After running my Half Marathon I wasn't sure if I would have the energy to ever run again! I was wrong, thankfully because I have really started to love running.
My running journey started in the beginning of this year. A friend of Ked's mentioned the Pat Tillman run, which is a 4.2 mile run that ends in the ASU stadium on the 42 yard line. I thought to myself... "Wow 4.2 miles, that is far but manageable... I can do that!" So I went online and printed out a how to start running guide. Run for one minute, walk for two for 30 minutes... okay I can definitely start there. So I put on an old pair of Nikes that I had bought in Tucson when I started going to the gym back in 2005 (I went just a handful of times so they were basically new). I started off walking for 2 minutes, then I started running... those next 30 minutes may have been the longest minutes of my life. I seriously thought that I would not be able to do 4.2 miles in a couple of months. So a week or two go by of my sporadic 30 minute off and on runs, I tell no one of my experience but I am able to stop timing myself and just go out and run around the block, stopping quite a bit to catch my breath of course.
One weekend I go over to my BFF Lo's house to spend some QT together. She gets to talking about how her husband J and her are going to run the San Diego Rock n' Roll Marathon... my jaw hits the grown and I say, YOU CRAZY! She says no way, do it with me! Me being the type that can't say no, I say why not... anyways I could basically run an entire mile now without stopping... what is 12.1 more! hahah
So Lo prints out a 1/2 Marathon training program and I start. It was a 12 week training program and I had about 16 weeks before the event so I decided to just repeat the first week for a month. That I did, I was a training bee, working 6 days a week. I loved having the busy schedule, the pain from the longer runs and before I knew it my foot started hurting during week 6 & 7 of 12. I stopped running completely and went to the doctor. If you know anything about injuries you know if something hurts there is a reason and you need to get it looked at asap, just in case! Thankfully it was nothing big, just tendonitis (the pain with no swelling) from not strengthening and stretching it enough. So with a week off I started right back where I left off roaring to go but a little nervous about taking a week off so close to the race.
I did it. I put 200 miles on my New Balances and now I am a runner, officially. I even have a metal to prove it! :-)
I believe I can do anything I put my mind to.
I believe in health.
I believe in running.
I believe in me.
PS. I did not end up doing the Pat Tillman Run, I will next year though!