How the heck did I get here? I’m becoming someone who blogs about running. RUNNING! This exercise that I’ve avoided for at least two years. I’d do anything — spinning, barre, step classes — anything but run. And yet, somehow, I just decided to re-purpose my site to track my newest journey: half marathon training.
When the CEO of my company told me that anyone could train to run, I argued saying, “Anyone, but me.” Little did I know that a glass of red wine and a sushi boat later, he had mentally prepared the beginning of my training plan.
Monday morning I was starting up my computer and making coffee when I got a text: “Will you stop up to my office when you get in? I have the phase 1 of your marathon training plan for you.”
Luckily, I had already flown home from our corporate headquarters and was safely 1,300 miles away. Still, I thanked him for his willingness and picked up the phone…I was curious about what he prepared.
We reviewed a 16-week plan. It would take me through summer and get me up to four miles. Keep in mind that the .25 mile warm-up lap in high school track was always tough for me. My only experience in running was sprinting, and only at the shortest distances possible!
And yet — something made me want to try this. Something made me think that even though this was the toughest form of exercise for me, I had enough ambition to at least give it my best attempt. Plus, he had included a disclaimer that said if I got to the end of Phase 1 and wanted to stop, I could.
So, this is the story of my journey. I’m going to share the good, bad, and painful with you as I train to run 13.1 miles. Let’s all take a moment to recognize that the distance of a half marathon is comparable to a short drive.
Here’s to stepping out of your comfort zone and being your authentic self!