A few months ago I decided to run the St Jude Half Marathon. I kept it pretty quiet at first, because, well, I wasn't actually sure I could complete a half marathon. But I had a training plan and I planned on at least trying it.
Then word slowly got out and the real runners I know got all excited and started inviting me into their running club events. Of course I want to be one of the cool kids so I bought myself a fancy running belt and crazy expensive socks. I definitely need new sneakers, but those will have to wait a bit longer until I save up some money.
I am about six weeks into training and I dare say I am actually enjoying it. My longest run so far has only been six miles, so there are still plenty of miles for me to regret this. But I'm getting a lot more confident that I will actually finish like this:
My broken foot isn't giving me too much trouble. I tape it up real good for the longer ones and that definitely helps.
Since I'm feeling a lot more confident now I am readjusting my goals:
- Complete adequate and appropriate training
- Stay injury free
- Stay motivated - this may end up being my biggest challenge. I just started a new full time job that requires about double the time I've been working, so fitting in training runs as well as cross training will be difficult.
- Finish the race in under four hours