Many times and many days, my running has been therapeutic. I can get outside or go downstairs to the treadmill, turn on my music and just go. I think about a lot of things and I've let go of a lot of things while running. I have motivated myself, pushed myself and I've even cried a bit on the runs thinking about life, my family and tons of other things.
There is a sense of pride every time I reach my running goal. Every mile is a victory for me. I celebrate every single mile I achieve. The time came for me a set myself a goal.
I am currently training for my first half marathon! I know a few people who have done them and they followed the 12 week training program that I am following now. Hal Higdon has come up with these programs for all levels of ability. You can adjust them a bit to better suite your weekly schedule but I feel like his program isn't too daunting or scary.
I completed my first week of training on Sunday as the weeks run Monday through Sunday. I did well and I was able to complete all my workouts. There are three days of running, one day of rest, two days of cross training and one day of stretch and strengthening.
I am planning on doing my first half marathon in October and the course is said to be mostly downhill and perfect for those doing their first half. I don't know if I will make it to the race.....meaning if my body will be able to handle all the training but I am willing to give it my all in an effort to make it.
I am not going to give up without a fight though. I want to prove to myself and others that I can do this. At this point, I do not have any timing goals or anything like that. I am just plugging along the training schedule and taking it one day at a time. I know it's not going to be easy but I am going to give it my all.