2. I have 3 kiddos who watch everything I do. And I know “more is caught than is taught”. I want them to catch the bug to exercise YOUNG.
3. I weigh 10 pounds more than my driver’s license says I do.
(Right before the race. I may look cool as a cucumber, but really I am trying to decide if I have time to pottie just.one.more.time??? And yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to have your hair done and makeup on before running 13 miles!!)
4. I needed to know if I could commit to something that was HARD and then actually.do.it. 10 weeks of running by myself, when no one was watching and it was cold and it was crappy weather and I had to be away from my family was lonely and humbling… yet necessary.
5. I have delivered three 8+ pound babies. It changed my body in ways I don’t necessarily like. I needed to know that even if I may not always like my “after-babies” body, that it could be still be strong and that it is still healthy.
6. I had told so many people that there was really no backing out. I had a few close friends who really encouraged me through training all the way to the finish line. They know who they are and I love them. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
8. I am the most unlikely of runners. I am neither long nor lean…. I hated running in high school. It’s only in the last few years that I have come to appreciate the way I feel AFTER running that makes it worth it.
(Noah and Easton coming to finish the race with me)
10. I had some things I needed to prove to myself about who I am and what I am capable of. I am still processing those things and think that may deserve it’s own post sometime.
11. (Ok…… maybe 12 pounds heavier than my driver’s license says I am.)
12. After enduring shin splints, blisters, sore knees, female issues (let’s no go there) and a hurt back during training, I was not going to.let.that.all.be.for.nothing!
13. I feel like I give so much of myself to everything but me sometimes. Work, kids, husband, family, church, friends, commitments, laundry!!!! I know you can relate. 10 weeks of training took time away from those things…. but I needed to do something FOR ME! And those things were still there every week when I was done running.
13.1 I paid the $58 registration fee!!!! I was getting something out of it!
Ladies, if there is something stirring in your heart that you want to do…whether that be running, climbing something, painting something, a dance class, starting your own business, sky diving….. I encourage you to seriously look at what’s holding you back and go for it. It is worth it EMOTIONALLY.
While I by no means am an expert at running, I would write another post on the subject of running/half marathons if you ladies showed interest. I feel like I could advise you on the training program that worked for me, give you my tips (the ones no one told me!) and help to encourage you! Just let me know by commenting.
If you want to watch a serious runner do her thing….follow this blog. Wow… Erin is a running machine. You go girl with your bad self!!!!!
Thank you for reading through a non-painting post. I figure I have about 10 more minutes to milk this “half marathon” thing and then I’ll have to move on! Ha!
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-3