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Thursday, October 20, 2011

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.
Want proof?

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?
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    2430 days ago
    2432 days ago
    I'm happy for you emoticon
    2434 days ago
    GREAT - as always!!!
    2436 days ago
    You are an inspiration ~ thank you
    2436 days ago
    I was feeling kind of blah this morning. Then I saw that you had written a blog and I felt better, 'cause I know you always make me want to push harder. Then I actually read your blog, and felt even better. Thank you for sharing! I can't wait to read about the Monster Dash!
    2436 days ago
    Glad you're in for Monster Dash - I think the course will allow for some speedy times. Are you doing Grandma's in June?
    2437 days ago
    LOVE this blog!!!! I'm a run addict too and love the way it makes me feel! Some runs are struggles, but they are still runs and the crappy runs make the great runs just that much sweeter! So happy you get to run in the HM this weekend! How exciting! I can't wait to hear how you do. I love the pic and message of the girl running stairs. That might be my new motto when I'm struggling through a run!

    And I agree with DZSWEETIE2005 - YOU know your body and how far you can push it. Everyone is different so as long as you listen to what your body is telling you, all is good!
    2437 days ago
  • PHD140
    There will be a day that I can no longer do this, but today is not that day.

    'Nuff said!
    2437 days ago
    It's been a while since I've felt like this about running. I'm still running and training for my half in January, but I remember last year when it was such a great feeling to run. Thanks for reminding me what a gift it is and that I can get there again! And have a great time running your half, glad you're able to run it after all!
    2437 days ago
    I love this blog!!!!! It speaks to me! My first marathon in next may ;) let do this
    2437 days ago
    Very cool! Good luck on your upcoming race and the marathon next year!
    2437 days ago
    Yeah, Yeah Yeah!!! Right place, right time, with the right friends emoticon
    I am so glad you get to run that half!
    I love this blog! It is so true!! I often am thanking God that I CAN run, that I have legs and they work and that I can get out there and do it- and I am going to RUN until I can't anymore. I know I am headed toward knee replacement sooner than if I didn't run (my doc told me), but I can run now and it MAKES ME HAPPY! So what the hell are we here for, if not to enjoy what we do???!!??!!
    THanks for this blog!
    2437 days ago
    WooHoo!!!! Goof for you!!!!!!:-)
    2437 days ago
    This is a great blog. I haven't gotten in to running as much as you. I do it sporadically, however I can appreciate how great it feels. You've accomplished alot. And makes me appreciate how far i've come in my own journey in different ways!

    I have to ADD that YOU know your own body and how far you can push it, so anyone else's "two cents" are overrated! Can't wait until next June to see your race pics and the Marathon blog!
    2437 days ago
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