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Training for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend

I had a fun idea while training for the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend: Why not write down some thoughts and take a selfie after every training run to see how I progressed over the weeks of training? I really enjoy tracking my improvement in things that I do, so with the help of the RunKeeper app I started to do just that.

What follows is a collection of my runs, my thoughts after each run, and a selfie from each run.

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

3.23 miles, 12:45 pace

No note

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

2.65 miles, 11:56 pace

Butt hurt at the outset. Shoulders felt tense. I focused on keeping shoulders loose and keeping a steady breathing pattern. Almost got run over by a white Land Rover. What a jerk.


Friday October 3, 2014

2.62 miles, 11:49 pace

Knocked 15 sec off my pace which is surprising because I had a hard time breathing. My throat, mouth, and lips were really dry. Was listening to "Gone Girl" audiobook though. Never listened to an audiobook while running so maybe it's good to listen to and made the difference in my pace.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

3.76 miles, 13:22 pace

Easier run than I thought, though I did take it easy due to the fact that my body is sore all over from the batting cages yesterday...and from being hungover...but my pace really suffered. I listened to music. Dunno if that was a factor in my slower pace.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

2.57 miles, 11:50 pace

Started off way too fast because of emotional trauma. Nice change of scenery with the new course though.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

2.65 miles, 11:49 pace

No note

Sunday, October 12, 2014

4.57 miles, 13:23 pace

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witness, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12: 1-2

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

3.18 miles, 13:14 pace

Listening to Mosaic podcasts is making this easy.

Sunday October 19, 2014

6.36 miles, 12:53 pace

Took about 25 minutes to get into it and I was not relaxed at all. The second half was easier than the first. Nice going down the creek trail.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2.87 miles, 12:59 pace

Something's in my head that's making this seem like work. I gotta work on my mental game.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

3.34 miles, 12:54 pace

No note

Saturday, November 8, 2014

3.11 miles, 17:01 pace

Electric Run! Didn't run very much but it was a super awesome time with great friends...and I danced afterwards so that made up for the walking ;)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

6.18 miles, 12:27 pace

Tried a 3:1 interval today and it went well. Fell into a nice groove. Will probably keep that pace going forward unless my knees start hurting. Felt some twinges in my OS one today but I think I'll be ok. Will maybe ice it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

3.27 miles, 12:58 pace

Adult errands!

Friday, November 14, 2014

3.31 miles, 13:23 pace

I think my mentality has changed. It's no longer what I notice that is hard, that needs improving, but rather what new things I notice seeing or experiencing while running. Like Tub's Chili. I'm going to get chili there soon.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

7.22 miles, 12:18 pace

Air was dry, or pollen-y. Hard to breath sometimes because of my asthma. But the second half went by so fast.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

3.23 miles, 12:37 pace

I will not be a wanderer. I will not be a prisoner. I will not be a fool. I will be an adventurer, courageous enough to explore the deep waters of God's love.

Friday, November 21, 2014

3.77 miles, 12:43 pace

Feet hurt. Very tight. Started listening to Serial. Very interesting and also very scary…

Sunday, November 23, 2014

8.04 miles, 11:45 pace

I wish my runners high would hit me BEFORE I got to the 4 mile mark...first half was a struggle, second was a breeze.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

9.02 miles, 11:49 pace

Pain in the groinal area. Gonna have to take special care of that. Same as always, second half easier than first. I think it took exactly 48 minutes to hit my groove. Good run.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

3.56 miles, 12:29 pace

Ran with Tyler. It was nice having a partner.

Friday, December 5, 2014

4.49 miles, 12:35 pace

Saw parts of Santa Monica I never saw before. Big wide quiet streets, beautiful houses. Talked about being adults and living life.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

5.98 miles, 12:07 pace

Unable to go to Santa Monica as my car was blocked in. Had a LOT of trouble breathing...I think there's a cold trying to take hold of my throat. Not a bad run though, but the groin pain is back. I didn't have a problem with it when I did 2/1 during the week, so maybe the 3/1 is too much. We'll see.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

3.91 miles, 12:45 pace

Mystery machine and film set. Cool and easy run.

Friday, December 12, 2014

4.84 miles, 12:56 pace

Rainy run; it was fun! A fellow runner have me a thumbs up tonight which made me smile :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

8.03 miles, 11:41 pace

Used KT Tape for the first time since the LA Marathon and it was a HUGE help. VERY good run. The river looked beautiful today. Sub 12 min pace baby!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3.91 miles, 12:53 pace

Good run. Little struggle. Lots of cars pulling in and out of driveways got in my way.

Friday, December 19, 2014

4.80 miles, 12:57 pace

Annoying that I had to dodge a news camera in front of Sony. Sharp pain in my right glute. Boo. I'll try to relax it.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

11.07 miles, 11:42 pace

Super pain in the right groin. Second half was a limping struggle because of this. I gotta learn to let go of measuring time and distance early on so I'm not working myself up and getting nervous for no reason.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

5.08 miles, 10:46 pace

Western Reserve Frosty 5 Mile on Christmas Eve. Ran with my brother Patrick! That boy has never talked to me more than when we talked during this race :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

12.08 miles, 12:51 pace

Ouch. Hard. Not easy running 12 after a week and a half not running and maybe being sick. Glad it's over.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

8.05 miles, 11:43 pace

Last long run before Star Wars. Swift as the coursing river :)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

5 miles, 12:32 pace

Manetaya. Last run before Star Wars! So excited!!!!!!

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