I know.... I started this blog as a sounding board and community to vent some of my fears and hopes as I started running again and started to prepare for my first half marathon. Which was "Run Like Hell" in October. Well, one thing lead to another... and when I see a giveaway I have to enter it.
This giveaway was that each entry was to nominate someone who was deserving of a free race entry. I nominated a good friend, and the one who introduced me to the idea of running and a training plan that gave me hope that it was doable. We won! Well, Happy Girls Run couldn't pick just one fabulous lady who deserved a free race entry, so they ALL won! One thing lead to another, and my buddy couldn't race, so she gave me the free entry back to me. (Insert huge smiley face here. I was beyond excited.)
When I wanted to "jog" in high school to attempt to get my weight problem under control, I gave up right away. My high school sweet heart drove to my house every morning at the crack of dawn for three days. Every morning I heaved and gasped for breath and hoped I wouldn't die of a heart attack while he kept a pace with me similar to speed walking. It was too humiliating and I gave up.
Speed up the clock 15 years later, and I still had that weight problem and still wanted to do "something" about it. more than anything, I wanted to prove that I could do this. I CAN run. I can! Well, week one of couch to 5k just about killed me. It certainly killed my pride. In a group of 5 other lovely ladies, I limped and lamented and when my 30 seconds of running was done, I cried at the idea of the walk times getting shorter and the run times getting longer. I'm not even kidding. You can ask them, but I'm too embarrassed about it to give you their contact info. ;-)
Well, they didn't give up on me and I didn't give up on myself this time.... so now I'm running a free race on Sunday! Why not go for the sweet swag and run a half?
Sneak Peak of the sterling silver bling awaiting half marathon finishers
This will be interesting. Hopefully I don't face plant it too bad!
Any advice or anecdotes for a first half marathon?
Have a fatastic weekend and I'll keep you posted! By the way, I hung out with SBS and Dimity of Another Mother Runner today.... that'll be a post for another day. ;-) Stay tuned!