Yep, I’m gonna say it. I have a … HUSBAND (and here I was finally getting used to the whole “fiance” label). I took the plunge and became “Mrs.” Gingko last weekend! The wedding was all that I imagined – just like everyone said it would be – my own little fairy tale surrounded by friends and family from every stage of my life!
Reality hit quick though. I had a half marathon to run just one week after walking down the aisle. As you mgiht recall, I work for the American Cancer Society and raced the Capital City Half Marathon with the American Cancer Society Endurance Team. My hubby took one for our team and ran his first quarter marathon to support me. Happy wife, happy life…eh…well, he’s off to a good start!? I was so PROUD. Just gleaming.
And that wasn’t the only thing that had me gleaming about this race!
My race preparation was not ideal, to say the least. Between event season at my day job, editing deadlines for my book, and last minute prepping for the wedding, I stuck to mostly early morning runs and had limited long-runs on the weekends leading up to the race. I’m happy to say that I surprised myself a 1:29:57 finish for the half, but I can definitely tell you my legs were not so happy. The last three miles were a struggle as my longest training run was a 10-miler a few weeks back; most of my other runs were limited to 3-7 miles and accomplished no speed work-outs.
Nutritionally, since being with Sam, I’ve been doing much better! I’ve gained back the necessary weight to be considered “healthy” and feel stronger than ever. When I was struggling with my eating disorder and still running marathons, my nutritionist always said if I was feeding my body adequately, I’d be capable of a 3:10 marathon. I never believed that one, but now, I’m starting to get more comfortable with the challenge!
Have you ever shocked yourself with a PR?