Gettin’ Wild

31 Jul

Thank you so much for all your supportive comments on my thoughts about college and the Air Force. All and all, I am really leaning towards the Air Force. As soon as I have a day off from work, I am scheduling an appointment with a recruiter. Just like I think the Air Force isn’t for everyone, I don’t think college is for everyone either.

Let’s get down to business.

Yesterday was my second half marathon, but my first half marathon for a trail race. It was the Wildwood Trail Run. It was actually the same course as the Forest Park 20k I did so I was familiar with the path.

Since I knew it was the same course, I gave myself a goal of beating my previous time. My previous time was 1:36:41. In this case, the seconds matter because I PR by 18 seconds. I was rather disappointed that I didn’t at least do a minute better, but I realized that I started off way too fast. I was so wrapped up in the competition aspect that I didn’t even enjoy my surroundings. I was also so focused on pushing through my soreness from lifting weights the other day that I was afraid to slow down. I just kept pushing it. I felt super fast, but I don’t think I was going that quickly as I felt. It’s funny how that works.

Whatever, whatever.

My final time was 1:36:23.

I came in second place out of 167 people.

I was first in my age group and first woman.

Of course, I’m pleased with my results. Second place isn’t terrible even if it was out of 167 people. It was just one of those races that I wasn’t entirely pumped up for. I listened to some music before hand to get my fired up, but I was just so focused on picking people out from the crowd and telling myself I would beat them.

In actuality, I was a mixed bag of emotions Saturday morning. I was panicky, thrilled, and apprehensive all at once.


In the end though, I got my medal and I did set a new record for women on the course for the half marathon. Holla at your girl.

Just adding it to my collection.

That wasn’t a boast or anything.



My appetite is slowly coming back. I somewhat did an experiment that Racing Weight recommended, which I will have a review of soon. In the past two days, I have been starving constantly hence eating sweet onion rings from Burgerville at ten at night. 

Have I stepped on the scale? Yeah

I’m just telling myself it’s muscle. I mean, it really should be. My pants fit the same.

Who cares? I shouldn’t.

Whatever. Moving on to my new obsession:
So good and it says it helps skin, nails, and hair. I need that. Desperately.

In other news, here’s my week in review first starting with eats:

 Tamales w/ eggplant (good mix I know)
Dinner @ work. Tofu + snap peas + swiss chard + tuna casserole

Dinner @ work again. Tuna + asparagus + rice + potato ball of cheese

Workout review of 25th – 31st:

Monday: 10.01 miles @ 6:42 average pace (hills)
Tuesday: 9.06 miles @ 6:53 average pace
Wednesday: 7.46 miles @ 7:03 average pace (easy run)
Thursday: 10.21 miles @ 6:49 average pace (longer than expected. I got lost.)
Friday: Easy day of upper body weights
Saturday: Race! 13.1 miles @ 6:59 average pace
Sunday: Weights and spin class

Total Mileage: 49.93

I failed at upping my mileage once again. I just want to be in the 50‘s. I’m almost there. I either need to get speedier or go longer. I’ll aim for both.

Enjoy August!

By the way, just out of curiosity, how many of you would enjoy book reviews on normal books? By normal books I mean books not associated with running.

“Second place is not a defeat. It is a stimulation to get better. It makes you even more determined.” – Carlos Lopes


27 Responses to “Gettin’ Wild”

  1. Tara July 31, 2011 at 2:04 PM #

    I spy a future Kara Goucher 🙂 congrats! Even if you did go out to fast, it’s a lesson learned for next time. You still kicked butt! I’m excited to hear about race weight, but I’d love to see other book reviews too. I’m reading the hunger games right now and i love it!!

  2. runningperspective July 31, 2011 at 2:10 PM #

    DUDEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE YOU OWNED ITTTTTTTTTTTT!!!! heck yes way to freaking gooo!!! that time is absolutely amazing!!!!! and it was a trail race!!! you effing killed it!
    be damn proud!!!!!!!!!

  3. Alexandra July 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM #

    You set a new record?! Get it girl!!! ahh I’m so proud of ya mah friend 😀 Now can I steal your onion rings please? because those are lookin mighty delicious haha
    I’m all for the regular book reviews, always hunting for a good read.

  4. allieksmith July 31, 2011 at 2:19 PM #

    GREAT job on the race!

