Not sure why but I signed up for a half marathon a few months ago. I’m not even a runner but I do run and I am active so why not. Found a Groupon and a few friends signed up so it seemed like the right thing to do. At the time!
I remember signing up and the form asked me how long I plan to take to do the run. I saw that the race had a closing time for 3pm so that was the number I picked. My goal was just to finish before the race closes.
I like to walk and last summer I ran about a mile to meet up with my friend and partner in 2WM Kris to do core work before running back home. I say I ran a mile, but in truth, I walked up the big hill so I wasn’t even running a mile straight and I signed up for a half marathon! What was I thinking!!!
I did what most do when they don’t know what they are doing. I went online to find tips and read about others who embarked on the same crazy journey. There was even a “couch potatoes to half marathon running plan” and lots of other like this. I knew I wasn’t alone and felt confident with my decision to do this.
The first day I went out running it was hard and I just thought to myself
lean forward and fall,
just take one more step, catch myself, and keep falling and I will get there.
With two kids under 5, and a full-time job, I didn’t jump off the couch potato wagon, I fell off the bed like someone does in their sleep, not knowing what I was doing but just went with it. Just keep running!
I was lucky if I was able to get in 2 runs in during the week and 1 long one on the weekend. Soon I was way behind the couch potatoes half marathon schedule, but over time I started to notice a difference. But not with my body. I started thinking, almost meditating on my own thoughts. This running time was my time, my time to think, for me to get lost in thought and really ponder about life and what is important to me. With a lifestyle that is always on the go, always moving, planning, and making things happen I found it hard to just think. Relax and ponder about life. All this thinking made me forget that I wanted to stop. In the past, I would find a target to run to and once I got there I got to rest. Now I don’t want to rest, I don’t want to stop what I am doing, I want to keep thinking.
Got over the stopping, and over time I just kept running. I didn’t buy any new gear, I didn’t do extra core work, I didn’t do anything but run. In fact I even barely did that, according to my couch potatoes plan. The crazy thing, without even really trying I got better and better. Before I knew it I was running over an hour and wan’t stopping. In my whole life I never experienced such a gain, growth on a task or skill just by doing. I eat food every day and I am not a healthier eater. I drive every day and I am not a better driver. I ran and I got better, a lot better.
The bug has bitten me and now I know I can do it. I know I can run 13.1 miles without stopping and I actually like running. The time alone is a rare gift when you are a mom and being able to stay healthy is a gift I can give my kids. As an introvert thinker, this quiet time really impacts me emotionally. I find myself in better spirits and able to take on the emotional winds of life better as I stand taller with my sore legs.
Next weekend is my run but I have already won.
Updated photo post first 1/2 marathon. I did it and I can’t wait to do my next one!!! * L