Last year I joined a little tiny gym close to my house and it was great for awhile, but I need a change and more importantly a challenge. As I thought about this new year and what I want to accomplish, I came to the conclusion that I wanted to do something hard, really push myself and feel that sense of accomplishment.
I decided that I want to RUN a half marathon. It makes me nervous to type this but I need to be accountable! I also had the idea pop into my head that maybe this is something my boys and I can do together. Running is hard--for me it is a mental exercise more than a physical one. I remember the first time I ran a 5K and the sense of accomplishment I felt and I want them to experience that too! I started to research races in my area and found lots of options. I wish they weren't so expensive, but I am thinking that instead of paying for a gym pass I can pay for some races--especially if I can convince some of my sons to run with me! It would be worth every penny!I found these pictures here on Womensrunning.com. and was inspired to make this happen:)
Of course this is not always possible like early this morning when the only time I could squeeze in a run, it was too dark and cold to be out! Even still, I am craving being outdoors with the wind in my hair!
So this is what I am planning:
I have found a 5k the end of February, a 10k in March, a 15k in April and I have my eye on a Half Marathon in July! I haven't registered yet because I want to make sure we can work our summer plans around it BUT I have this idea growing in my mind and heart and it is getting me very excited. So excited that I ran on my boring old treadmill this morning for 2 miles without walking. Pretty huge for me! I am really not a "runner" My idea of running the last couple of years has been running/ walking like interval training--not really all that hard most of the time:) This morning was the first time I have run a couple of miles without walking and it felt GREAT!
Do you run? If so do you listen to something? Any music or book recommendations?
I would LOVE any advice you have!