Thank you ALL for my sweet birthday wishes, that made my day! Between holiday baking and Garth Brooks, I’ve been a bit preoccupied.
I have always thought that 26.2 was never in my cards. The miles; monotony; my knees. However, as my competitive nature has grown over the past year of running, I felt in my runner’s heart it was time. Seeing my mom pick up running has been incredibly inspirational. I’m moving on to the big leagues.
Let me say in all sincerity that any race, one mile, 5k, 10k, etc. is a phenomenal achievement. Running and racing isn’t something that appeals to everyone, ask my father:) For me, it was a personal decision to see if I have it in me to train and complete a marathon. I’ve been running for more than a year competitively and I absolutely enjoyed the discipline of training for my last half marathon and first sprint triathlon.
The timing is appropriate for training, as it takes a time commitment to train properly. After seeing my half marathon times get better, it’s time for the next gradual progression. Plus, what a fun magnet for the car, ha!
We all know running long distances is not everyone’s thing. I may bore many of you to death, so I’ll try to be cognizant and throw in something besides running.
And if you want more helpful words of wisdom, I strongly suggest reading:
Runner’s World: Are You Ready?
Health on the Run: Virtual Motivation vs. Peer Pressure
iRunnerBlog: Chicago Training A top to bottom training guide – well worth the read!