Lyna was my running buddy every time! She slows me down, but I like having her there. Monday was a rest day so I gladly took that off. Tuesday through Thursday were 3 mile days. I forgot to time us, but I think we averaged about a 10 minute pace. Thursday was really exciting because I motivated Peter to go running with us so the whole family (baby included) went for a run! I made sure our route went past some sailboats for my husband since he really enjoys sailing.
Saturday was a 4 mile day (the long run day of the week), and I had the whole course mapped out. It was a simple out & back course on a bike trail. I knew just after we crossed rail road tracks, I was supposed to go around a curve and turn back. The only problem was, the curve that I saw first didn't seem big enough to be considered a curve so I kept going to the next curve. That was my mistake because the little curve was the correct curve meaning I went an extra 1/2 mile out of my way. At that point, Lyna was dragging me down, so I stuck her in the jogging stroller with CJ where she gladly accepted the lift for the next mile and a quarter sitting with a smile on her face panting and drooling on the baby's feet while he napped. Then she decided she wanted to snuggle, and tried sitting on CJ's lap. Of course, a 25 pound dog on a 20 pound baby wasn't really going to work out (even though he was still asleep) so I made her run the rest of the way. It also had my biceps burning like crazy! If I keep pushing those two around every time I run, the half marathon will seem like a piece of cake without them. I have contemplated pushing CJ for part of the half though because strollers are allowed, and it would be a good nap for him. I guess we'll see how I feel about that later.
I haven't really nailed down a goal time for the half marathon yet. I ran my marathon in 4 hours 25 minutes. I'd like to do better than that since it's half the distance for sure, but I also have to be realistic. I had a lot less commitments in my life then and my schedule was pretty much set for every day of the week so finding time to run was a lot easier. According to the Race Times Predictor on RunnersWorld.com, I should expect to run a 2 hour 7 minute half marathon. So maybe I should set my goal at 2 hours? I'm not sure. I think I'd need to go for a run outside without the dog & baby to see what pace I'm really able to run.
We had an exciting first week of fundraising efforts! I am happy to say we raised $175 already! I did go ahead and change my goal to $1,000 because $500 just seemed like I was setting a goal just to be able to reach it. I want to have to work and worry about it. I do want you to know that when I registered, I said I did not want to accept the prizes for reaching certain goals. The AHA does give out prizes if you reach a certain "level" of money, but I do not want to do this for my own personal gain and I'd rather your donations be put to good use saving lives. If you would like to make a donation, please visit my page here. Here is a little snippet about what the money donated is used for:
- You put up-to-the-minute research into doctors’ hands so they can better prevent and treat heart disease.
- You support groundbreaking pediatric heart and stroke research to help more than 35,000 babies born with heart disease each year.
- You help get lifesaving information to those who need it most, from how to recognize the signs of heart attack to making healthy eating choices.