Monday, June 09, 2008

In Training...

for a half-marathon. Yes, indeedy. Really and truly. I'm not kidding. Really. I'm not. (Those of you who know me in real life can pick yourselves up off the floor now. I can hear you laughing across the computer line.)

A good friend of mine did the Houston Marathon last January. I've watched her go from being a non-runner, to that. It was great... for her. I was so happy... for her. For me? I wasn't interested. But for my friend... way to go!

Then, I found out next year's marathon is going to be on my birthday. My 42nd birthday. 42!! (Yes, I'm announcing it for all the world to see.)

That got me to thinking... I'm still not interested in running a marathon. (I haven't been since I found out years ago that your toenails might fall off after the race. Yuk and ouch!) However, a half-marathon. Yeah, maybe I could do that. I talked to Griff about it. He said, "Go for it!" I talked to my friend and her excitement pushed me right into training. LOL

She told me about a local training group. They help you train for the marathon and half-marathon. You join, then meet up on Saturdays for running. They give you a training schedule to use during the week. They also have speakers about marathon-related topics. It sounds like a great way to keep motivated. The group meets for the first time in July, and if I want to be able to run at all by then, I knew needed to start right away.

So, I started Couch to 5K. I started week 3 today. I am sore, but very excited. (Although after the way my legs were screaming at me after my 2nd 3 minutes of running today, it amazes me that I will be able to run several hours by January!) I have never done anything like this before, but I think, for that reason alone, it is important that I follow through.

I'm kind of funny about things like this. I haven't told many people about it. My family, and a few close friends. Other than that, I've been pretty close-mouthed. I'm probably not going to blog about this much, but I'm going to set up a sidebar item here on the blog to keep a record. If you're interested, check it out!


Angela said...

Way to go- I have thought about doing one..but I feel like you! I will watch your progress and maybe you can inspire me. I have never been a runner, but work out religiously. I need a change in my workout- So list your plan for all of us still om the couch :)

Contessa Kris said...

I'm never going to do a marathon but kudos to you. My DH is training to run the Disneyworld Marathon in January. He hasn't run much in the last 5 years so he's finding it a new experience being a whole 5 years older. Good luck with your training. It's really a great goal.