Race day has officially come and gone. I can officially check running a half marathon off of my list of goals I want to reach. I finished my first half marathon and I’m actually pleasantly pleased with my time.
I’ve been a casual runner for 3 years now. I went from absolutely hating running. I was that person that you tell you that if I was running you better start running too because that meant something was chasing me. Boy how that changed with one race. All it took was running my first 5K and getting that runners high and I was hooked. Running quickly became my drug of choice and I wanted more of it.
As I’ve been posting my half marathon pictures on Facebook I’ve been overwhelmed with comments and messages praising me for my accomplishment and telling me that I’m an inspiration. I’m here to tell you all that you can do this too! You want to know who my inspiration was during my 13.1 miles? The people who were twice my age and older that were running right by my side. The people who were running with injuries and not using their injuries as an excuse. I hope that when I am in my 70’s and 80’s that I will still be running and kicking ass. Scratch that. When I am in my 70’s and 80’s I WILL still be running and kicking ass.
Are you sitting here reading this and thinking there is no way in the world you could run, let alone run a half marathon? Do you want to run? Do you want to be more active? Are you recovering from injuries and thinking you will never be able to run again? Squash those negative thoughts right now!! Sure you may not be able to run right now. But with the right training and with one step at a time you will get there!
Not even a year into running I gave myself back to back injuries and I was sure I wouldn’t be able to run again after them. The first injury I fell on my tailbone while roller skating and had to stop running for months while I recovered from that injury. I had just gotten back into running after that injury when I feel during a run and messed up my knees. After that injury I was SURE I would NEVER be able to run again. Months later at the beach I decided to give running a try one more time and I’ve been back at running since then.
One thing I have learned from those injuries is that if you are going to run you need to run smart. Don’t just go out there and go balls to the walls with it. If you are going to run you need to good strength training routine to go along with your running. You need to listen to your body and slow down when you need to. And rest days are a MUST!
If you would like to talk to me more about the training that I have been going through to get ready for this half marathon leave me a comment or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would LOVE to give you some ideas on how to get started no matter if you have never run a day in your life or if you are looking to improve your times. I’m here to help you and love talking about fitness and running!