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Let's Get Running

28 February, 2018

Before my thirtieth birthday I wrote out a bucket list of some of the things I wanted to do in my life.

Three of those things were running related…..

  • Run a 5k
  • Run a half marathon
  • Run a marathon

But here is the thing…..I’m not exactly a runner.

I’m thick and squishy.

I’m not fast. I’ll never be fast.

I can count on one hand how many times I have gone on a run and actually managed to complete the whole thing without walking or stopping to catch my breath.

And quite frankly, whenever I do run and someone asks me how it went, my response is always, “Well…I didn’t die.”

But here is the thing, I kind of love it.

I love the freedom it gives me.

I love the runners high.

And quite frankly I love the routes and trails that I am able to run on.

At the first of the year, friends and I started talking about the possibility of running a destination race together. Not only would it be a fun girls weekend, it would be something different to try.

So it was decided over margaritas, Manhattans and a delicious drink called “the orchard” that we would run a 10k together!

I may be the least athletic of the group but I think I am the most excited about this adventure!

In past I have done the Couch to 5K program with some success. But I’d get to weeks 4 and 5 and it would all fall apart. I think it was more of a mental thing than anything.

This time around, I’m taking a slightly different approach. Instead of training specifically for a 10k, I am going to train for a half marathon.

Wha?!

The idea was actually that of a friends. She suggested we plan for a longer race, so that on race day we aren’t super intimidated by that distance.

To get me ready for the race, I am going to be following the training program for a half marathon from Run Eat Repeat. It's a 16 week, walk/run program which I think will be perfect for me. Running non-stop for that long seems really intimidating, but doing a run/walk combo seems way more doable and knowing that my training plan consists of running and walking, I won't feel like I will have failed if I can't run the whole thing.

I'm excited to start the training program and to get back into running. It's going to be a fun 16 weeks!

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