Today I did something that I never thought I would do in my entire life.
I paid a whole lotta money to run a whole lotta miles.
Disney World Princess Half Marathon 2015, here I come!
Time out while I catch my breath.
My thoughts behind the post On Exercise as a 20 Something sort of lead to this journey of trying to build up endurance and miles each week. Our Color Run in June came and went and I went about a week without any running at all. It felt weird.
Is that weird? I never thought I’d be the person who missed running, but I started to.
Then I took another week or two off, and I missed it again. It was something that I couldn’t shake! Even though it was just a mile or two, I felt better about myself both physically and mentally the days after a run.
I used to joke with Kevin, who is a runner by nature, that the only way in hell I’d run 13 miles, would be if it was through the Magic Kingdom.
Talk about putting your foot in your mouth.
So we threw the idea around and I got my 55-year-old aunt, who just completed a triathlon (!), on board and now here we are, paying money to run 13.1 miles…for FUN. Who am I?!
Kevin knows this race is geared towards girls but he was just thrilled that I am putting myself up to this challenge. It will probably be the hardest thing I will ever do, physically and maybe even mentally since running is such a mental game.
But life only happens once and you’re only 25 once so why not?!
I plan to share every damn step of the way here on the blog so after it’s over, I can reread and actually believe without a doubt that I was, at one point, totally insane to be doing this. I hope to post the good, the bad and the ugly (missing toenails and all, because I hear that actually happens).
And because this race is in February, we’ll be training in the dead of winter. Although the training plan I decided to follow doesn’t start until 12 weeks out, I’m trying to get 3 runs in per week, of at least 2-4 miles, now. I’m starting out slow, feeling comfortable with “long” (to me) runs and being comfortable finding my pace. There’s no time goal for now, just to run and train and not die in front of Mickey Mouse.
I’m also hoping to find a beginners running group here in Louisville to train with, because Kevin and I will not be running this one together. Dude is fast and with the amount of money we’re paying to run this, we both want him to be able to do his personal best while I try to do my personal best. I just hope I can keep up with my aunt! She’s fit!
One last thing: Gracie fully supports my decision to be a half marathoner.
Wish me luck! Because seriously, I’ll need it.
Any advice to first-time half marathoners?