Training For A Half Marathon

I have an exciting announcement to make:

I am training for a half marathon!

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.

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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.

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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.

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If you are a runner, I would love to hear your tips and tricks on how to get started!

Much love,

Jubilee

 

17 Comments

  1. I am definitely not a runner, heck I’m barely a jogger but this is inspiring me to do more exercising this spring/summer. As soon as my allergies settle I’ll start my laps around my neighborhood. Until then I’ll stick with the stairs and the mall. Great post! I’m sure you will do amazing things!

  2. Good Luck with the training and the marathon! I have never been much of a runner but always thought it would be fun! You will do excellent =)

    1. Thank you Brittany! I’ve never been much of a runner either, but hopefully that will change 😉

  3. So exciting that Josh is doing it with you! I’m excited to see the progress you make as the months go by and how well you do in the marathon!

  4. High five girl! You are inspiring! I too don’t loooove running but I’d love to set a goal like this to motivate me to keep working at it. You are awesome. You got this! ❤️

  5. Like your goal setting! you decided to do it, are preparing for it, and journaling to hold yourself accountable! Can’t wait to hear about the race!

  6. I did a half marathon a couple of years ago and actually ended up really enjoying it. I had only trained up to 8 miles, and I’d recommend doing more than that! But I managed okay in the end. I’ve actually signed up for another one this year and need to get training – you’ve reminded me I need to get moving! My biggest tip would be just to take it slow with training. Add a little bit at a time and just ignore your speed – as long as you finish the race, you’ve succeeded!

  7. SO proud of my cousin Jubilee!! Despite for real never being a runner she is taking on the challenge and quite literally making her dreams come true! Running is so fun! So glad I took the leap of faith and signed up to run with you! Let’s do this!

  8. I’m excited for you! I am becoming a so-so runner. It will come in time (I’m not rushing it), but I want to get to a point where I run four times a week for 2 miles.

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