4 Weeks to PR

I expected to wake up this morning, pop out of bed, and feel just like myself again because I am an optimist and because I spent all weekend feeling sick and I am now done with being sick.  Unfortunately, there was no popping this morning.  I still sound pretty bad and I have a wicked sinus headache.  Ugghh!   I was hoping, wanting, and planning to get in a strong run this morning.  My backup plan was to just get outside, walk or run and just do whatever I can.  But, I feel worse today than yesterday!  Enter frustration…


About 10 months ago, I set a goal of running a half marathon PR this year.  I was motivated by my impressive marathon splits last October and convinced that I could run 13.1 in under 1:50.  My first attempt at this was in May.  Although my training had ups and downs, I was confident on race day.  Unfortunately, I hit the wall HARD at mile 8.  Although I didn’t get the time that I was hoping for, I powered through for a strong finish and was definitely pleased with my run.  I was hoping to run another half marathon in early October, but a broken toe set me back on mileage and split times.  Now, here we are about 4 weeks before my Thanksgiving half marathon and my quality of training is POOR.  I haven’t run more than 10 miles in a long time and my energy levels are on the floor. 


So my head knows that this PR is a long shot, but I also know that I LOVE running, races, and the half marathon is fun distance no matter what your race time.  Yes, non-runners, I did just say that 13.1 miles can be fun : )  Moving forward, I plan to do the best I can with my training.  What is hard for me is knowing how strong my running was a year ago, but I have to keep in mind that this  has been a different year for me.  This year has been busier and more stressful, and I haven’t been able to prioritize workouts and training.  And the extra LBs hanging around aren’t helping either.  The optimist in me knows that f I don’t hit that 1:50 this fall, there is always next year.  I know that I have that PR in me!  But a lot goes into making my body race ready, and I welcome the changes it takes to get there.


For breakfast, I dove into a bowl of Pumpkin Chia Oatmeal from Veggie V (I added some banana to sweeten it up instead of syrup). 




And then topped it with my homemade apple butter.


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Yum!  What a happy breakfast!!!




Sadly, after breakfast I crashed on the couch and haven’t been able to get myself moving since.  I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck!  Meanwhile, I rediscovered an old guilty please, the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders TV show.  Please don’t judge me!  You know you have a guilty pleasures too!  I used to watch this show ALL the time when I lived in Memphis.  Who knew that it was still on?  Yesterday, I DVRed, like, 6 hours of the show which have been keeping me entertained from the couch.  Because I was sick all weekend, I had big plans for today, but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.  Return…frustration…I hate being sick and I’m sure ya’ll are sick of hearing about it : )  I am off for a nap!



How do you prepare for race goals?

Do you get frustrated when you’re sick?

Am I making any sense?  ha ha!

6 thoughts on “4 Weeks to PR

  1. Pumpkin chia oats sound amazing! These are definitely on the “to make” list, which is growing longer as I look at your recipes haha:)

    • Isn’t that the hardest part about reading blogs…I always leave wanting to make more and more delicious foods. By the weekend, I have the longest list : ) Thanks for stopping by!

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