The two month window has arrived! My big training goal~the half marathon I committed to in April. I honestly thought (at my age) I’d need the full six months to get in shape, but I’ve surprised myself. A few things I’ve learned along the way:
- It’s highly motivating to have a goal. (Being proud, I can’t stand to look bad after publicly announcing this.)
- I’m probably capable of a lot more than I thought.
- Knees can adapt to a bit of abuse.
- It’s a lot easier to write a blog post in my head while I’m running than it is to find the time to write it when two dozen other things are waiting at the end of my daily run.
- The first mile is always the worst.
- Extended blues jams are lousy soundtracks for running. (I swear there was an Allman Brothers live track that felt like it went on for 5 miles!)
- A smile and wave of encouragement from someone running past you (preferably in the opposite direction) will put pep in your step for a good half mile.
- Training takes a lot of *&#@% time. (My staff have been very forgiving!)
I ran my first ten-miler this week, and after four months of training it didn’t feel much harder than running five. I’ve gotten more efficient and rarely get breathless now. (Well there are my two nemesis hills that still get me…) My sister deserves a big thanks for all of this, I would never have considered attempting a halfsy. Prior to this summer I never really felt like a “runner”; I was a poseur, undisciplined, haphazard in my workouts, and never saw much improvement. (Coincidence?) I feel like a runner now – I like it! Running has become my stress-reducer, and I’ve ceased dreading the start. (The finish has always been favorite part.)
What’s perhaps best about the process so far is that I feel stronger and more confident. That makes me feel better about shopping, too! Consignment shopping has always been pretty guilt-free but it’s a benefit to feel better about the middle-aged bod.
Can I just go do this thing now? I’m ready! Next year…Hood to Coast? Anyone interested?
Runners~help me out here: what’s your best motivational soundtrack? What’s pumping through your earbuds when you run? I’m still looking for the perfect soundtrack!