I haven’t been blogging as much as would like, but I’m hoping that changes in the coming weeks. Summer is such a fun time of year, but somehow, all the fun makes things very busy, and blogging has fallen through the cracks.
Another factor that has made my schedule a little fuller than usual is I’ve officially started training for my first half marathon!
I guess I should rewind a bit…back to January of 2014. I felt like I was in a rut. Life was great, but I felt like I was stationary. I wanted a goal; I wanted a challenge; I wanted something to invest myself in. So I signed up for a Saint Patrick’s Day 5k race.
I never dreamed the 8 weeks leading up to that 5k would change my life. (No, I’m serious.) I had been an athlete as a kid and right on up through high school. Then I remained active – went to the gym, did kickboxing DVDs, jogged occasionally on a beautiful day. But in those 8 weeks during the winter of 2014, I became a runner.
I learned as a runner, it’s only me and the road ahead. When I needed a challenge, I was up against myself. Could I run faster than last week? Could I top my pace from my last run? Could I run further than I have before? The reward was finding I could do something I never thought I could.
After that first 5k on a windy, but sunny morning in March of 2014, I ran several more 5ks during the spring and summer, and trained to run a 10k that October. Prior to signing up for the 10k (6.2 miles), I had never ran more than 3.5 miles at one time. And to be honest, I didn’t think I had it in me to run more. The training was hard, but the joy and triumph I felt as I crossed the finish line after running 6.2 miles was unlike anything I’ve ever felt. I challenged myself to do something I had never done, and I succeeded.
I know most of you found my blog because of my writing, but I hope you’ll enjoy following along my personal running journey as well. I hope it inspires you to challenge yourself (even if it’s not running or physical activity of any kind)! The reward of accomplishing something you thought you couldn’t is amazing and it ripples through to all aspects of your life.
Yesterday, I finished the first two weeks of training, and I’ll be honest – I didn’t get off to the start I would have liked. However, while I haven’t been able to stick to my training plan every day, I’m happy that my weekly miles are increasing and I’ve completed each week’s long run. When I get discouraged, I keep my eyes on the road ahead because every day is a part of my journey to 13.1 miles.