My First 1/2 Marathon - am I crazy?
Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Well, call me crazy if you want -- I think my mother thinks I've gone completely mad. She doesn't understand at all what my sister and I see in running! Too bad, I would have loved to have found this years ago and been able to enjoy it with her. Unfortunately, she isn't able after having both knees replaced -- I do not want to have to go through that. So, to try to help myself lose weight and to find something that I enjoy, I started running last year. You know what? I found out I actually like to run. Imagine that. It's amazing how awesome you feel the first time you "find" your stride. I had heard other runners talk about it and didn't really understand what they meant until one day I realized I had "found" mine! As the song goes: "Oh, what a feeling!" It's wonderful.
So after taking basically the entire winter off from not only running, but also from Spark people, I realized that I wasn't going to get anywhere with my weight and fitness goals just thinking about what I should be doing. So, instead, I thought about what I could be doing. One of those things was more running. After all, I like it. So I got my running shoes on and stepped on the treadmill. I didn't do so well the first time, but I pushed through and managed to walk/run my way through my 3 miles. The next time was better and I found I could run for longer spurts. Then this weekend my son and husband and I all went for a long hike in the mountains and tonight, while running, I finally found my stride again! It's amazing how quickly the confidence returns once you find your stride.
In order to motivate myself to keep on running I have rallied my sons and husband to train for a 5K with me in May. Because I was afraid I would stop running after that, I went ahead and registered for a 1/2 marathon in Savannah in November! I hope I'm not crazy but it is 7 months or 30 weeks away so hopefully I can pull this off. I plan to do a few 5Ks and at least one 10K between now and then in order to help me prepare. Wish me luck -- I don't really care what my time is since it's my first 1/2 marathon, just as long as I finish without having to get on the bus they have for those who can't keep up the pace or are injured! LOL.