PSA: I have lost my mind.

by Her Happy Balance on May 8, 2014

So…this happened.

RnR Half Marathon Confirmation

Yup, I’ve officially kissed my last marble goodbye, said so long to my life, and hopped aboard the crazy train! Or maybe it will be the struggle bus; this remains to be seen.

After having a month of above average runs, I decided, hey! I should run a half marathon! This is what happens when you decide to go on a crazy health kick, stop drinking alcohol, and wake up at 4am to workout – you lose your freakin’ mind. #helpme In case you are wondering, the longest run I’ve ever been on was 7 miles, AKA just over half of what I will be completing in September. So I’d say I’ve totally got this in the bag πŸ˜‰ Ha!

Luckily, I’m not afraid of hard work. I realize that multiple times in my training I’m going to want to stop and give up. And I know that I may have to over dramatically crawl across the finish line and scrape every ounce of energy together to do this, but I also know I am not going to give up. Please remind me that I said this two months from now.

So yeah, homegirls gone a little cray up in here. <--exhibit A. But I'm excited. And scared. But excited. And nervous. But yeah, this is happening. Also, I advise you to buy stock in Body glide now…because for some strange reason I have a hunch their value is about to go up, exponentially πŸ˜‰

Thoughts??
PLEASE TELL ME EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT RUNNING.
Email a sister.
What’s on your running playlist?
Will I die? I’m hoping the answer for this one is a resounding no…but I mean, it is a half marathon, so…

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Maureen May 8, 2014 at 6:46 am

How exciting! I’ve run this race 4 times and it is great for first timers! It’s mostly flat (there’s a small uphill getting to the Falls Bridge, the there’s another uphill right before the finish), and RnR usually does a good job making sure there’s entertainment along the course. It can be crowded, but there’s definitely a party atmosphere. Plus, beer at the finish, which you won’t get at other big Philly races like the Broad Street Run or the marathon/half marathon in November. Good luck with your training! You can do it!

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

That is awesome news to hear! Flat, party, and beer all sound like excellent things πŸ™‚ At the end there is a headliner? Are they ever any good or are they all old hair bands? Either way, I probably will just be relieved I finished that any band will sound good if I have a beer in hand haha. Thanks for the kind words, training starts July 1st!

Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie May 8, 2014 at 7:00 am

Woohoo! Welcome to the half-marathon crazy club! You will do fine! If you’re already running 7 miles, then training will be a breeze.

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

I REALLY hope so. When I was writing “13.5 miles” as my last long run on the calendar I kind of wanted to take a nap just from thinking about it.

Heather @fitncookies May 8, 2014 at 7:18 am

I had a friend run the half marathon last week and only ever ran 6.5 before.. which means I know you got this πŸ˜‰

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

That is so reassuring to hear!!! Thanks, I hope I love it πŸ™‚

Nicole @ Simply Nicole May 8, 2014 at 8:44 am

bryan’s sister is doing this! bryan and i will probably be there cheering you all on!

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

YAY! Make a sign! lol I may die, so I’d like to see some nice words before I do πŸ™‚

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne May 8, 2014 at 8:54 am

Congrats girl!! This is so exciting!!! And I think you’ll do fine! Just remember to listen to your body, stretch, foam roll, wear compression socks, refuel, rest, and you’ll do great πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:45 am

I think this entitles me to buy a new pair of running shoe, right?! I’m SOOO overdue! I’ll try to be good about the stretching and rolling, thanks girly!

mindy @ just a one girl revolution. May 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

You’ve TOTALLY got this!! I love Hal Higdon’s training plans – make sure you get your long runs in!

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:46 am

I like his Novice 2 plan, I used that plus a few others to come up with my plan πŸ™‚ Thanks for the kind words, Mindy!

Brianna @ I run He tris May 8, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hi Leslee- new reader here . πŸ™‚ Congrats on signing up for your first half!! Signing up really is half the battle. If you can run 7 miles, just work your way up to the 10 mile mark and after you’ve already run 10 what’s an extra 3.1? My one tip is to not increase your mileage too quickly! Best of luck and I’m looking forward to following your training journey!

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

Woo, hi Brianna! So nice to “meet” you πŸ™‚ I will have to mosey on over to your blog stat!

And that’s exactly what I keep telling myself, what’s another X amount of miles?! πŸ™‚ Thank you for the words of wisdom and kind words on my training! So glad you found my blog πŸ™‚

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life May 8, 2014 at 11:55 am

You’ve TOTALLY got this!! You’re such a dedicated and hard worker, that I have complete and total faith in you! The biggest thing for me when preparing for my first half marathon (and honestly every single one since then), is to look through a bunch of training plans, and then find one (or make one) that’s going to work for YOU. For example, I knew that running 5 days a week was going to burn me out. So I found a solid plan that included 3 days a week of running, and 2-3 days of cross-training. Kept me from getting bored, and knocked 15 minutes off my previous half time!

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:49 am

Can you come along with me and tell me all these nice things while I’m running so I don’t quit?! That would be ideal πŸ™‚ And I completely agree with your training plan method, 4-5 days is just too much running for my body. I’m going with 3 days running, 3 days cross/strength training and a full rest day where I sit on my butt and eat something that has lots of cheese in it πŸ™‚ <--- this will be the secret weapon, the power is in the cheese hahaha!

Caitlin May 8, 2014 at 12:41 pm

Dude! You totally have this!!! You are what going to absolutely love it after you rock it and then sign up for many more, including some in Pittsburgh next year πŸ˜‰ If you need anything, give me an email and/or a text. I am so excited for you πŸ˜€

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

LOL, maybe we can both do the Hershey half in the fall?! I guess I should see how I like my first one before I sign up for every race within a 2hr driving distance. Thanks for the kind words, lady!!

Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom May 8, 2014 at 4:13 pm

SO EXCITING!! You will rock this πŸ™‚

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

Can you guarantee this? lol Because i’m excited but so nervous!!

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake May 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm

If I can do it, anyone can! πŸ˜‰

Her Happy Balance May 9, 2014 at 10:52 am

Girl you rocked the Princess half!! I hope all the training helps get me prepared πŸ™‚

Stephanie@nowiun.com May 11, 2014 at 11:34 pm

You. Will. Not. Die.
You WILL LOVE THIS! πŸ™‚
I’ll be cheering for you! What types of things do you want to know?

Her Happy Balance May 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

Mostly I want to know what kind of gear to invest in…shoe inserts? Hand water bottles? Spi-belts? That sort of thing. And thank you for the kind words πŸ™‚

meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles May 12, 2014 at 6:40 pm

You can totally do this!

Her Happy Balance May 16, 2014 at 9:41 am

Thanks, Meredith! I’m definitely going to try my hardest to πŸ™‚

Kaitlin May 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm

WOOHOO! I love signing up for races! you will do great. I highly recommend a playlist – maybe some upbeat pump-up songs (different for everyone). Ones you want to break down and dance to (and maybe I have done that a few times).

I like to start off a bit on the slower end so I don’t tucker myself out, but keep my mind focused on the runners ahead of me. Stay with them and slowly pick them off (if you are into that). Training wise, as long as you make it up to 9, you should be golden. If you get to 11, even better. Feel free to email if you want any other random tips πŸ˜‰

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