I wasn’t the running type. EVER. You know when you’re in high school and you have to run a mile and a half? I, alongside most of the girls who didn’t want to sweat, didn’t run. A fast-paced walk was my happy place! When I decided to start running a couple of years ago, I don’t think I could even run a mile without taking at least a 30-second break one-quarter of the way through- for me it was brutal. And this was on a treadmill, mind you; a treadmill run and an outdoor run btw, totally different or at least for me. So, here I am able to run 5 miles straight out- no breaks, OUTDOORS! Even though I wasn’t a runner, it didn’t mean I didn’t have the skillset to become one. Once I set my mind to something, it has to be done (ask my husband- I have a one-track mind + I’m super stubborn and no one, including myself, is going to tell me I can’t do something) and this time it was to not only become a runner but LOVE it. This, I have successfully accomplished!
Enter my new crazy idea, to train for and complete my first half marathon. I know training will be hard but I also know it will be worth it and I am so, so excited to accomplish this new goal I’ve set for myself! Honestly, pushing myself to achieve this feels amazing! Am I nervous? Answer: 120% YES!!!
My first thought, can I even run 8 miles, let alone 13.1, and the answer is yes because I know my body and what it is capable of. I know for a fact if my body can bring two babies into this world- this body of mine can run 13.1 miles, the comparison there is not even on the same level. I just can’t think of another comparison that I have physically gone through but I do know nothing will ever be as hard, draining, empowering, emotional, miraculous, amazing, life-changing as birth! So yes, my body can run. Conditioning though…. shhheww!! But training for this half does have me feeling a few of those same emotions. I’m not sure why, but it makes me feel emotional (that’s probably because I’m 6 months post-partum) and I feel extremely grateful & empowered.
So, I am starting my second week of training, with the hopes to complete my first half on April 18th in Lexington at the Horse Capital Marathon and Half Marathon. And I just keep telling myself- I CAN!! All of the advice is welcomed btw if you’ve done this before. I can’t tell you how many articles I’ve read, hoping it helps gear me up for what’s to come. And this post is to strictly hold me accountable and maybe it will be motivating to get you moving in 2020!