An Amazing Run + Reminiscing About My First Half

Last night I had a GREAT run! 5 mile progression run and then a half mile cool down. Every mile felt really amazing and at the end I felt like I was flying. That’s the best feeling. That’s why I run.

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I hope to carry this feeling all the way into the weekend and have a killer long run on Sat.

I ordered my tutu for the Princess Half yesterday. I went with the Cruella themed one! She’s definitely not a princess, but the tutu is just so fun looking.

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My friend is going as Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I can’t wait to see how our costumes come together on race day!

Speaking of half marathons, I was reminiscing today about the “good old days” when I was training for my first half : )


In the weeks leading up I was so nervous. I wondered if I would make it to the finish line, if the bridge I had to cross would sap me of energy, what I would say if I had to drop…

My running coach gave me the best pep talk leading up to the race though.

First, a couple of weeks out she told me to start using the visualization technique – where you picture yourself running through aid stations and then crossing the finish line strong:

“Feel yourself picking up the pace as you run strong and fast and controlled, through the finish line, crossing the finish line, running right through and then seeing the volunteers, handing you water, putting your medal on you, congratulating you. Think about how it feels to know you trained for this and you did what you set out to do. Smile and be happy.”


Second, she reminded me that running is something that I choose to do. She told me not to be nervous because “it’s just running, it’s what you love to do.” That really put things into perspective for me and alleviated a lot of my nerves. It was exactly what I needed to hear.

Even now as I prepare for my second half with a lot more confidence in my running abilities, it still makes me feel better to think “it’s just running, it’s what you love to do.”

If you’re getting ready for your first half, don’t put any unnecessary pressure on yourself (easier said than done, I know).

Running a half marathon is just running. You’ve been doing it all training cycle long (and probably longer than that). Now, as the big day gets closer remember that running the half is just an extension of your training. In fact, it’s the celebration and culmination of all the hard work you’ve put in.


I wrote this letter to myself at the end of my training cycle and read it the night before my half. I found it to be really helpful and encouraging. I even read it again on race morning. If you’re feeling nervous it might help you to write something similar and read it to yourself whenever the butterflies start racing around in your stomach.

Phew I wrote a novel today! If you made it all the way to the end …  thank you : )

How are your runs going this week? Easy breezy? Hurt so good? Mentally tough?



  1. January 16, 2014 / 6:58 am

    What a great post! One of my mantras is, “I’m so lucky I get to do this!” Sometimes when I’m in the middle of a hard run, I remind myself that I choose to run, that running makes me happy, and that I’m lucky to be able to do it. Shifting my outlook is so helpful! Your preparedness for this half is going to make a huge difference, and so will your positive attitude!

    • January 20, 2014 / 10:29 am

      I love that! It’s so important to remember that running is a privilege. Whenever I am at a really low point I remind myself of my step-father who was in a wheelchair for the last two years of his life. After being a police office and firefighter it was hard for him to make the transition mentally to being in a wheelchair. It happened suddenly and it could happen to any of us. It makes me grateful to use my legs to run.

  2. January 16, 2014 / 8:10 am

    I say the same thing Ali does during a run- YAY I GET TO RUN!! I am lucky. Actually right now I am not lucky because my PT doesn’t want me to run. 🙁

    • January 20, 2014 / 10:30 am

      Injury and not being able to run always puts things into perspective for us, doesn’t it? It makes us miss those tough runs where we might have sworn we would never run again seem like the best day ever 🙂

  3. January 16, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    This is such great advice! I also really love the ‘on a scale of 1 to 10 I’m a 13.1’ picture. I might have to steal it!

  4. January 16, 2014 / 10:21 pm

    I feel like i am flying, too, this week! I am back at it and feeling GREAT! Yay! Unfortunately, with moving and all, it is not leaving a lot of time for blogging, but I will pick that up again soon 🙂 Love the tutu and you are going to rock your next race! While you are feeling so good, have you conquered the 10 minute mile yet? I am sure you can do it!

    • January 20, 2014 / 10:32 am

      Yay, so glad to hear you’re rocking the runs too! I have not gone for the 10 minute mile yet. I did almost kill myself getting it one time last year, but I feel like that was a fluke so I haven’t officially crossed it off my list yet. My right knee has been bothering me some, so I haven’t gone for what would be an all out sprint for me 🙂

      … soon!

  5. January 16, 2014 / 10:46 pm

    I made it all the way to the end 🙂 Great post. It’s always fun to look back and remember how far we’ve come in our running. That’s what is great about keeping a blog! Hey the visualization technique sounds like a great idea! Happy weekend 🙂

    • January 20, 2014 / 10:33 am

      Hi Crystal! Thanks for reading it all the way through!!! The visualization technique works great for me. I use it on almost all of my long runs for motivation!

  6. January 19, 2014 / 8:44 pm

    Love the costume choice! I love the visualizing! I try to do it so i won’t focus on other things lol I always get race nerves though. I even had them today and I was afraid for a moment I wouldn’t be able to finish…then I thought I do this at home why not now?! I always get nervous though, I wish it would go away!

    • January 20, 2014 / 10:34 am

      Thank you!!

      I think some pre-race jitters are totally normal. If we didn’t get nervous it would mean that we didn’t care about our results even though we put a ton of time and effort in. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of pre-race nerves, but I love that once I’m running the anxiety completely melts away. I hope that happens for you too!