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Half Ironman

August 13, 2017
old orchard beach


half ironman run | 5th and Magnolia

Some of you may have been wondering what happened to my posts...and I totally admit that I have pretty much fallen off the face of the blogging earth for the last few months. BUT...I swear that I have a good excuse. 

My life has pretty much been taken over by the insane idea that I had this past spring to sign up for a Half Ironman. Why I thought it would be a good idea, and a "must do" before I turn 35 in September I am not really sure, but, I thought it, I signed up and now it's almost here. 

To say that the training has been easy would be a complete lie, and to say that I was as prepared as I should have been would also be a complete lie because I am one of the world's worst procrastinators. As in I waited until the very last possible moment to begin my training (which as about 10 weeks ago) and I have kicked myself ever since. All those blogs that talk about training for a good 3-6 months, yup...they were right and I was totally wrong. 

The training has consisted of workouts 6-7 days a week, most of which are two-a-days with a mixture of running, cycling and swimming. It started off moderately challenging and quickly became grueling with long distances and little rest in between workouts (again, totally my fault for putting it off) - so to say that I am excited to be finished would be an understatement. 

The training has pushed me to workout even when I don't want to, it's stolen sleep from me, taken over my social life and eats up pretty much any available spare time that I have but all the while I have to admit it feels pretty amazing. To be able to push my body to places I never thought I would go day in and day out for the past 8 weeks has given me feelings of accomplishment, power, strength and pure (tear enducing at times) adrenaline. It's been quite a ride. 

Now that I am about two weeks out from race day it's a mix of emotions ranging from excitement to complete fear and terror of not being able to make it through the entire race (especially the open water swim in the ocean). Physically I know that I will be able to do it - but these next few weeks I have to mentally get my brain caught up with the rest of my body so that it won't talk me out of it on race day. 

I'm also finally to a point where I have hit all my max distances in training and am just maintaining them for the next few weeks which means I am feeling a bit more rested and finally at a point to which I can catch up on my other pet projects like 5th & Magnolia. So, over the next few weeks I will be posting and recapping our summer thus far and can't wait to share our summer adventures. It's definitely going by way too fast, and I can't believe we are already in mid-August...but I am determined to make the most of every last drop of summer and have my fingers crossed for an Indian Summer to extend this sunshine and warm New England breezes right through September.

If you are still reading this thanks for still following along - I promise to be more present in the weeks to come and would love for you to continue to follow along on Instagram for the most up to date posts and happenings. 

xo - margaret


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