I thought this was an appropriate photo for today's post - we all need a little help with our resolutions.
It's time for a little resolution update from me. You can read my original resolution post here. I guess I only shared three of my resolutions with blogdom - I did make a few more. I'll have to go look those up now and see how I'm doing. Ummm...just looked...I'm doing OK, but I definitely I have some work to do.
Anyway, back to the three goals I shared with all of you - I just wanted to give you an update on one of them - the half marathon. I have to say it's going well. Thanks to my running buddy, Tricia (yes, she's the one who also helped assemble the paper cake) and the weather finally warming up a bit (although it's supposed to snow again today), I am doing A-OK on this one and am set to run a half-marathon on September 20 (e-mail me if you'd like to know which one). Yes, I realize that is about 5 months away, but that's how I like it - lots of time to work up to it. Not that I have ever done this before, but I'm not a girl who likes to be overwhelmed or underprepared. And thanks to my handy Mac, you should all be able to see our training schedule. Most of the schedules we found were for three months of training, you needed to be able to run about three miles to start, and you never got to the 13 miles before the race day. We had a little more time so we are working up more slowly, reaching the 13 miles about a month before the race and then backing off until the race for a "recovery period." I'll let you know how I like it in September when I've tested its merits.
And for those of you who are interested in continuing to read, I think it might be helpful to share my history with running. I used to think that you just had to be a born runner in order to run. I thought I wasn't a runner - no one in my family ran and every time I ran I got winded in about 10 seconds. I was that kid who always finished last and walked half of it when we ran the mile for the Presidential Fitness Challenge in elementary and junior high. I started running my first year in college. My first roommate was a cross country runner and the first person I met who ran long distances who I didn't consider to be crazy. In high school, there was a boy who had a crush on me (I know this because one time he told me he was going to marry me - he didn't) who ran, but he always talked about how horrible he felt afterwards - not so motivating. So, my first college roommate showed me that running could be an enjoyable challenge and I've ran a little bit ever since then. I've only ever ran a 5K before - I usually end up running one a year, so I'm definitely not a serious runner, but I'd like to be. I've got some things against me, mostly family history:
- Like the fact that I will probably get rheumatoid arthritis sometime in the next 10-15 years - both my Mom and Grandma have it and I think I may have had my first "flare-up" on Monday night. But, I just read in the paper about a woman who has had rheumatoid since her 20s and is now in her 40s and training for marathons.
- My mother is under 55 and has had both hips replaced. I think I might be OK here - I can still sit on the floor with my legs crossed - something she couldn't do at my age.
- My baby is almost two and I still feel like I had him a few months ago. Is this normal? I bounced right back from Peter, but I just feel like I'm dragging here, and it's not just the weight - it's the lack of circulation, tiredness, etc. This is definitely a motivating factor for me - if getting in shape can't help me feel better, then I know I've got problems.
- This is not really something that's against me in terms of running, but another big motivation for me is that there's every sort of cancer and heart disease in both sides of my genealogy.
So, I guess what I'm saying here, is if you want to run, keep a positive attitude and give it a try. Start slow and just keep going. It took me about 10 years to get to the point where I wanted to do a long run, but I really think any sort of running is beneficial. Even though I haven't always been consistent with my running, it's definitely been a positive aspect of my life, something to keep working on, and I'm looking forward to September!