You pity my running speed. I don’t.

I am now a half marathoner.


Actually, it’s not “unofficial” to me. It wasn’t a nationally or regionally or locally known half marathon. It was my own. Let’s call it the “Cherie Woke Up On Friday And Decided To Run 13.1 Miles On The Bolin Creek Trail To See If She Could Half Marathon.”

Heck. My Nike+ GPS watch called it a half marathon and so will I!

I even got a medal…

That’s right. I earned the right to put that little sticker on the back of my Xterra! Finally! Whether a famous half or not, it was nonetheless major WORK.

It was crazy hot outside–nearing 98 degrees by the time I was done, saw about four random objects/animals appearing in front of me that were not there, came down to my last five drops of water, thought for sure I would vomit near 12.2 miles, had to walk about 14 minutes of it here and there, ran a couple 15 minute miles in there, almost talked myself out of it a good 20 times, cussed myself out a good 3o times, but NOT ONE TIME would I let myself quit.

This, my friends, is the look of serious exhaustion but smiling because I persevered through it. I did it. I was feeling amazing and accomplished. And proud.

So let me tell you how friggin’ pissed off to highest level of pissivity it makes me when the first question out of a lot of people’s mouths on Friday was, “BUT WHAT WAS YOUR TIME?” or “BUT HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU?” or “BUT HOW FAST DID YOU RUN IT?”

Oh. My. Goodness. Friggin’. Gracious.

Really? REALLY? Is that the most important thing on this good, green Earth? That’s the burning desire of knowledge that you need to have after I tell you I just did something fantastically special to me that I’ve never done before? MY TIME???

Now, you know I’ve mentioned it before. And this probably will not be the last time I mention it either. A run is a run. A runner is a runner. Some people are fast; some are slow. Why does your run at 7 minutes a mile have to be so much better than my run at 11 minutes a mile? You’re not in my shoes. You don’t know what’s a major moment in my life, so why ya gotta steal it away by belittling my time? I know I’m not fast. I know it takes me longer to get to point B from point A. I know that by the time I’ve finished my race you could have run a whole other one. I KNOW THIS, MANNNNN. So lay off!

Okay, vent over. But seriously, my goal was under 3 hours. And I did that. Just barely. But again, I DID IT. I’m happy friggin thrilled. If you’re upset/sad/laughing/pitying my run time, you’re the only one, because I’m not. And to all you other slow runners out there that have reached out to me–stay strong! We are worthy, too!!! We ARE runners.

Okay, well, one more vent about one other thing–after posting my most recent Before & After weight loss picture, I had way too many people ask me/say, “Fine, you lost weight, but WHAT ABOUT YOUR STOMACH? WHAT DOES YOUR STOMACH LOOK LIKE? WHY AREN’T YOU SHOWING YOUR STOMACH? DO YOU STILL HAVE ROLLS? WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? WHAT’S IT LOOK LIKE UNDER YOUR SHIRT? ARE YOU SECRETLY STILL FAT UNDER THERE?”

Yes. Oh yes, people have major balls audacity, huh?! Again, when I took the “after” picture, I didn’t even know I’d be doing another comparison shot. I was on my way out the door and snapped a quick pic to show my Lululemon WunderUnders. That was it. Only later did I say, “Hmmm, I’m wearing similar colors that would match in one of my “before” pictures. I think I’ll do another comparison. It’s been a while.” Yup. That was it–the whole thought process. I wasn’t trying to deceive anyone, haha. Yes, I lost 85 pounds. No, you can’t wash clothes off my stomach yet. But I’m getting there. Again, I’m doing it and 100% believe that if I could lose the 85 lbs, I can most certainly put my mind to whatever I want and git-r-done.

Soooooo…today, after my workout, I took a picture. Stomach exposed! No, I didn’t have to, I chose to. There’s the tummy. Not rolly, not flat, but I do believe I see some lines forming in the oblique area! Progress!

I’ll never satisfy all the “yappers” as I call ’em. I have no intentions on it. But I do promise honesty here. πŸ˜€

Last week’s fitness schedule went pretty well. I made little changes to the plan here and there. Since I didn’t know ahead of time that I’d be running 13.1 miles on Friday, that threw off the run on Sunday, so I did weights instead. Here is this week’s plan:

Even though the temperatures will be out of the 100’s this week {finally!}, due to my work schedule I won’t be able to make it to the trail in Chapel Hill a lot. Again thank goodness for my treadmill! I’m still chugging along with the weights. I’m also still not loving them, but since they’re working, I’m keeping up with it.

The clean eating is going fabulously well and majorly helping the plateau that I had been seeing.

I also just got this at work for $4.97 on clearance {original $30!}:

A Pilates ring! This came with a DVD, too! Along with this and the #AbChallenge I’ve been doing, my tummy’s hating me something awful right now. But in end, it and I will be thankful for it!