  5. Kristy July 31, 2011 at 2:59 PM #

    Great race! I can only dream of being as speedy as you. In long races, I’m happy to achieve steady 8-8:30 minute splits. I bet you would do great in the airforce! I know I’m not tough enough, but you go girl! As for weight gain, it’s definitely all muscle. And, I would love normal book reviews : )

  6. Sweet Cheeks July 31, 2011 at 3:20 PM #

    you are fricken amazing!!!! Like a machine, really. Dang girl, good job!!!

    i want that tamale. NOW. and I love book reviews!! I’m reading hunger games right now. 🙂

  7. Claire July 31, 2011 at 4:21 PM #

    great job! you know gaining healthy weight will help skin, hair, nails too – muchhh more then zero calorie vitamin water 😉 your one fast chick!

  8. Tessa @ Amazing Asset July 31, 2011 at 4:29 PM #

    Holy crap girl, congratulations! You are SUPAAA fast 🙂

  9. Keri @ Blue-Eyed Runner July 31, 2011 at 4:46 PM #

    Amazing results on your 2nd half marathon!!!! Great time! I would def be interested in non-running related book reviews!!!!

  10. Amanda @ Running with Spoons July 31, 2011 at 4:51 PM #

    Daaaaaaamn girl! That’s a freakin’ awesome time. Congrats!

  11. Hollie @ Lolzthatswim(andRun) July 31, 2011 at 4:58 PM #

    I’m reading racing weight now too. It’s so good-I’m in love with it. It has kept me busy the entire weekend or so.

    Anywho-awesome on your race. You are seriously the and like I said in your last post. I really think you can go elite.

  12. Isabelle@cheesymiteapples July 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM #

    Awesome race results!
    Bring on the reviews on normal books. I ♥ reading and it would be great to see what your thoughts on your current reads!

  13. haleyy0806 July 31, 2011 at 5:01 PM #

    Dang girl CONGRATS on an awesome race and way to rep the ladies!
    I’m always looking for new books to read that are actually good and not total let-downs so YES book reviews are the shizz.

  14. Ma Ma Megan July 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM #

    I can’t get over how fast you are! This is amazing! 😀 Congrats!

  15. Jessica Martin July 31, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

    Congragulations on the race! You are such a great and inspiring person!

  16. hippierunner July 31, 2011 at 10:23 PM #

    I’d like normal book reviews! And it is muscle! 🙂 oh yeah and YOU ROCK! YOU SET A RECORD!! That is amazing.

  17. Alexis - PumpedforPumpkin August 1, 2011 at 5:54 AM #

    Dang girl!!! Keep up those awesome times you rocked it out 😀 That’s so awesome!

  18. tinkerbelle86 August 1, 2011 at 9:32 AM #

    wow well done you!

  19. Britannie August 1, 2011 at 1:33 PM #

    You’re such a beast at running, and with the whole Air Force thing. I love your attitude like always improving your running times/speeds/miles and stuff, def. admirable.

  20. sarah August 1, 2011 at 4:56 PM #

    You are going to be on the front cover of Runners World one day- I can feel it- CONGRATULATIONS on the race!
    I love your writing style, so I’d read anything you write- non running book reviews and all.
    Just ignore the scale – weight fluctuates for a number of reasons aaaaall the time.

  21. BrocStar August 1, 2011 at 8:31 PM #

    Holy crap lady- you are crazy fast! I am another Portlander and I actually remember seeing you at the start line of the Foot Traffic Flat Half. Of course.. I only saw you at the start because you probably finished at least an hour before me. 😀 Anyway, neat to have found your blog!
    And I grew up with a military father and have 2 brothers who went through some military. It’s not for everybody but it is a really good option if you don’t want to do college. Good luck!!

    • lifttorun August 1, 2011 at 10:13 PM #

      Ah no way! That’s crazy that you saw me.

      • BrocStar August 3, 2011 at 9:43 PM #

        Yeah… I usually recognize other freckly white blonde people like myself. We’re a rare breed. 🙂

  22. katshealthcorner August 1, 2011 at 10:53 PM #

    Oh my gosh girl. You are my hero. YOU BEAT THOSE RECORD!! GO CHRISTY!!!

  23. Michelle August 2, 2011 at 9:27 AM #

    Wow! You are a speed daemon! Way to go!

  24. AntosDoesLife August 3, 2011 at 6:31 AM #

    Congrats on the half! That’s amazing! You’re so speedy, I wish I could be like you! 🙂

  25. Jess August 3, 2011 at 7:34 PM #

    In my opinion, YOU ROCKED ITTTTT!! first woman/first age group?! That’s crazy awesome 😀

    i don’t know if i commented on your air force post- but if i didn’t here it is–GO FOR IT!! i think it would suit you quite well 🙂

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