I hope this blog about my achievement will inspire you to get up off that sofa and just do it, whatever it may be!.
My 2014 story!
Most people would have set probably a more realistic goal like a 5K or 10K distance, I know, I know but for me if I was going to put in the work I wanted to be challenged, I wanted to have something MAJOR to talk about plus those specific short distances did not fit in with that yearning to run far and my husband would have me as a training partner for some of his longer runs and visa versa (BMO Marathoner).. It was a win win situation!
(Ironman Triathletes included).
January GONE. February came and went, training weather still crap but I maintained my focus with my goal in sight. First week of March arrives my training is going well and with a few longer runs under the belt I had the idea, why not test drive my training thus far by bringing my first 1/2 marathon for 2014 forward by a smidge; 16th March, "Say whaaattt". (you think about a lot when you run - obviously) I was feeling pretty strong, felt certain I could run 21km's and so chose a race the
Try Events: Shamrock Half at Burnaby Lake.
This my readers is all key. And trust me anything can go wrong pre, during and post race that can suck your sense of humour dry and give ya' a good ole kick in the pants!!! I had set this first race as a training run, that is right folks 21km or a 13.1 miler test run blah ha ha ha ha! Crazy is what my husband thought, I had just brought our race date closer by seven weeks and just nine weeks into our training regime. Going from zero running to 200km give or take of running training under my belt, I felt I could accomplish this!
back to the drawing board and preparation for my scheduled race "THE BMO Half Marathon". Full steam ahead (although after the Shamrock Half I was hobbling about. I had no idea how stiff my legs would get - bring on those amino acids) Stiff legs and all, I began to love that running euphoria, stride by stride achieving that running free feeling I had so longed for and felt I needed in my heart.
I was feeling king!
8 Half Marathons for 2014.
Points I needed to consider; work, life, balance, international travel (I had already three international trips planned for the year) and enjoyment of the road that lay before my feet. I wanted this to be a journey of grand physical achievement and I wanted to enjoy the journey along the way. 80/20 rule right!! So there you have it 8 Half Marathons goal set.
I have never felt happier to see a finish line annnddddd go to the potty - ha ha ha ha ha..absolute relief!! Race two done and dusted. My Tim Hortons steeped tea, chicken sandwich and timbits were a true delight. BTW husband finished the marathon race with a heel injury so proud poor guy 42km is a long way folks.
"Achievement is true glory, exhilarating to the heart and joyous to the beholder"
Stay Tuned because this information is coming soon: Do I reach my Set Goal of Eight Half Marathons, I will share my fitness and nutrition tips, what works for me pre, during and post race, supplements I use, Injury's - yes I have injury's, gadgets I have collected along the way to aid in my recovery and maintenance. My re-collection of races, running whilst travelling and lots more.
Till next time