Well…I did it! Yesterday, I took the plunge and registered for the Publix Georgia Marathon and Half Marathon. Of course, I only registered for the half. I’m only half crazy!
Back about a month ago, I got a text from my friend Amy asking if I wanted to run a half marathon with her.
At first I thought….um, no. There is no way I can do a half marathon in just a few months. Well, after researching it on the Internet, I saw lots of training plans that were 8 weeks. No excuse there.
Then, I thought maybe I could use the excuse that I wasn’t ready. But, I knew that wasn’t true either. If you can run a 10k, you can run a half. Or, so I’ve heard. No excuse there.
So…I procrastinated and told Amy I wasn’t a runner because I couldn’t run a 10 minute mile. But…I saw on the online registration that you only had to be able to keep a pace of a 15 minute mile. I can WALK a 15 minute mile. No excuse there.
We were trying to decide between the Nashville half marathon and the Georgia one. With this being the first and funds being tight, we decided to stay close to home and NOT have to pay traveling expenses. So, yesterday, I did it. I payed my
$90 only $87 after a coupon code I found! Yeah!
There is something about hitting that payment button that makes it real. I guess in my mind I could always find an excuse to back out until I paid the money. Now that it is paid, there is no backing out.
I had on my training schedule last night a 6 mile run. I did it. I had a pretty good time of
That means I ran an 11:56 minute mile. Not too shabby for a “new” runner. I also felt pretty good. Now, thinking I am going to double that on March 18 is a bit daunting but I have started envisioning myself crossing the finish line and how good and accomplished I will feel when that happens. I WILL finish and I WILL rock it!
So, here goes something I have wanted to do since this weight loss journey began. I took the first step, I registered. Now for the hard work–training. It will all be worth it in the end.
Have you run a half marathon before? If so, I need your tips! What are your top tips for me to make sure I finish successfully?