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. Continue reading “Running and Learning: Half Marathon Progress Update”

My 5 Running Rules for Half Marathon Training

I am a rules person. Rules make sense to me. I have a fond appreciation for order and organization. I think these reasons are why I enjoy math.

Math has a ton of rules and it has answers that are concrete. For me, it just makes things easier. When I started training for this half marathon, I decided to come up with some “rules” for myself – to make things easier.

Some may seem silly, but they motivate me and help keep me on target. I am two and a half months into training and so far, it seems that the rules are working!

So what are these rules? They are simple and short, but helpful. They are as follows:

My 5 Running Rules for Half Marathon Training

Running #selfie: let's do this!
Running #selfie: let’s do this!

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Finding something for me

Hi all! Well I am pleased to report that my running (more like walk/jog) went very well this week. I was able to run 3 times, which is my weekly goal for a total of about 8 miles. I am most proud that on Sunday I was able to do a 5k in 37 minutes! My goal was to finish in 50 minutes, so beating it by 3 minutes is pretty awesome in my book!

So I want to explain a little more behind why I am training for a half marathon. I have mentioned before that I am a stay at home mom, and most of my day revolves around my 3 kids. And I love that. I love bring able to play, teach and care for them everyday. But there are definitely times when I feel like I have lost my sense of me. I have forgotten who I am beyond a wife and mom. That is just not a good thing. And this is not something that just moms suffer from.  Anyone can become overwhelmed with their job and other commitments and forget who they are beyond that one thing. Whether you are a mom, a nurse, a teacher, a student, life can sometimes seem to take over and you lose the chance to have something just for you. Something that benefits you.

So after months of feeling like I was getting lost in my role of wife and mom I found a half marathon and it excited me and seemed like a challenge, just what I needed. It is different for everyone. Maybe you are crafty and need to get yourself a project. Maybe you have a life bucket list and need to pick one thing to focus on to accomplish. Find something for you. Something that will help you not go crazy in what can be a crazy life.

A new challenge!!

Hi! I am Megan and I am so excited to be a new contributor to the Anchor Drop Blog! So I want to start by giving you a little background on myself. I am stay at home mom and Navy wife in sunny San Diego. Steven and I have been married 6 years and have 3 kids. Mady is 4, Brynn is 3 and Hank is 10 months. I am from Indiana and Steven is from South Carolina, so we live far from our family, but have been extremely fortunate to make amazing friends both through the Navy and through church.

Okay so those are some basics. But I want to tell you about a new challenge I am taking on….Half Marathon training. So I feel I owe you a little back story on this. About 2.5 years ago I decided it was finally time to take control of my life and shed some weight. I had been overweight and obese for most of my life and at the time weighed 280lbs. Over the course of 13 months I was able to lose 115lbs. I went with a very basic and effective route to weight loss. Eat fewer calories, but better for you food and workout. Thankfully I was able to keep this up when I got pregnant with our third child. I worked out almost right to the end and while I gained 35lbs, I was able to shed most of it quickly after having Hank. Unfortunately I admit to having fallen back into some bad habits I had before losing weight. Too many sweets and not enough fruits and veggies. So I put about 10lbs back on. I realized I needed motivation, I needed a goal.

I began jogging on and off before I got pregnant and have done some jogging since then as well. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I am not fast. I get tired very quickly. It seems to just keep going and going. But it is so wonderful to get out. And I feel extremely accomplished after a run. So a friend of mine posted about the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland in May 2015. I couldn’t resist looking into it. I kept feeling pulled toward it, despite the fact it is 13.1 miles. So I decided I would ask my dad and if he was up for it, I would be too. And he said yes!! So here I am searching training plans and trying to figure out how I am going to run for so long!!

I am excited for this new challenge and seeing where this takes me. Maybe I’ll become a real runner. Probably not, but maybe…

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