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Looking Forward To Learn Discipline Through Running Training

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What a difference a conversation can make!

I’ve been in awe watching one of my sisters become a runner. She’s the most active of us and busy with family activities for that matter. For months she’s been talking about doing 5K’s (which she has completed about 7 or 8) and although I always told her, “sure, let’s do it.” They were empty words.

It all changed this week when she proclaimed wanting to do a half marathon. I’ve only done one 5K… this spark my wish to be disciplined about exercising. My analytic mind started running numbers and it started to love the challenge. Of course, this means I most likely will go to Puerto Rico (checking logistics now) to run it which is like coming full circle for me.

Crazy idea… absolutely.

When the hubs got home, we talked about this crazy idea of training for a half marathon. I’ve haven’t felt this excited in a long time. Actually, it was early this year when I completed a round of Les Mills Combat right before life got busier and New Years resolutions wind off.

It felt right… He sees the potential for me to get back on track on a healthy lifestyle. I do as well. He promised to be my cheerleader. Gosh, I love this man who supports every crazy idea I throw at him.

Training starts next Monday. Im going to do a 16 week non-runner training plan (it’s on page 9.) I’m getting fitted for running shoes. Maybe I’ll get a GPS watch or just use the iPhone, we’ll see how the first couple of weeks go. My plan is to run outdoors when possible and use the treadmill only when it’s miserable outside.

My only goal is to beat the 3.5 hours the organizers set as the slowest you can make it to get a medal.

I like medals… let’s do this! Let’s learn discipline.

Have you trained for a race? Any advice for a rookie?

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6 Comments

  1. Jen @ Born Just Right

    November 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I’ve run four half marathons and I’m training for my fifth in January. My biggest tip is don’t just run. Take time to build your core muscles and leg muscles with weights and other exercises like Pilates or yoga. You’re going to rock this!

  2. Amber Edwards

    November 20, 2013 at 11:20 am

    I haven’t trained for a race, but my husband has. Only to end up having a huge Mid-term test the same day as the marathon. He was so upset. But he was still glad that he did the training. He said it was great for his endurance and excellent discipline.

  3. Cinny

    November 20, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Wow, that’s a good work out…good luck on your training!

  4. Mitch

    November 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Discipline? Discipline to not eat the entire box of cookies! But seriously, I don;t run, but I do the eliptical at the gym, and I force myself to go on a regular routine.
    thanks,
    Mitch

  5. Kimberly Dickerson

    November 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I have never trained for a race but I know it’s hard work. I will be cheering you on from the sidelines–good luck!

  6. Everything Mom and Baby

    November 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Amazing! I look forward to your progress. Take it easy!

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