth it.

On that note,

Look who already has a new goal…

Do you like to set goals?

How do you hold yourself accountable to them?

Do you like bloody Mary’s?

Happy Monday!

-RatherBeRunnin

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48 thoughts on “My PR has my heart.

  1. kitsmanila says:

    “Today I am having trouble walking.”
    After having completed my first 10k last Sunday, these words were such a relief to me! I’m not weird! This is normal! Thanks – its just a one liner from your post but it was helpful for me 🙂 Keep on running and inspiring!

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  2. meaganmck says:

    I tape goal race times in places that I can see them, too! Love the visualization. I’ve been known to take a piece of paper with a goal marathon time with me to a treadmill, so that I can look at that time while doing speedwork (which is no fun on a treadmill!) – when I wanted to stop I just kept thinking, if I don’t do this, I’ll never get there. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  3. Mariajose says:

    Congrats on your new shiny PR! That’s always the best feeling, followed by crossing the finish line (in my opinion of course). Hills are always tough for me as I hadn’t been training on them for a while until they started kicking my butt and had to start training on them.
    I am sort of goal oriented. I think for me, it depends on the race. However, I do have goals that I plan on accomplishing this year by specific races and that is to pretty much beat my PRs from last year. Haven’t been able to meet them but I’m pretty close. And, as for Bloody Mary’s, I’ve never had one. My boyfriend says I probably won’t like them though. 😕

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  4. sephiroth796 says:

    Congrats on getting passed the 2 hour barrier. I did last year and it felt awesome. And yes, just like you, I had to raise the bar. I’m still trying to beat 1:50, but so close. Great post.

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  5. tribalancegirl says:

    Awesome post and love to see that two letter word…PR! Congrats. I’m goal oriented too. I keep magnets on my fridge, a binder full of notes, and reminders on my computer too.
    LOVE your post race bloody mary. To answer your question, if I could have a bloody mary for bfast every day and not seem like an alcoholic, I probably would 🙂

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    • ratherberunnin says:

      Thank you so much for the ReBlog! WOW! I have been training for the last year and a half to get to this point. This is my 3rd half since I started consistently training again in Dec of 2011. I did a lot of strength training from Sept thru Dec of 2012 and just stuck to my running plan. Check out the sub 2 hour half marathon plan from Runner’s World. I am going to follow that one for my next half in 2 months.

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