Here are a few photos from the Chicago Half Marathon this past Sunday (Sept 7). Overall, it was a great morning! The weather was perfect and having my best friend cheer me on at miles 4 and 12 was just what I needed to get over my nerves and kick butt. I finished in 2 hours and 40 mins with an average pace of 12:15 per mile… right on target. I’d like to average 12:30/mile during the marathon, so I’ll practice running a bit slower this Sunday during my long run.
This was my second race (the first was a 5k in June) and my first ever half marathon. I’m happy to have earned it in Chicago. The trip was incredibly restorative and I’m back in Boston with a second wind. With just under 8 weeks until NYC, I’ll need it… Here are a few photos from the Chicago Half Marathon this past Sunday (Sept 7). Overall, it was a great morning! The weather was perfect and having my best friend cheer me on at miles 4 and 12 was just what I needed to get over my nerves and kick butt. I finished in 2 hours and 40 mins with an average pace of 12:15 per mile… right on target. I’d like to average 12:30/mile during the marathon, so I’ll practice running a bit slower this Sunday during my long run.
This was my second race (the first was a 5k in June) and my first ever half marathon. I’m happy to have earned it in Chicago. The trip was incredibly restorative and I’m back in Boston with a second wind. With just under 8 weeks until NYC, I’ll need it… Here are a few photos from the Chicago Half Marathon this past Sunday (Sept 7). Overall, it was a great morning! The weather was perfect and having my best friend cheer me on at miles 4 and 12 was just what I needed to get over my nerves and kick butt. I finished in 2 hours and 40 mins with an average pace of 12:15 per mile… right on target. I’d like to average 12:30/mile during the marathon, so I’ll practice running a bit slower this Sunday during my long run.
This was my second race (the first was a 5k in June) and my first ever half marathon. I’m happy to have earned it in Chicago. The trip was incredibly restorative and I’m back in Boston with a second wind. With just under 8 weeks until NYC, I’ll need it…

Here are a few photos from the Chicago Half Marathon this past Sunday (Sept 7). Overall, it was a great morning! The weather was perfect and having my best friend cheer me on at miles 4 and 12 was just what I needed to get over my nerves and kick butt. I finished in 2 hours and 40 mins with an average pace of 12:15 per mile… right on target. I’d like to average 12:30/mile during the marathon, so I’ll practice running a bit slower this Sunday during my long run.

This was my second race (the first was a 5k in June) and my first ever half marathon. I’m happy to have earned it in Chicago. The trip was incredibly restorative and I’m back in Boston with a second wind. With just under 8 weeks until NYC, I’ll need it…

beckyleemorgan:

Icing up after 12 miles. I’ll be here all day if you need me.

75 Days to Go

This weekend I ran my longest distance yet -9 miles! I couldn’t have done it without the beautiful Boston morning, a bunch of Gatorade, and the comfort that it would be over in a couple hours (1 hour and 51 min to be exact). As much as I enjoy running, part of my enjoyment comes after I’ve already completed a work out. The distances at this point can be overwhelming to think of, but Sunday’s long run offered a glimpse into what’s to come… and it wasn’t that bad.

I felt the run as soon as I finished it. My muscles felt sore and climbing down a step was a chore the rest of the morning. I stretched, put an ice pack on the sore spots for a few minutes, and hopped in the shower. I was pretty wiped the rest of the day, but I was lucky to be on-call at the hotline so that I didn’t have to do much outside of the apartment. This morning I feel mostly recovered but I can certainly use a rest day. This is probably the first time since the start of training that I’ve really needed it.

One of the perks of running greater distances is that I get to travel farther from my neck of the woods. Plus, I get to see the city at times I normally can’t. The photo above was captured around 8am Sunday morning as I approached the halfway mark of the route. It’s a poor photo, but it was a great sight to see in person. Hopefully my photography mid-run skills will improve next week so I can share more!

I’ll be adding one more mile to my long run the end of this week. I’m pretty sure that won’t be such a problem, and I hope to change things up and seek out more nature this time. This was a good end to week #5 and I’m still excited for what comes next. Thanks for reading!

beckyleemorgan:

Love finding stuff on a long run! #thejoiningproject

Missing Out

I was sidelined from training this past week due to an illness. The first day or two of missed workouts felt like a nice reprieve. Why go for a 5 mile run after work when I can come straight home and eat delicious junk food with my boyfriend? Mind you, I was technically sick, but I admit I could have fit in a few miles here or there if I genuinely tried to lace up my sneakers. Giving myself a few excuses at a time, however, trumped what will I had to continue training during a week where sleep was few and comfort food was plenty.

