Up until 2009, I always hated running. It just felt like so much work to run! In February 2009, a bunch of coworkers started training for a half marathon and I decided to walk the 5k option. As I waited for my coworkers to finish, I felt a little admiration for the fact that they even did this! It made me think, wow, I wish I could run a half marathon too! I thought walking a 5k wasn’t so bad so I started training for a 5k. That first year I ran three more 5ks (Cinco de Mayo Run, Bruin run, and Cancer Challenge) with times between 33-42 minutes. I started to get the hang of this running thing! ❤ said that I should push myself to do a 10k (he has a knack for pushing me to try harder! <3).
This past year I did my first 10k during Super Bowl Sunday and it wasn’t so bad, I finished it in 66 minutes! My second 10k (Santa Monica Classic) I finished in 64 minutes. I decided it was time to run a half marathon. Mainly because after the 10k, I didn’t feel super exhausted. I felt like I was running at a pace that I could handle. After the 10k, I felt like I could run more. I even encouraged my friend X to run her first half marathon too! I was excited to train for my first half marathon with two good gal pals!
I originally wanted to finish my first half marathon before I turned 30 but the most affordable/weather friendly marathon was October 24th. My goal was to finish in 2.5 hours. Mainly because I thought I’d have to do a lot of walking in the second part of the race. X and I finished in 2 hours and 19 minutes! It really helped running this with friends the entire way. NEVER in my life did I ever think I could do this. I’m still reveling over my accomplishment. This reminds me of the high I felt when I climbed Machu Picchu (which I also happened to do with X!!). These are the types of moments where I feel like I’ve done something that not everyone in the world has had a chance to do. No one can take this moment/accomplishment away from me (things like a job promotion or money can easily be taken away from you). Never say never people! 🙂
Can you tell I’m excited? 🙂
What should my next goal be? <3, X and I have done a 50 mile bike ride. I’m contemplating doing the century option next year! As for a full marathon? I really don’t think so. I want to improve my half marathon time!