My hopes with training for this marathon is to build confidence as a runner. I know I will finish, I could maybe even run it now but I want to cross the finish line feeling like a runner and not just pretending I'm one. To me it means not walking (if I can help it), being prepared, and actually enjoying myself. I want to experience the runner's high instead of the jogger's dread. Right now I'm working on finding inspiration to begin my runs. First was watching a movie my younger brother, and fellow half marathon newbie, recommended to me called "The Spirit of the Marathon". It follows a group of people training for the Chicago Marathon, and though I am only running a half, I found it to be motivating. Yet, somehow it still didn't jolt me in to wanting to wake up at 5 a.m. to run 3-4 miles. Baby steps. Now I'm reading every training article, book, magazine, Hal Higdon program, etc, I can get my hands on. Although, prepping will only last so long before I actually need to get going. I mean really get going. I ran a few times last week and the heat made it impossible for me to be happy about the 13.1 mile journey I decided to take on. I figured creating this running diary (oh there you are, pun) would help not only keep me accountable but also serve as an outlet for my progress. Lace up, here we go.
Inspire. Motivate. Move.