Anyone who has read any of my blogs is well aware that I don’t consider myself a “runner.” I guess that is about to change. Last year I set a goal for myself to run a 5K without stopping to walk and I told myself, once I accomplished that, I didn’t care if I never ran again, ever! I’ve dreaded running this season, but I have a couple of 5Ks I’m already planning to do, so I knew I had to get out there. Unlike last year, after my first run this past weekend, I felt good; I felt strong, and since I’ve already run a 5K, I wanted to set my goal for myself a little higher this year.
My little higher went a little higher, and then a little higher, and now here I am, setting my mind on a half marathon. Just typing the words chokes me up. I’m terrified. I’m not a fast runner, I’m not a strong runner and I dread running for the same reason I force myself to do it; it challenges me. It challenges me more than most other types of physical activity. I have to beat my brain when I run, and that is tougher than the act itself.
So here’s my plan, as it stands right now, depending on how my training goes. There is a local 5K this weekend, which I’m pretty sure I’ll end up doing, then from there, I want to run at least 6 miles a week for a couple of weeks. I’m not following any type of training plan, just my own body at this point. I figure 2 5Ks a week will push me further than I’ve pushed myself before when it comes to running and I’ll work my way up from there. I have my sites on a 6-miler in July and by then I should be good to go the 6 miles. Right now I have my sites set on a half in September. I figure that will give me plenty of time to train even with my excuses, because you know there’s not a very big window of it being warm enough to run before it’s too hot to run.
I wanted to put this out on my blog because it will help me stick to it. Right now, I’m excited about the idea but I know along the way my excitement will fade a bit until right before my races. I am fully aware I will be racing against myself, and I can’t wait to win.
Note: My ultimate goal (for next year) is to do a marathon. I started my weight loss journey at 262 pounds, so it seems very fitting I would run 26.2 miles. This year, it’s training for the half and as soon as next spring hits, I’m training for the whole thing. Wait a minute, who am I?