Remember way back in August, when I announced that I was training for a half marathon? Have you been curious about how it’s going? No? Well, that’s fine. I’m going to tell you about it anyway!
I’m not going to lie: the first couple of weeks were rough. Extremely rough. You have to remember that I’ve never been a long-distance runner. I’ve done a couple of 5k races — and none without stopping at some point before the finish line. At week two of my training, I was seriously questioning my ability to even run a few miles without quitting or keeling over.
Fortunately, it got better. I pushed on, and I’ve been steadily increasing my distance each week. I hit a slight bump around the 5-mile mark, and again last week when I was sick with a stomach bug. But I’m now able to run over 6 miles on my long runs without stopping. I’m running my first “prep” race tomorrow night: a 5k. My goal is to run a 10k in December, too, to get me used to running in a group and powering through some of those race-day jitters that I know I’ll have in February.
I have to admit that I’m proud of my dedication. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this motivated about something, and I’m the type of person who always needs a goal to work toward. I’ve gone from dreading what race day might be like, to genuinely looking forward to it. I’m even starting to think about racing beyond the Disney Princess.
But, uh, I guess I should see if I survive this race, first. One step at a time, Katie!
Though I’m making excellent progress with my training, my fundraising still needs help! I’m running on a charity team, which means that I must raise a minimum of $1,000 by January 2 to participate on race day. Please take a moment and consider donating to the charity I’ve chosen: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Your donations are tax deductible and they assist thousands of sick and premature children who are fighting for their lives in hospitals across our country.