In a couple of weeks I will be participating in my second half-marathon. I haven’t been a runner all my life, and even now, I’m more of a jogger at top speed. As a matter of fact, after discovering a minor heart issue during my last race, I now do a run-walk combo. But in my mind, that doesn’t make me any less of a runner. I figured that if can birth 4 babies, surely I can run 13.1 miles. So I strap on my iPod and crank up my hopelessly lame playlist (mainly to drown out the sound of my panting) and hit the pavement!Preparing for a race of any type can take a lot of time, but with careful planning and the help of friends and family I have been able to stay on my training schedule. Not all of my runs have been under ideal conditions. I prefer to run early in the day (mostly to get it over with) and outside. But one snowy, sleety, rainy day, I ended up doing my 8 miles…inside…on the treadmill…at 6 p.m. Not ideal for me, but I cranked it out because I was working toward a goal. Another day my family had back-to-back activities all day, and I knew that if I didn’t wake up really early to get my run in then it just wasn’t going to happen. I groaned when the alarm went off at 4:30, but again, I had a goal so I did what I really didn’t want to do. I even know of a rock-star mom (my sister’s friend, Teresa) who was training for a marathon and could only fit in her long run by starting at 3 a.m. Not ideal, but doable.
I’m not suggesting that everyone go out and run a marathon. But be sure that you carve out a little time for yourself to stay fit. Like Mary always says, “You may not like exercise, but I guarantee you’ll like how exercise makes you feel.” There is a great sense of accomplishment when you set and achieve a goal. Besides a great sense of accomplishment and personal fulfillment, the prize at the end of this race is a Tiffany necklace! I’ll let you know how everything goes!