Sometimes new challenges sneak up on you when you are just traveling through everyday life. Let me start by saying that I’ve long toyed with the idea of running a race further than a 5K…but the “excuses” always stopped me from committing.
Enter my D&B Runner friends. I got hooked up with this awesome group on Facebook a few months ago via Jon Acuff’s Start Experiment. There were several sub-groups and obviously I gravitated towards a few health & fitness related ones.
Join the group I thought…why not?
Well, while I expected to share stories of races, good & bad run days, injuries, and accomplishments, I never expected to be as motivated, encouraged, and inspired as I have been by this group of people. I almost daily see stories of triumph; of people breaking down that wall of “I can’t” and proving they CAN….
…start running even though they never have run before.
…run their first 5K.
…train for & run their first half marathon.
…lose over 200 lbs and run a marathon!
So where does that leave me? Completely inspired and motivated to try more! And now finally through some (positive) peer pressure (or as I like to say, encouragement ), I’ve decided to commit to training for my first half marathon!
I’ve gone back and forth on this idea for the last few years. I’d think about it, then dismiss it. There is fear of failure…fear of injury…fear of it being hard… But now it is time to step past fear and “just do it”. I even had a fellow group member offer to cyber-train along with me as she trains for her 12th half in late March. Mine will be in mid April. And I’ve already told a bunch of people – and now you all – so I’m even more committed!
So – wish me luck (and prayers for no injuries – truly my biggest fear as I seem to be injury prone)!
Have you ever trained for a half or full marathon? or other big event (mud run, tri, etc)? What kept you motivated? Any tips on training?
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