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Turkey Trot 12k in Vegas

14 Dec

Thanksgiving is a day to celebrate what we have and to be thankful for the countless opportunities in life. Before digging into the feast with my family, I had the chance to be thankful for my health, my strength and my fitness at the Las Vegas Turkey Trot. The 12k Turkey Trot marked a significant personal milestone for me as it was my furthest distance to date. Best of all, I had fun and the support of my family and friends, all while working harder than ever to achieve my goals.

Qualifying Times for Disneyland’s Half Marathon

My overall running goal is to complete a half marathon next May. Running a full 13.1 miles is no easy task, but it is an accomplishment I’m willing to work hard for. In order to be in the right starting corral for the race, I need to have a qualifying time that represents my speed and ability. The qualifying event I selected was the Las Vegas Turkey Trot, which stretches for 12 kilometers on the Historic Railroad Trail. I achieved my goal of running the entire distance and submitting my official pace in order to participate in the half marathon. Knowing that I’m one step closer to getting there is an exciting thought and one step closer to being able to check another item off my bucket list!

A New PR

For a runner, there are two particularly exciting moments in racing. One is getting a PR for time. The other is getting a PRD, or personal distance record, which means you have run further than you have ever run before. Prior to the Turkey Trot, I had to date run five and a half miles during one run outside. I’m so proud to report that I finished this 12k on Thanksgiving Day, just under seven and a half miles, while running it in its entirety. This just renews my confidence than in a few short months, I’ll be ready to tackle 13.1 miles on my quest to complete a half marathon.

The Ultimate Finish

Running through the scenic Hoover Dam landscape starting at 8:00am was amazing (the getting up in order to be there by then may not have been), and running further than ever before was a confidence boost.

The Las Vegas Turkey Trot 12k will definitely go down in history as a goal crushing experience and it served as my preparation for my ultimate goal: to complete in the Disney Tinkerbell half marathon in May.

The best part of that race, however, was crossing the finish line. Since there were no spectators on the course, I had to wait until the very end to see the people I love most in the world: my husband, my best friend and my 16-month-old son.

LV Action Images: RMT Outbound &emdash; Turkey Trot 2015_JayneFurman-5740

LV Action Images: Lake View &emdash; Turkey Trot 2015_JayneFurman-7119

I’m Training for a Half Marathon!

30 Oct

Less than a year ago, I would have laughed if you suggested that I would be training for a half marathon today. Half of an entire marathon, or 13.1 miles, would have seemed impossible to me back then, but I’m on the right track to tackle the distance and even come in under two hours, if all goes well. I decided to create this post because I’ve had a lot of “how did you do it?” or “I could never do that” questions and comments. These tips can help you train for your own 13.1 mile race. After all, if I can do it, then so can you!

Assess Your Starting Point
The first thing I did once I set my mind to completing the full 13.1 miles was figure out what I could already do. This spring, I was shocked to discover that just 30 seconds of running left me out of breath and in need of a walk break. Knowing that wasn’t discouraging, as it gave me a base and something to improve upon.

Get an App to Help You Improve
Since I wasn’t a long-time runner, I needed an app that could help keep me on track and motivate my weight loss. The Couch to 5k App, or C25K, had me running and walking in intervals three or four times each week. At the end of the 10 week plan, I could run an entire 5k, or 3.1 miles, without needing a walk break. After completing C25K, I moved onto C210K, which I’ll complete by the middle of November.

Participate in Shorter Races Along the Way
After finishing the C25K, I put my hard work to the test with a 5k race in Las Vegas. Before my full 13.1 mile race, I’ll also participate in a longer race called the 12k Turkey Trot in Las Vegas. I’m nervous to tackle 12k, or roughly 7.5 miles, but I need that time so that I can be put in the right corral for my upcoming half marathon. Once I complete that race, I will have run the furthest distance that I’ve ever run in my entire life.

Schedule Your 13.1 Months in Advance
The culmination of all my training will be the Tinkerbell 1/2 Marathon, which takes places in Disneyland. Knowing that I have this race ahead of me helps me stick to my training, which I know will be tough to handle over the holidays. The race is held on Mother’s Day, an extra special date to me since my son and husband will be at Disneyland cheering me across the finish line. I got this fitness journey started after having my little boy and knowing that I am his role model, so seeing him at the end will be quite the special moment for me. Since I started running and cross-training, I’ve lost nearly 90 pounds (80 of which I gained during my pregnancy). This race will be my moment to show the world what I’m capable of and make me and my family proud!