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The Future

You reach that point in high school when you have to begin thinking about college; you reach that point in college when you have to begin thinking about a career. You even hit that age when you have to start thinking about families, but I am avoiding that one for the time being. I can’t however deny my looming race date and the reality that I must explore the future beyond it.

I am sure there are people who are blessed enough to focus on one goal or one race at a time; I am not one of them.  I have always done too many things at once and need to know what I will be doing next week in order to do what I will need to do today.  So I woke up at 7:00 this Saturday morning to think about  (dom dom doooooohm) The Future.

An hour later, I had mapped out the next six months of my training life in painstaking detail.  The good news is that it can be done.  The scary news is that it is way more than I have ever done before.  But if I do it, I will have run my first half marathon and completed my first sprint triathlon in my thirtieth year of life (with literally no days to spare –I turn 31 the day after my tri).

I would be lying if I said the challenge before me was not intimidating, but I am also thrilled by the idea of new challenges ahead.  I am also super-psyched that boyfriend will be training with me for the tri.  Which is to say, he is doing the tri, though has made it clear he has no desire to train as much as I do or take it as seriously as I do.  And he may still beat me…but that is yet to be seen.

So here’s what the next six months after my first half marathon hold.  I hope a few of you will stick around for that journey as well! I am running 10 miles tomorrow and then just 25 miles till race day.

My 2010 Event and Training Calendar for Half marathon and Sprint Triathlon

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November 21, 2009 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

Inspired to Run


I am nervous and exited about my trip.  I can’t believe that in a few short days I will be running eight miles for the first time with thousands of other people (probably not their first time).  Getting ready for the trip has cut into my training this week, but I am still hoping to get in a short run before I hop a plane in a few short hours.

Whenever I tell people that I am running a half marathon, they seem impressed.  And really they should be, as a race of that length is not something to be entered into lightly.  As I talk more about running and racing—and the fact that I am a true newbie overambitious enough try to tackle it all in a few short months—they get excited.  Sometimes, they even get inspired.

Today, as I get ready to run a new race and earn my first medal, I think about the people who have inspired me.  All my friends at the farmers market who told me I could do this, my friends for Nashville and my former co-worker who told me to go for it, and of course my boyfriend who wants to train for a triathlon. They love to run and convinced me I could love running too.  When I told my sister I loved running, she rediscovered her love of running. Now we are doing the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K together!

Just talking about running seems to make other people want to run.  This infectious hobby becomes a true passion for the people who embrace it.  So thanks to all the people that inspired and continue to inspire me.  I plan to pass on the gift.  Runners, keep inspiring others to run too!

I am not sure when my next post will be due to my true vacation (no computers!), but I will upload pics and a full report of the race soon.

October 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm 1 comment

A Beginning Runner’s Journey

Before my first race

Before my first race

In the past three months I have:

*Moved to a new town
*Started a new job
*Begun running for the first time

This impressive list is apparently not enough to keep me busy, because I am adding a fourth item to it: starting this blog. I typically jump a little too energetically into new endeavors, and jumping into blogging is really just a way of feeding my running obsession.

I started running exactly one month ago today because my boyfriend mentioned training for a triathlon. I am a cyclist. It is the only form of exercise that has ever felt completely natural performing and the only sport where my reflexes actually seem to work to my advantage. Yet, for the past year I have had the image of myself stepping out of my house and beginning to run with grace and ease. I have fought this image, telling myself running was hard and painful, but I continued to see myself running into the sun with my hair flowing behind me.  Thinking about a triathlon was just the push I needed.

Ok, so beginning to run for me was not quite that magical scene I imagined, but it was, nevertheless, addictive. A month ago, I left my house at 6:15 am and ran. I ran 1.76 miles and was ecstatic, though exhausted. I ran the next morning and felt even better. The next day I started looking for races. After completing a 4-miler two weeks later, I knew I was hooked.

But even those who understand the contagious excitement of running for the first time, especially in the early days of fall, might question my next move. I registered for a half-marathon…eleven weeks out. I downloaded a Hal Higdon half marathon training schedule into Excel, got a few new pairs of Nike shorts to go with my new running shoes, and have been training ever since.

When I’m not running, which is of course most of the time, I find myself drifting to the internet in search of people running down this path with me. Most of the blogs I have seen are written by those long past their first marathon. So here I am, chronicling my own journey. It is mostly for me, but hopefully it has a little something for you, too.

October 4, 2009 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

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