up, I was never really into athletics. I was a cheerleader for a few years, but
then moved across the country to Arizona
and never really got back into it. I tried softball for a year and thought I
sucked at it, so I gave that up. I tried soccer for a while, and same thing
with that! I remember enjoying it, but I’m pretty sure it was just because I
got to hang out with my friends on school nights. Looking back on it now, I
realize that the reason I was never really good at any of these things is because
I never gave anything enough time. I never put my heart and soul into it. I
never had to commit.
With all that being said, I have never been a
runner, never been the running type, and to be honest, I have hated running for
my entire life! I remember being in middle school dreading the days in P.E.
that we had to “run the mile”. Ughhh just the thought of it made me feel
sick!!! First off, I live in Arizona…Why
on earth would anyone in their right mind want to run around in this heat? And
some people do this on their own for fun??? I also thought it was seriously the
most boring thing in the world. I mean, what do you do when you run besides
think about how bad it sucks to be running??
few years back, my brother-in-law Brett started getting into running big time.
He and his wife Alanna are avid marathon runners and are constantly training
for and competing in big races, traveling all over for their marathons. In
2011, they both raced in the PF Chang’s Arizona
Rock n’ Roll Marathon and with it being local,
Matt and I went to cheer them on at the finish line. It was definitely an eye
opener for me, because for the first time I saw what it was like in real life.
To see all of these people cross the finish line after running so many miles,
for so many hours, and come bolting down to the finish line with a smile on
their face. It was such an inspiring experience for me. The side rails were
packed with people cheering the runners on! Even if they didn’t know the
runner, they would yell in support to motivate them to get across the finish
line. These runners exuded determination, dedication, and hard work and
watching these people push themselves to the limit was enthralling. Even after
all this though, I just couldn’t comprehend the thought of how they could
possibly feel so good after running for so long!
After seeing Brett and Alanna complete a marathon firsthand, I started to
incorporate running more into my cardio routine. I still hadn’t planned on ever
doing a long race, but I did sign up for some 5K’s here and there. I did the
Warrior Dash in 2011 with a friend/coworker of mine. The Warrior Dash was a ton
of fun, we got to get down and dirrrrty, I’m talking REAL DIRTY, and it felt
good to see myself getting faster in all the other races I had signed up for.
It also helped me stay on track with cardio and eating healthy.
eating eh? Apparently my motivation for running was a little different than it
is now 🙂
|My friend Camise (on right) and I (on left) before the dash. Ya, that’s right…we rocked it 80’s style.|
|The girl with the black hair swimming in puke infested mud. Ya, that’s me.|
|Still smiling, event after
gettin down and dirty 🙂
if you didn’t know already, the summers in Arizona are REALLY HOT. Like SCORCHING HOT!
My husband and I travel a lot as it is (yeaaaa, we LOVE to travel!!), but
during the summer we try to stay the hell out of AZ as much as possible. It was
mid-August of last year and we were flying home from visiting his parents in Cali. I must have read
all of my magazines already, so I started reading the Southwest Airlines
magazine. The main topic of that month’s magazine was about running and it
listed all these really cool races and I was craving a challenge. I looked at
Matt and asked him if he thought I could run a half marathon. I think he just
looked at me with that “what are you crazy??!?!” expression on his face! (I
really do always have a million things running through my mind at all times so
I don’t blame him for thinking I’m nuts 🙂 ). We had a lot planned for the end
of the year last year, so not only was the challenge of actually doing the half
marathon going to be hard, but finding one that was conveniently located and
one that was on a weekend when I was actually available was going to be tough
Well, by the time we landed, I found one that was in SoCal, exactly 8
weeks out. I didn’t even know if this was possible because that was cutting it
super close, considering I had never even ran more than 3 miles without stopping
before. But, I was up for the challenge. I got home researched training plans,
found an 8 week beginner training plan and registered right then and there. I
knew once I registered there was no turning back. I didn’t want to get
overwhelmed or too anxious, so I didn’t tell anyone but the hubbs for a while
that I was even training.
story short, I finished out the 8 weeks of training on my own, and I did it! I
completed my FIRST Half marathon!! It has been a little over 3 months since my
first one and I have already completed my 3rd!!!!!! Can you say
addicted to running much?
finishing my first half marathon!!
Beach ICB Half Marathon
Sunday, October 7th, 2012
have only been a “runner” (wow, I can’t even believe I’m calling myself a
runner right now) for a little over 3 months. Running has taught me so many
things. Just to name a few…focus, hard work, planning ahead, preparation,
pushing myself when I feel like giving up, and SO SO SO much more. The real
reward of it all is the feeling of accomplishing something you never even
thought you could do! And even better yet, improving on what you thought you
could never even do in the first place!! The ability to achieve something you
thought was so out of reach and then being able to use that as a bar for your
next challenge is indescribable.
finally understand that you can do anything you put your mind to. If you make
the commitment, stick to the plan, and put your heart and soul into it, you can
recap of all three of my half marathons so check back soon!
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