It has been a very productive couple months. I hit 600 miles on my 2,017 miles in 2017 challenge back on April 11th. Just 17 days later I crossed over the 700 miles number.
Late April I ran the Icebreaker 5 mile Road Race. I have been working hard training to run this race under an hour. First time doing the 5 mile one since I have always ran the 3 mile race. This day was full of cold and rain but that didn't stop me. Crossed the finish line in 57:39 min.. Super excited to beat my goal time by almost 3 minutes...
I had a blast getting colorful with a Color Run 5K to help child abuse. My friend's daughter ran the race as well. We met afterwards and snapped a colorful photo of us together! The next day though on my weekly long run (training for my half marathon) I feel and banged up my knee... So my running came to a slow crawl for a few days while getting my movement back.
During my recovery I managed to walk/run to 800 miles. I was bummed though that I had to stop all my long runs while I recovered with my knee since it was bandaged after being scraped and bruised pretty good. Through it all I was able to make it to Half Marathon Day!
During my half marathon training I signed up to run the Bloomsday 12K Race in Spokane WA. This was my first race of this length. 7.47 miles.. I met a local friend there and we started the race together. My goal was to run it in an hour and a half. That was my before fall time so I wasn't going to hold my breath. Well I did pretty good. I ran it in 1 hr 33 min. Only 3 minutes slower than what I wanted so I was super excited. I hope to run this again next year and try to beat my time. Praying no injury just a week before!
May 21st was the big day. My first ever half marathon. I knew because I stopped long runs at 10 miles which ended up being 3 weeks earlier, I was afraid time was not going to be record breaking. That's okay because I signed up to do this to complete it, not to beat anything. I went out, did my best and crossed the finish line!
My hubby and my daughter came to cheer me on. They met me at the 3 mile mark, 10 mile mark, 13 mile mark (daughter) and hubby at the finish line!
Tomorrow I will be hitting the 900 mile marker! I am getting close to half way to my 2.017 mile goal for the year! This challenge has really helped me grow as a runner, take more challenges including running a half marathon! Have had this race idea on my bucket list for 3 years and thanks to this Run the Year challenge I put it on my agenda and worked hard to train for the past 5 months.
The second half of the year will be more 5K's, hiking and at least one 10k in August. I love looking around the area for races to run that aren't in town so hopefully I can find some fun ones to conquer before the end of the year!