Hello! Today I’m taking a break from fashion and beauty to give a little update on my running. If you’re new here or in case you missed it, I actually have a couple blog posts from last year explaining how I got into running. You can find those posts here and here or navigate to the top of this site under lifestyle > personal.

In a few short weeks (yikes!) I’ll be on my way to Southampton, NY to run in the USA Women’s Half Marathon on May 14th. This will be my second half marathon (13.1 miles) and probably my last, LOL. But, that’s what I said last time 😉 I’m very exited to be visiting one of my favorite states again and exploring a new city, all while putting my body through the ultimate test as I embark on a 13.1 mile journey with 900 other women from around the world. I’m excited but nervous!

The Race

How’d I choose this race you might ask? Well, while Boise has lots of races to offer, if I’m going to run 13.1 miles, I want it to be somewhere new and refreshing. Earlier this year I was researching half marathon’s around the US, and stumbled across the USA Women’s Half Marathon in NY. Justin and I were wanting to visit New York again and I thought a race would be the perfect opportunity to get us there. So, I signed up! It was a lottery draw, though, so I wasn’t guaranteed to get in.

After 2-3 weeks or so, I finally got an email saying I had been accepted! In a way I felt like I had won a prize or something because out of all the women who signed up for this particular race, my name was drawn from the lottery! It was so exciting for me, and still is!

The Training

Once I received my acceptance email, it suddenly dawned on me that “oh crap, I have to run 13.1 miles…” I knew I could find a training plan online and work my ways towards a half marathon again. After all, I trained myself for my half marathon last year. But this time I wanted a coach/trainer to not only help me get faster, but to show me workouts/stretches/plyometrics that will aid in my running.

After talking around, I finally found my current coach and have been working with her since March. She has me running 4 days a week, and while my pace per mile isn’t where I want it to be just yet, I know I’m making progress! Let’s be honest, it’s not like I’m training for The Olympics or anything.

The Nutrition

Ah… food. A tricky battle for a lot of us! This part is quite dull as I never tracked what I ate until this past week. Being only a couple weeks away from race day, I wanted to really dial in my nutrition while still living/enjoying life. I am now working with a nutrition coach to help me with my macros and getting me prepped for the big day. He won’t be rid of me after the race, though, as I have different fitness goals I’m trying to reach once we’re back from NY!

What’s Next?

Slow your roll! One race at a time for this gal! But as of now, I’m thinking I want to become a short distance runner after this long race. Distance running is strenuous, yes, but quite literally takes a lot of time out of your day. I miss my Saturday mornings at home! It will also be more realistic for me to reach my pace goals if I’m running less miles at once. But, we’ll see how I feel after my half marathon.

And that’s the update! While I don’t have many posts on IG about running, I like to chat about it on my stories and keep you all updated on my next running venture. A few weeks ago I mentioned taking you along a run with me via an IG reel and I’m still thinking about it. Is that something you’d like to see from me? What other running questions or fitness questions in general do you have, if any? I’m an open book!

Thanks for reading, and keep me in your prayers on May 14th! I can’t wait to share about it.

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