This coming weekend is an extremely special one as I’ll be running my very first half marathon. It’s been quite the journey, so today I’ve decided to take a break from fashion to talk about well…running.
My running journey began in grade school. I ran cross country and track in high school, but like many kids I didn’t take it too seriously. I was a decent runner, but obviously I was not going to be the next Olympian or anything. Fast forward to college, where I ran from time to time…just as a way to exercise.
I pretty much stopped running altogether once I started working, and picked it up again last August (2015) when my BF got me a Fitbit for my birthday. I’m not sure why it stuck this time around, but it did. From last August until now I’ve had running fever. Shortly after I started running again I decided I wanted to run a half marathon (not sure why) and set my sights on a runDisney race. I heard great things about the races and they’re flat, which is great for a first timer like me.
Since I decided I was going to run a half marathon I’ve been running and exercising like crazy. I pretty much do some sort of physical activity (run, cardio or strength train) 5-6 days a week, so it’s been quite the lifestyle change.
I didn’t follow a training plan, but simply tried to increase my mileage week after week. I also spent my weekends running local races, which was a lot of fun. My workout plan was going fine until this summer, when I ended up injuring myself. I was sidelined for a few weeks, and it was seriously devastating. I felt like I had made so much progress and all of a sudden it was gone.
Slowly but surely I’ve decided to feel like my old self again and in late September I ran my first 10-miler. They say if you can run 10 miles you can run a half-marathon. I completed that race (though not my best time), so I know when push comes to shove I’ll be able to finish my half.
While I don’t always enjoy a run or workout, it’s the overall experience of running that’s truly changed my life. The sense of accomplishment I feel thinking back to where I started to now is amazing. It sounds cheesy, but I’m proud of myself and I know that this is only the beginning of my running journey (assuming I cross the finish line this weekend, I plan to sign up for a marathon in 2017).
I think that we’re all capable of a lot more than we may think, so I’m planning to give it my all at the race this weekend and hopefully I’ll be happy with the result! Regardless of when I cross the finish line, it’s an accomplishment I’ll be talking about for many years to come 🙂
Stay tuned for lots of pictures and a full race recap soon!