I made the decision to run my first Half Marathon in December!! EEEEK I’m sooooo nervous. I know a lot of you probably follow me from my IFBB Bikini Pro competition days but I wanted to try something new that I could do to be competitive that had a bit of a challenge and didn’t require the type of dieting I used to do.
A little background on my running. When I was 15, I decided to join the Cross Country team because I wanted to join some sort of athletic team. I had no running background and to be honest I didn’t really know what I was in for. When I think of me running CC in high school, only bad memories come to mind. I had the worst Shin Splints, I was the worst on the team (LITERALLY), and I was the joke of the team. At my first race, I took off in a dead sprint not knowing about pacing yourself and came in dead last. (please don’t laugh….. Ok maybe a little). I was usually the last person at CC meets. What I didn’t know then, that I realized years later, was that it was all mental. What I also learned is that if you start off slow and slowly start doing it more often, you get better. It doesn’t get easier. You just get better and stronger. I only did CC that year and never went back.
After high school, when I started getting into my serious training mode, (that will have to be another personal blog in the future) I started running again but on a treadmill. There was no pressure, I had awesome music, and I went at my own pace. I started running more than 3 miles and my pace also started getting faster. For the first time in my life, I discovered “Runner’s High”. That’s actually when I fell in love with running. But who am I kidding? Sometimes I have days where I’m off and hate it.
When I started doing fitness competitions, my coach and I realized that running was the best way for me to get in shape. So for years I have ran but the longest I have ever ran was 8 miles. I did it at the Turkey Trot a few years back with my hubby. It was amazing to know that I could finish 8 miles without stopping. Crossing the finish line with my best friend/soulmate/partner in life holding hands was so euphoric for me.
So here I am at my 5th week of training for my half marathon with 12 weeks to go. I decided to do it that far away so that I felt ready for it. I want to be able to cross that finish line the way I did when I crossed the 8 miler and also with a faster pace.
I’ve already posted about it on Facebook, but I want to share some of the supplements and accessories that I’m using to keep me healthy.
Jamie Eason Signature Series Krill Oil – this is great for joint support. Which is so important for runners. It also helps manage inflammation, assists in fat loss, and a natural support for healthy cardiovascular system.
Jamie Eason Signature Series 100% Whey Protein Shake – great for lean mass building. Perfect after a run because it’s so fast digesting for muscle recovery. Zero artificial flavors, artificial colors, preservatives or artificial sweeteners. As of right now for limited time a 2 lb bottle is $44.99 when normally it’s $59.99.
Massage Foam Roller by RumbleRoller – this Foam Roller is going to help restore flexibility. The bumps on the surface continuously knead the contours of your body, gently stretching soft tissue (muscle and fascia) in multiple directions. This action soothes trigger points, helps restore flexibility, and supports post workout muscle recovery. If you can, I recommend doing it daily. I’ll be honest I don’t do it daily but I should. It feels so good like a massage when I do! The smaller one is great for traveling if you travel a lot.
Thanks so much for always reading my blogs and supporting me. I am going to be filming a video this week on getting the right shoes for your run so stay tuned as I will post it on here and my YouTube channel.
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