Running and Learning: Half Marathon Progress Update

At the end of August I did something crazy: I signed up for a half marathon. Why is this so crazy? Well, because it’s 13.1 miles. That’s a long way and I hate running. No, seriously, I hate it. Even more than five months into training later, I hate still it. I’m still only able to run a little over a mile before I need to walk for a minute.

image1 (1)This training has taught me a lot, though. I’ve learned more about myself and my physical capabilities than I ever before. I’ve learned time and time again that my body is strong. It’s stronger than I knew. My original goal was just to finish the half marathon. Now, I can maintain a pace and set a time goal.

I’ve learned that running can be addicting. Maybe it’s not the actual act of running, but there is a high you get when you go further or faster than ever before. I’ve learned how stubborn I can be. So many times I’ve wanted to give up during a long run (because really, who wants to spend a Sunday morning running 8 miles?), but I’m too driven and stubborn to give up. Aches and pains occur, but I can push past. I know I will probably regret that at some point.

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I’ve relearned how focused I can be when I have a goal. I rarely miss a run day, but I’ve had to miss several recently (hubby is gone for work) and I miss it. I miss the focus and determination I get on those days. The last time I was this focused, I lost 110 lbs in one year.

I’ve learned how important it is for me to have a little time away to myself. I don’t take my kids or husband running and I can’t clean or run errands; I can simply run. There is something very freeing about knowing I have one task and that’s all.

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I have just under three months before my half marathon, and I’m highly considering doing another one sooner, because I am crazy. I still have time to strengthen my body and prepare myself. And I’m excited about this challenge.

I challenge you to make what seems like a crazy goal and truly chase it!

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6 thoughts on “Running and Learning: Half Marathon Progress Update

  1. Good for you and best of luck!! I did my first half marathon two years ago..it was probably the biggest achievement of my life. My time was God awful slow but my goal was just to run the whole thing!! It was an amazing feeling crossing the finish life. I want to do another soon someday and actually train to get a good time. Best of luck! Oh and I’m warning you…the day after you will be the most sore you have ever been IN YOUR LIFE!!!!!!!! I couldn’t even squat to pee!! lol

    1. Thank you so much! I am still very slow, but hopeful I can just run as much as possible. I will be sure to have very little planned for the next day, and keep peeing to a minimum 🙂

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