I wanted to write this post for a couple reasons. One, just to reflect on the past few years and how / what running has done for me. But to also keep me accountable for the races to come. So here we go!
I've been doing triathlons since I was little. My parents still like to brag that I was second in the Nation when I was maybe 11 years old. As many kids though, just because you're good at something, doesn't mean you really love it. So I moved on, tried other sports (like all the sports — gymnastics, volleyball, karate, etc.). But I ended up swimming and playing soccer until college.
Through the college years, I played some intramural volleyball and soccer and occasional worked out, but I would say I wasn't too active. Unless you count walking across college campus and the hills in San Marcos. But a year and half after graduation, after I started working at the church, I joined their Running United club. I thought it'd be a good way to meet coworkers or members — plus I was living at home — so this was a good way to stay active. I believe we started running in the summer and by October, I ran the Ten for Texas in 1:28:29 (8:50 min/mi pace). After that, I was hooked. I really never knew I enjoyed running, until this group.
After the 10 mile, I registered for The Woodlands Half Marathon. On March 5, I ran the 13.1 miles in 1:58:44 (9:03 min/mi pace). Fun fact — my brother, who is just an active individual, started the race with me. I thought he was just going to run the first mile or two, but ended up running the WHOLE race. Later that month, I completed the Houston Spartan Sprint Race. Not for time or competition, but for fun. The Spartan (sprint distance) was full of obstacles, including jumping over fire, and was a great experience with friends!
This is my first year back to the triathlon world — and oh boy, did I miss it! I started with The Woodlands CB&I Triathlon in May, with an overall time of 1:22:26. This is considered a sprint distance, of .47 mile swim, a 15 mile bike and 3.1 mile run. I definitely recommend this for any beginner.
Later that year, I traveled to Chicago — and for the first time! My cousins, who live there, signed up for the Transamerica Chicago Triathlon (guess it runs in the family), so of course I signed up too! This was a international distance, or olympic distance, which is a .93 swim, a 24.8 mile bike and 6.2 mile run — and I completed in 3:11:26. To swim in the Lake Michigan (in a wet suit) was such a rush, but I'll be honest, those hills got to me! But again, I had so much fun exploring this city though the race and so glad I was able to do this with family!
Since I got back into running again, a full marathon was on my mind. I put it on my "to do" list. So, I went ahead and signed up to do the full 26.2 miles before my wedding in March — the Chevron Houston Marathon! With all the wedding planning, my training lacked a bit, but in January this year, I can proudly say I did it! At 4:45:31 (10:53 min/mi pace), I crossed that line.
Which bring me to my next race in November — the Oil Man Texas Triathlon! I'm trying to better prepare for this one, since it is a half Ironman and all. So before this "70.3" mile race, consisting of a 1.2 mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run, I'm swimming twice a week, going to Orange Theory every other day, and slowly working up the bike milage every Saturday.
I'll try to write a follow-up post on how all the training is going, but that's the plan for now! Here goes the next four months!