Hope you all have a fun and fit week ahead. Sorry about the venting, I don’t do it here often, but it was time to let it out! Grrr! πŸ˜€ What do you have planned to stay on scheduled fit-wise this week?

Comments 81

  • Hi Cherie, you rock as a runner, but you already know this. Who are these questioners bringing you down? Maybe they are not worthy of sharing your sweet moments. I hope you really do believe you did an amazing job, and know that no one can take that away from you. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Holly! Just a bunch of other runners who think they’re better than I am. Anyhow, can’t wait to see you soon!

  • haters gonna hate, don’t let them bring you down! keep doing what you do (inspiring us all!!)!

  • Congratulations on becoming a half marathoner! Who cares how long it took, most people were sitting on their butts watching tv while you were doing that 13.1 miles. As for your stomach, it’s nobody’s business but yours, but I just have to say it looks pretty damn good. I think you are amazing!

  • Well, I for one am glad you took the belly pic. Not because it’s any of my business but because you look so gorgeous and so happy….and that is a joy to me.

    Congrats on 13.1! You have done something more difficult than you realize. Running a half with people there to hand you water, cheer you on, make you smile by skipping past in a tutu, that is not as hard as getting out there on your own with nothing but your own willpower to keep you going.

    • Thank you so much! I never looked at it this way. It is very different without the fanfare right afterwards! I had to be my own cheerleader!

  • Congrats girl! You should be proud, that is a wonderful accomplishment! Keep on celebrating your awesomeness!

  • I’m so happy I found your blog Cherie! You are incredibly inspiration and this is a great post to show why we shouldn’t care about the naysayers. For every one silly comment you get, remember that you several more people that are inspired by your journey, transparency and willingness to help. Great post.

  • You continue to amaze me and make me proud! You look fantastic, stomach bared and all! You have come SOOO far and that’s all that matters. Keep on doing what you’re doing and forget about the naysayers!!! By the way, how was the toning ring?!

  • I love this post! This is amazing and you are amazing! Congrats on your half and forget those individuals who are just rude and lack some filters!

    I start my half marathon training tomorrow, super excited! My goal is to run the whole thing/no time goal-I just want to survive and know i pushed myself past my comfort zone!

    Congrats again!

  • Hi, congrats on your very own half-marathon! I get the whole slow running thing. I participated in a local race today and came in last, but hey, I was out there!

  • Congratulations on half marathon number one! The obliques looks great! πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations! You are my inspiration. We can’t let negative talk get us down. Back in March of this year I ran my first 5K race. I finished 45:54. I was excited that I had even finished. There was rain and hills. I mean six months before that I couldn’t even run for one minute. But I started seeing the times for other women my age and got depressed. I even quit running for all of April and some of May. Your blog is awesome . You are so honest and open. I am cheering for you. Turn a deaf ear to the negative talk or the voices in our head. Congrats again!

    • Thanks so much Mel! I think that is an awesome time for a first 5K! And I agree–just finishing is an accomplishment!

  • Hiya! Your abs are looking great!!! Congratulations again, Ms. Inspiration! Love you!

  • Congratulations! I am a slow runner, and I know exactly how you feel about the comments. I work soooo hard just to finish a 5K and then sometimes I feel so sad when someone boasts how “fast” they were. I’ve had to work like he** to lose 56 lbs and even be able to run again after ankle surgery. I wish you nothing but the best, and thanks for being encouraging to me!

  • Great job! Time doesn’t matter – personal goals matter. I’m not a fast runner either and I used to be really nervous to share times, but now I embrace my progress. Keep up the great running!

  • Thanks so much for this post. Way to go, a half is a half. I just finished my first half and it took longer than 3 hours. I was proud and everyone was wondering how fast I did it and what place that I got. The important thing is that you finished! πŸ™‚ You are so inspiring.

  • You rock. Love your attitude! I’ve been running for 15 years and I can tell you, the time question is just poor etiquette. It doesn’t matter. And it doesn’t matter if you ran your 13.1 in a race or on your own. You did it. End of conversation! (and congrats!)

    • Thank you thank you! And especially the timing of the time question is poor etiquette! I think the question can wait til not RIGHT after my run, lol!!

  • You rock!!! Way to persevere through that heat. And 85 lbs lost, what a huge accomplishment!!!! Don’t let those naysayers get you down!!

  • Congrats to you! I think you are awesome. Someone kick those yappers in the butt. Love your blog and I will be following!!!! You are such an inspiration–keep sharing your story!

  • Congratulations! 13.1 miles is a long way to go, and getting it done in this heat is tremendous! For me, it’s more important to have a good time than a fast time. Every time we cross the finish line feeling healthy and happy is a win in my book. Great work!

  • Congrats Cherie! I think that it is amazing everytime anyone (me and EVERYONE else!) gets out the door and runs. And you earned that sticker!

