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.

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    sorry for commenting twice, but Im trying to subscribe.
    3324 days ago
    you are so motivational! I want to do a marathon someday, but I'm not very fit yet. Im still in the walking stages, with some light jogging. But I will get there. I don't know when, but I will!
    3324 days ago
  • OLSEN9310
    I am running my 1st 1/2 in the end of this month....I never thought I would do this distance either, but YOU CAN DO IT! I used a training schedule I found on a website....>
    just keep plugging away and build your have plenty of time....most training programs are 10-12 weeks, so train based on that so that you build up to the 13 miles close to race time so you do not peak too early and get burned out.

    I am up to 8 miles now and it is unreal to know I can actually run that distance non-stop! I run at a 10:30/mile not super fast, but works for me!
    3487 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2951711
    Good luck!! I just registered for my first half-marathon also and my goal is just to cross that finish line! :)
    3487 days ago
    Great plan and welcome to run club!! I hope your mom finds an activity to enjoy as much as you love running - I like to think mine is smiling down from heaven whether my races are great or crummy!
    3487 days ago
    What a great and inspiring post! I too am training for the Savannah R&R HM, which wil also be my first half!

    I'm adding you as a friend so I can continue to cheer you on!!
    3487 days ago
    If you're crazy, that must mean I'm crazy too. I'm doing my first half in October. I started running last year too. We both can do this!
    3487 days ago
    I kept reading your blogs after I posted on your wall.. I can't believe it! You are doing the Savannah HM... Oh my God, now I am more motivated than ever!!! Of course you are not crazy! You will be fine... and if your sister is with you... even better! This sure put a smile on my face!
    Much love your way!
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    3487 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8344021
    Wow that's really cool! It looks like yr setting up mini goals so you can hit the half marathon. :)
    3489 days ago
  • LINDA!
    You are doing a great job!!!
    3489 days ago
    i think ur goals and ambition are great!! not wishing u luck cause we know that hard work is more than luck. all the best..u can do this..i have total faith in u. and ur right..finishing should be the goal in mind..the rest is icing on the cake. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3492 days ago
    emoticon I love your enthusiasm! I'm waiting for the "stride" to hit me. Good luck training for your 1/2 marathon! emoticon Awesome that you have all these 5k's and 10k's planned!
    3493 days ago
    A half marathon is amazing. It feels so good to say to yourself wow I ran 13.1 miles. Good luck! You won't need it though!! emoticon
    3494 days ago
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