Bucket List Runs, Running, Traveling

My Chicago Marathon

Yesterday, October 13, I had the amazing opportunity to run the 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon! It was an unforgettable experience!

My running adventure in Chicago started on Friday at the expo. To be there, at the Chicago marathon expo one of the marathon majors, seeing the Abbott World Marathon Majors booth was surreal. It’s a dream… a goal to one day run all six and I couldn’t believe I was there. I even saw the six star medal!

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5K ready!

Then on Saturday I ran the International Chicago 5k. It was a great race! It was freezing though, and as a Florida girl it was probably a bit worse for me haha! But the course was great and it gave a nice peek on what the martahon would bring. My mom joined me and dad on this 5k so it made the experience even better.

Sunday was the marathon. I met some fellow runners at the hotel and it really made the entire experience even better. Standing there at our gate with my dad and new runner friend, again gave that unbelievable feeling. We were there… in Chicago, about to run the Chicago marathon. Each step brought us closer to that starting line and it was amazing.

Even crossing that start it was still surreal and I tried to take it all in. The crowds were great, the course was amazing but the experience… words can barely describe it! This marathon was rather tough for me though. I don’t know if the cold had anything to do with it, maybe it did since I’m not used to it at all, but my body started feeling it earlier than expected. I pushed through though, although it got really hard. I had my dad by me the entire time and we both kept each other going, even when we were out of it.

At the end my dad said let’s really run to the finish line. I said I couldn’t run that fast and he told me it’s almost done, we’re right there…. and I again pushed myself… found the energy I had left and we both rushed to that finish line crossing it together. I got emotional at the end and when we finished… I’m even getting emotional now. There’s something special about 26.2 miles… it’s not easy and I know I go through a lot of mental challenges. To finish, to know that I conquered all that and finished it is an incredible feeling. Then to know that I finished it along side my dad… finished my first world marathon major, earned my first star medal… it brought tears to my eyes.

I love running. I love everything it has brought to me and out of me. I’ve met new people, come together with family and friends, traveled and really pushed myself all through running. Running is a magical experience for me and I’m so thankful… and I’m thankful for all the support, and for the opportunity to run this Chicago marathon. Now… five more to go.

My Chicago Marathon!

~Day

Life, Running, Traveling, yoga

Yoga, Reiki, Japan, & Running

Hi!

It’s been quite a while since I updated! Good thing this that I’ve been busy accomplishing growing and accomplishing new goals during that time. About a month ago I became yoga teacher! I considered being a yoga teacher before but never brought myself to take that step towards it. I finally did over the summer and I’m so glad I did. During my yoga teacher training I met the greatest fellow students and I learned so much!

I learned more about yoga and about myself. My journey brought me here and now I want to share more of this beautiful practice with others. Since I received my certification I have taught three public classes. Each class is a learning experience and that’s what I love so much about yoga too, I will always be a student.

During my yoga teacher training I also became certified in Reiki level 1 & 2. Learning more about reiki really made the experience more profound and I discovered so much about myself. Reiki provides a kind of healing that I believe everyone should experience. In last April I also visited Japan, which happens to be the country where Reiki originated. My trip to Japan was amazing… hard to even put in words. The country, culture and people are beautiful. I felt so welcomed there and it was one of the best vacations I have ever taken.

So, since the last time I wrote I have become a 200 hour yoga teacher, a Reiki level 1 & 2 practitioner, went to Japan and I am a RRCA level 1 running coach! A lot has happened this year and there are still a few more months left for more growth! In less than three weeks I will be going to my first major marathon, the Chicago marathon which is another step closer to my dream. All of this has taken hard work and dedication. It also comes with sacrifice… but when you know what you want that’s what it takes. Really put your mind to something and you can achieve it!

~Day

Bucket List Runs, Life, Running, Traveling

Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas

Last weekend I was so lucky to cross off one of my bucket list races! I went to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas run weekend and had a blast! I’ve never been to Vegas before then so it was the perfect time to go… for a run and for the experience. It was so much fun and such an experience!

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Ready for the 5K!

On Saturday the 10th I did the 5K! It was a great run. The 5K didn’t exactly go through the strip but we were able to see parts of it. There was music on the course and the environment was great of course! It was a chilly night… at least for me since I’m a Floridan, but I enjoyed the cool weather. I didn’t attend any of the events at the finish but there were some celebrations afterwards! I had a long morning and went out to dinner instead. Plus I had to get read for my half marathon the next night!

That was something I enjoyed so much about this race… they took place at night! Since I’ve never been to Las Vegas I was able to do a lot during the day and I wasn’t exhausted from waking up early the next day for the run. No it was at night and even afterwards

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Start line of half marathon! Dressed as Tron

it wasn’t too late so it gave me time to explore more of Vegas afterwards! And plus running the Las Vegas strip… at night time?! I couldn’t let that opportunity pass! That was why it was a bucket list run for me. The half marathon was so much fun! The only con for me was the start line/corral placement. We get placed in corrals but it isn’t organized at all. For the half marathon no one was in the proper corral it was rather a mess… but besides that factor the entire run was amazing.

We ran the entire strip and saw all the highlights of Vegas in those 13.1 miles. The people there were so encouraging and again I say it was a lot of fun. For the half marathon I dressed as Tron because I thought it would be cool to light up blue on the course. There were so many great costumes too. I’m sooo glad I did it! It was really worth it and I would definitely do it again!

It was such a great weekend. This is the second bucket list race I’ve done and I’m aiming to add more! In exactly 1 week and a day I have my first marathon. Training for that hasn’t gone exactly as planned but… I feel ready yet nervous. Thank you for reading!

~Day

 

Healthy Living, Running, Traveling

Slacking but Trying

​So I’ve slacked a lot with updating. I’ve realized that it takes a lot of effort to be invested in yourself. I have invested time in myself… I’m still waking up at 5AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays going to 6AM yoga, which is going great by the way! My marathon training did slack a bit as well but I still am training. Still, there is more I can do for myself. When I really think about it… I’m spending 40 hours a week working and while I do feel blessed to have a job it also makes me think how can I use my remaining hours on myself. It’s possible but it’s hard work… it’s hard for me to keep up with this blog. To sit down and just write, even if it’s for myself, takes time from my day but it’s time well spent and I need to keep reminding myself of that.

So what have I been up to? Well keeping my fitness up! What I really like about 6AM yoga is that it gives me a reason to wake up for me. I’m not waking up everyday to go to work… no I’m waking up at least twice a week for myself. After I work on myself I get ready for the rest of the day. It keeps me from feeling like my job is a chore because I no longer get up in the morning just to ready myself for it. It has definitely helped me with that aspect. It also has helped me physically of course too! My core has strengthened! But yes I have been training for my marathon which is coming up shortly and cross training. Just yesterday I tried pilates for the first time. It was a great workout but I have to see how to incorporate it into my workout schedule.

I have also been doing quite a few races which has tired me out because I have had one almost every weekend. I love my races of course but it has kept me busy since I’m usually tired afterwards. I can go on about my runs but I think I’ll save that for another time. I did do the Key West Half Marathon on October 6th. I intended on doing it for time but it didn’t turn out that way. Anyway so right now I found the time to post because I am on the way to Las Vegas! Of course because I’m me… it’s to do one of my bucket list races… the Rock n Roll Las Vegas. My aim is yet again to update more often so I will try to write all about my experience at the race! Thank you always for reading.

~Day