I have an exciting announcement to make:
I am training for a half marathon!
Let me start by saying: I have never considered myself to be a runner. Not once.
My earliest memories of running is when I dreaded the laps that awaited me back in 6th grade. I was never the fastest one to finish, but I was always the most out of breathe. My knee often throbbed with pain, and I was frustrated that my body couldn’t seem to handle the miles as easily as my peers.
The years passed by without me running so much as a block…well, except for in my dreams.
Since before I can remember, I have had a reoccurring dream of running without tiring. While many people dream of flying high in the air, I have dreamt of my feet sprinting and feeling free. In every dream I feel full of energy, not tired, and fully alive. Whenever I wake up from these dreams, I wish that I could jump back into them. I wish it to be real.
While I was visiting San Antonio a few weeks ago, I found that the races at Disney World began to spark my interest. Could I do it if I fully put my mind to it? What would it feel like to cross the finish line and feel capable of such a feat? I have mentioned many times before on this blog that I am type A, and with that comes my determination. When I set my mind to something I put my all into that choice.
A few days after playing with the idea in my head, I decided that I was going to do this thing. I am going to run a half marathon.
I am lucky to have my cousin, who has run a marathon before, to help me work through this experience. While I was in town, we went for a few runs together and it made me even more certain that I wanted to commit to this race. In fact, Josh decided to sign up for the half with me! There is nothing more motivating than running with friends.
My hope is to track my progress and give you all a glimpse into my running journey.
For me, this is a chance to prove to myself that I can do things that don’t come easily to me. If I put my heart into a dream, I can make it a reality.
I am 4 weeks into training for the January 11th half marathon, and I am currently following the Galloway method. I don’t expect this to be easy, things that are worth it rarely are. I am prepared to work hard to cross that finish line.
If you are a runner, I would love to hear your tips and tricks on how to get started!