I started running last Spring as a way to workout with my kids. I couldn't spend endless hours at the gym like I did pre-babies. I *could* push them in a double jogger and burn some major calories. I had no idea that such a love affair was growing.
I love that anyone can run. Sure, it can be a really expensive sport. But it doesn't have to be. I don't have a lot of gear. None of my running clothes match because I buy them on clearance. I have no idea what gus or gels or belts or compression socks work. I've never bought any. That doesn't mean I won't at some point...
Anyway, I love reading all the C25K blogs and status updates in the Spark universe. It's motivating and impressive. Anyone can run.
I love running with my husband. Our bodies don't look like this, but our smiles do. Our dates used to be about wine and food and bars. I would never have guessed that this is how we would spend our time together. If someone would have told me 5 years ago, (hell, ONE year ago!) that I'd be a runner, I would've rolled my eyes. phstttt.
I ran my first 5K in June. Next June I'll run my first marathon. I was in pretty good shape before I started running. It's not like I jumped off the couch and did all this. It's been a process and I know my process is faster than some. Some people have told me I'm taking on too much too fast. Disagree. I'll leave it at that.
The 10 mile race was so much fun. I immediately went home and looked up the Monster Dash half marathon at the end of the month. It's $80 times 2 for DH's entry fee and arranging for someone to take care of the kids and it was too much. I was bummed but decided to keep training like I had been. 3 runs a week: 1 long run of 8 -11 miles, 1 easy 5 mile, 1 hills 4-7 miles. My plan is to repeat through the winter (akkkkk!) and up training 4 months before the marathon.
I know that anyone can run a a marathon with the proper training.
This is Fauja Singh. He's 100 years old! He ran Toronto and it was his 8th marathon. Ah-maz-ing. He makes me happy to be healthy and alive. He reminds me:
Today I am going a run with a friend that is recently divorced. She's had a tough year. We will run together because we can. She may have lost a lot, but she has two strong legs and we will celebrate that today.
And now for the happy ending, I WILL be running that half marathon next Saturday. A gym friend gave me her bib because she is hardcore and is flying to DC to run the marathon. Good thing I kept up with my training, huh?