Half Marathon Trainee
“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” — John Bingham
I read the above quote from a great blogger – Single Ma from Fabulous Financials & Fitness.
Having just started to train for my first half marathon this February, I am quite excited to be a “runner.”
Growing up, I have never felt the need to push myself physically. I didn’t join any sports team, or inter-murals in elementary and all through high school. Sports wasn’t my thing. I was always the “smart” one, and I stuck to that because I enjoyed challenging myself intellectually.
100% on a Calculus test – no problemo, but doing a lay up in basketball? No thanks.
Which feet goes first? How many steps? How high? AND I have to hold a ball and put it through the net?! That’s way harder than rocket science.
The first time I started getting into sports was in university. Third year. The school term after I broke up with my long term ex boyfriend and needed to prove to myself that I could do stuff on my own. I needed to focus on myself and love me. And I needed to take my mind off him.
What better way than through physical exercise? There was no way that I could think about him, and do physical exercise at the same time. I have pretty poor multi-tasking skills – I like focus on one thing at a time. Perfect!
I started swimming. I started running. I started salsa dancing. I started playing squash. I started playing soccer (indoor and outdoor – just not at the same time!). I started playing volleyball. I started playing dodgeball. I started taking up Yoga. I even started belly dancing (well, lessons – I kinda suck at it a lot).
Notice that I said “started”? That’s cuz I never did that stuff before.
I still play volleyball once a week, but I wanted to push myself harder physically just to prove to myself I can do it!
So, I signed up for a half marathon with my sister.
I’m not an avid runner, though I do run occasionally – about a few times a year. I like to set high goals for myself. It gives me a thrill when I can achieve it. Kinda like getting my 100% on a Calculus test. Except now it will be making it to the finish line. Test date will by May 16th.
So far, I have been running at least three times a week, and cross training on off days (cycling or swimming), and resting for two days. I go to sleep at 10 p.m. every night, and get up at 5:50 a.m. to hit the gym at 6:00 a.m. As painful as that sounded to me once upon a time (January), that hardest part is really getting up. It’s the best wake up call and it gives me energy the entire day.
What are you thoughts on exercising? And what are some of your routines? Do you like to push yourself physically or do you prefer to challenge yourself mentally?