April 9, 2013

{h}: HALF marathon

I often wonder where people get the motivation to exercise every single day.  My dad, for example, runs every day except for Sunday.  He runs for a few hours during his work day and then does a longer run (anywhere from 10 - 15 miles) on Saturday.  He also runs marathons, and has for as long as I can remember.  He's a great example to me of being active and using exercise as a way to relax and cope with the stressors of life.


A few years ago, Dustin decided he wanted to run a marathon.  He found a training schedule and followed it diligently.  As part of his preparations, he ran in a 5K and half-marathon event.  Then, the day he had been training for arrived and he ran his first marathon.  It was awesome to watch him cross the finish line.

I want to complete a half-marathon.  It's only 13.1 miles.  I can do it.  

I want to do it so I can understand why people say it's so addicting.  I want to do it because I know training for one will help me stay active and fit.  I want to know what it feels like to cross a finish line.

I hope to accomplish this goal in the next 2 years.

13 comments:

  1. Good for you! GOOD LUCK!!! I DON'T want to understand the running thing! I've tried it. Shoot, I can't even do the walking thing! So, I will stay with my non-impact water aerobics.

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    1. Everyone has their favorite sport!

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  2. You can do it! I like the Hal Higdon training schedules myself. I think it's more fun with a friend :)

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I'll check out that schedule.

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  3. I think you would LOVE training for and running a half marathon. And you're right—13.1 is long, but not THAT long. You could definitely do it! I did my first one last summer and followed it up with another half a few months later. The most athletic thing I'd ever done in my life before that summer of running was play the piano, so if I could pull it off, anyone can. I planned this pregnancy badly in terms of running because I won't be able to train and run again until the weather is cold, but as soon as I'm able to I want to do it all over again and run another few halfs or even a full. :)

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    1. That's awesome! I hear so many people say, "If I can do it, anyone can!" So, that makes me feel like it's even more possible.

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  4. I think we should both train and then do one together. Because I want to do a half too!

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    1. Yes! That's a great idea!

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  5. Good luck! I know you can do it! I'm a firm believer in the idea that success comes to those who go after something with their whole heart. This is a wonderful goal!

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  6. Great goal!!! I've been doing 5Ks and will do my first 10K next month. I'm working towards the half. You can do it!! What a great example you dad is.

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  7. I used to run, and I loved it. Then I hurt my back, needed surgery, and can't do impact exercise anymore. I so miss running. I'm popping in from the a=z, and you have a beautiful blog. You sound like such an interesting person, too - from your "about me" page. Visit me, if you'd like:
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