The Starting Line

The Starting Line

Where to begin?

I guess the best place is the starting line, right?

My first marathon was in May 2014 and I have been absolutely hooked since! To date, I’ve completed 4 marathons and hope to make that total 7 by the end of the year. Eventually, I hope to run a marathon in every state.. and somewhere international would be pretty cool too. Who knows where my feet will take me 🙂

long run quote - kristin armstrong

I love being in training. Week in and week out of hard work and seeing it all pay off on race day. Having a schedule to follow and seeing improvements each week. Believing in the whole point of it all and most importantly, yourself. Crossing the finish line. I really can’t explain it but I’m just absolutely hooked. The quote to the right really speaks to me because it hits the nail on the head on how I feel after finishing a long mileage training run. So incredibly worn out but for the best reason. Running never fails to put me in a good mood.

I wanted to start a blog at the beginning of the year to keep track of my training, etc. but I never got around to it. I think I was afraid I wouldn’t keep up with it. But spring race season is coming to an end therefore fall race training begins in a few short weeks and I’m thinking this will help me stay on point during the weeks in between. I have a tendency to slack off when this time comes around. I’m determined for that to not be the case so that I can have an even more successful training round & crush some goals in the fall. I. Can’t. Wait.

Causeway Collage

Speaking of the end of the spring race season, my 2nd to last race was on Saturday morning . I ran the Colchester Causeway 15k and finished in 1:26. The causeway is this gravel path that extends out around 4 miles or so into the middle of Lake Champlain. It has gorgeous views and is one of my absolute favorite places to run. It was a beautiful day except for the fact that is was extremely windy out there. My watch was full so I couldn’t use it. Rookie mistake Jackie. No worries though, I used my phone instead to track my pace and finished right around the time that I wanted to!  I really focused on an easy first 2 miles then picked up the pace for the last 7.3. I ran the last mile in 8:52 because I really wanted some water. I chose not to run with my camelback because there were 2 water stations on the course (we passed each 2x) and I figured this would tide me over. Also, I left it in the trunk of my car since the marathon 2 weekends ago and it was pretty nasty. But, I think it would have made me perform better. I just love being able to have water whenever I want it, not every 1-3 miles. This run was a bit of a mood booster for me because I felt really good and the race I’m running this weekend is making me a littttttle bit nervous. But, I’ll tell you about that later.

Anyway, this blog is going to be about all sorts of things but mostly focusing on my running journey and travels. I’m going to use this as an accountability tool to help in accomplishing the goals that I set for myself.  Also, I want a way to share about my trials and tribulations on my transition to being a full time veghead for anyone who cares. But I’ll tell you about that later, too. Stay tuned for some good times!

~Jackie


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