  • YOU DID AMAZING! You should be so proud of everything you have accomplished and how strong your body is! ROCK IT and OWN IT! WOOHOO!

  • Great job! I’m a slow runner too and I’d kill (seriously!) kill for your abs.

  • Congrats Cherie! You are amazing! I’m so happy I found your blog. I really look forward to your posts, you have been a big inspiration for me! I’m pretty new to running, about to finish the C25K program on Wednesday. I might not be that close to running 3 miles yet (more like 1.7), but I am running 30 minutes which is something I’m very proud of and completely incapable of until I started this program. As you can see, since my 30 minutes results in 1.7 miles, I am a very slow runner. But I am running! So I’m not disappointed. Don’t let the haters get you down, because we all love you over here!

    • Thanks Monica! And welcome! Slow is better than nothing, so I personally think you’re doing fabulously!

  • Girrrrllll, I know exactly what you mean! My fastest 1/2 was 2:24 and some change, and I was always a wee bit jealous of those who were already done with their post-race snacks and getting their rubdown by the time I showed up to the finish area. But you know what, our mileage was the same. I was probably breathing just as hard (if not harder) than they were. So what if my time was 2 minutes/mile+ slower than theirs? I finished. I’m a runner (very different from a competitive runner/professional runner). I run because it makes me feel good, I love it, and it gives me a release. People who try to bring me down don’t make me feel good so I just say BOOYA and peace out. They can preach their hate somewhere else.

  • Eff the haters! Gahh, that’s all so stupid.
    The important thing is that you ran a freaking half marathon. That’s HUGE! (And you did it without the fancy training plan that all those 7 minute-milers rely so heavily on. HA!) You works your booty off and it’s ah-maze-ing! Congrats, lady! You more than earned that sticker.

  • BIG Congratulations! I could have written most of this post myself!! I ran my first half back in May. 2hr 58min. I owned every stinking mile step, breath and drop of sweat. I’ll do more half’s, but this will be my proudest. Because this run taught me I CAN do it. And I did. And so did you. Looking forward to following your blog.

  • Great job!!! I love your positive attitude, your commitment and your passion! The distance is for you and the time just doesn’t matter!!! Pace does not measure self worth, your accomplishments should!!!Congrats on your hard work!

  • 13.1 is 13.1 no matter how fast or how slow. I hate when people put pressure on how long it takes to run a mile. A half marathon is really hard work. Awesome job!

  • Congrats on your 13.1. You rock! I have my 13.1 sticker tucked away, waiting for it’s big debut on the back of my truck. πŸ˜‰ I don’t care if I walk that damn 13.1, I’ll be thrilled & proud to complete it.

  • first time reader, saw this as a post on fitfluential. such a great post! wonderful to see a blogger out there not running so fast it makes me feel inadequate! thank you!

  • I hear you! When I ran my first half in May, all I heard about and was barraged on twitter about was “What was your time?” I just wanted to say “Why? So you can compare me to you and others?” Way to go, friend! Huge accomplishment!

  • You’re seriously my favorite. I love your outlook on life and you’re bluntness. Congrats on your half marathon!! That’s a crazy amazing feat and I’m proud of you πŸ™‚ Also, I need that run bra in my life.

  • I LOVE your attitude!! Totally agree with you! A run is a run…and you are definitely a runner!! Congrats on your 1st half!

  • Screw the haters or the ass-hats, I get so sick and tired of someone having to put someone else down, just to make themselves “feel” better. You did a half marathon and you should be proud of your accomplishments!

    You should be damn proud of losing the weight also, not all of us have the perfect body with abs flashing every where, but no one has walked in our shoes either.

    Keep you head up – Keep running and smiling – it makes the “others” wonder what you are up to.

    Good Luck Harold

  • This is an awesome post! I love your sincerity and straight talk- you have a great writing style, too. I feel like I’m sitting in the room chatting with you. πŸ™‚ You are absolutely right- speed has nothing to do with being a runner, how obnoxious that it’s the first question you were repeatedly asked. CONGRATS on your first half, that is an awesome achievement!

  • Congrats to you half marathoner! That is an awesome accomplishment. Who cares about the pace?

  • YOU ARE AWESOME!! Congrats on your first 1/2 marathon!! Who cares what your time/pace was – Hey, I’ve done 3 “famous” 1/2 marathons and you’ve beat my time for all 3 of them, so you go girl – to me, you’re fast!!!
    And you look FABULOUS in your picture!! People are always going to hate, so vent when you need to and keep on chuggin along, you are doing all the right things…85lbs gone proves that!!

  • Thank you! You’re very right! πŸ˜€

  • Thanks Becky! Yes, they’ve all been ignored!

  • Thanks Abby! And yes, I AM a half-marathoner now! πŸ˜€

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  • Good for you! Personally, I run at the speed of walking, but who cares? Here are some running tips you might find helpful:

    Lisa πŸ™‚