As I started to feel better, I began feeling nervous about jumping back into my training program. This was week four and the mileage was continuing to ramp up, culminating in a 8-mile run Sunday. Not having trained all week, I certainly wasn’t going to dive into a long run, but I wasn’t sure how to prepare myself mentally and physically for the demands of week five having not stepped a foot on the track for 9 days. I felt like I was missing out on the opportunity to build upon the work I had already put in. And if I couldn’t find the lesson in all of this, then what was the point?

In looking at the schedule for this week, I chose to ignore Monday’s usual rest day. After all, I just had 9 days off. So, to ease into a full week of running, I took an easy 3-mile jog around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. It was difficult to get out the door once I was home from work, but I thought about the future payoffs (physically and mentally) of pushing myself in a small, safe, and doable manner.

My short 3-mile run went well! I was able to keep steady pace and finish strong. Most of all I was able to calm my nerves about missing out on a week’s worth of training. My top priority throughout this journey has been to have fun and to make a positive impact on the community with my involvement with the Center Against Domestic Violence. So far, I’ve raised $1,300 for the center, or just over 40% of my goal. Not bad! And despite being sidelined this week, I’ve felt very satisfied with my progress. I’m fitter than ever and I’ve found a therapeutic outlet via running. So what if I missed a week? I’ve still got 12 more to go. I don’t expect this to be the last of my blunders, but I’m learning not to sweat the small stuff, to be grateful for what I have, and work towards my goals at my own pace.

If you’re interested in sponsoring me, please donate at www.tinyurl.com/rebeccamorgan .

TUMBLR Bake Sale for Charity!

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**TUMBLR BAKE SALE** Now thru Friday, August 8 help sponsor my TCS New York City Marathon training and get a delicious treat in return! 

- $1-14 for a surprise treat
- $15 for a dozen brownies
- $25 for TWO dozen chocolate chip cookies
- $50 for a pie OF YOUR CHOICE

If you live in Boston, I’ll deliver your gift straight to your door. Outside of Boston? No worries! I’ll make sure it arrives on your doorstep fresh and ready to eat!

To donate, please visit www.tinyurl.com/rebeccamorgan. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and benefit the Center Against Domestic Violence's youth programs.

Reaching a Personal Best

Week 3 so far has been a great mood booster. Mileage steadily increases, as do the fun, more nuanced workouts. A hectic schedule Wednesday kept me indoors most of the day, so my Fartlek run will have to wait until Saturday. Fartlek is a swedish term for “speed play,” or a training method that blends intervals of regular and fast paces to keep you on your toes (however, you should run heel-to-toe or midfoot during long distances so as not to cramp your calves). 

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Sunday I reached the farthest distance I have ever run - 6 miles! As some of you know, I was not a regular runner (or exerciser in general) before starting to run/walk this past April. So to feel my body carry me through 6 miles Sunday evening was a proud accomplishment. I ran at my usual, slow pace of 12:35 min/mile which allowed me to strongly complete my run without any fatigue during or after. 

Then on Tuesday I reached a personal best for pacing - 4 miles at 11:35 min/mile! I admit this was too fast to try to maintain in longer distances, but it was purely accidental. I was more focused on finishing the run than paying attention to how fast I was going.

It’s been awhile since I’ve reached a personal best as quantifiable as ones you earn while training. It’s difficult to see where I’m besting a situation at work or in my relationships. Running has served as a symbol of my body’s potential to do things I never thought I’d be happy to do. I actually enjoy pushing the limits (in a safe way). I’m excited for the next workout and the one after that, partly because it’s a finite time carved out for me to fully expend all the strength I’ve built up over these last few weeks. And seeing my progress in such a short time span (still 13 weeks to go!) has inspired me to look for personal bests in other areas of my life as well.

There’s no app for being the best girlfriend or confidante, daughter or co-worker every day, but I’m more in tune with the space I’m filling on a daily basis. I feel more in control of the positive and more prepared to conquer challenges on a good day and weather them on a bad one. But lately (and I’m hesitant to say this) my days have been great. And I’m positive it has to do in part with my marathon training.

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More About My Marathon Team & Where Your Money Goes

The Center developed the Relationships Are Elementary program in partnership with the Bank Street College of Education. The first of its kind, it teaches young children how to prevent relationship abuse.

The curriculum for this program is designed to engage children in a two-way conversation about how people relate to one another in relationships. Students learn about the elements of inequality, power and control that are at the core of abusive relationships and explore how relationship dynamics relate to their own life experiences. The program helps children understand the relationships they have in the present and encourages them to build healthy ones in the future.

To donate, please visit www.tinyurl.com/rebeccamorgan