So I came to college in 2009 and my roommate Julie loved running! I tried to change my ways and train for the 3.2 for 32 in April 2010. I think I went once with (my current roommate) Becky on a chilly day. I still hated it, mostly because I wasn't really in shape and it was cold and my ears hurt. Blacksburg is rather hilly too so needless to say I gave up pretty quickly. I think I ran at most 1.5 miles before the 3.2? But I did run quite a bit of it (well besides the hills). But I was still not convinced. Julie would invite me running with her and I would always decline because "I hate running."
Fast forward to last summer when a few events put things into perspective for me. I had just finished my Anatomy & Physiology course and I realized that exercise helps reduce the risk of the majority of the health problems I was learning about. I also ate SO much junk food during finals, so I felt like my body needed some sort of detox. My first morning at home for the summer I went for a run by the beach. I was tired and it was tough but I made myself keep going a few times a week and eventually it turned into a habit.
Even though it was only a mile, I'll never forget how accomplished I felt the first time I pushed myself. I liked to run/ walk to switch it up and avoid boredom, but one day I wanted to see if I could do it. And I could! Then eventually I upped it to two miles and I felt invincible (gotta love those endorphins)! After I got back from break, I went running with my roommates and the time just flew by, I had so much fun!
I kept casually running, going just as long as my body was comfortable. My roommates and I did the Color Me Rad 5K (which was probably one of the best things I've ever done). I had also been reading Janae's blog and seeing her love for running just kinda rubbed off on me and inspired me to take the plunge! My roommates and I found a race near school that was fairly cheap (college students on a budget holla) and we all signed up before I could think twice or change my mind!
|Me, Julie & Becky: Before|
|Julie & Becky: During|
|Becky & I: After!!|
So here I am in the midst of week 4 of training and I'm really enjoying it!! On the schedule tomorrow is a 5 mile run (which may or may not be the farthest I've ran yet in my whole life...) so hopefully it will go continue to go well!! :)
Have you ever done a half marathon? A color run?