I asked her to share a few words about the process with you guys so you could celebrate with us and hopefully gain some inspiration yourselves
I "fake trained" my way to 13.1 miles -- honestly. With the help of some expert running friends and the internet, I found a good training program for the half marathon. I started off so motivated! The fall weather was nice and 3 miles in my neighborhood seemed easy, even with the two monster hills!
I love it! I came to work Monday and got the rundown of the race from my co-worker, Kim, as well. She also ran her first half-marathon Sunday! Reading Keyani's words and hearing Kim's fun stories got me super excited for the fall race season. I'm actually considering only training for halfs this fall -- just because I don't know that I want to fully commit to full marathon training. To be seen...
Actually, all day I had been stalking my friends who were running the half on social media. I was returning from Florida so I didn't get to run but boy was I was jealous! The weather was great, and I've been told Nike did a fantastic job putting together an uber organized race with plenty of water stops, food, great t-shirts and of course those coveted Tiffany necklaces at the end.
When I saw that Anne had run yet another PR (she's been knocking them out lately), I felt so motivated to PR my next half-marathon. I have never trained to race a half -- only fulls. With a half PR of 1:51 now (that's w/o training!), I feel like I could easily crush 1:45 or less with the right training.
I actually was so motivated that I wanted to see how fast I could go on the treadmill for an extended period of time. I clocked three miles at 7:30 on Sunday and it was rough. But...I figure, if I keep doing that occasionally, eventually 7:30 miles won't feel quite as hard and I go longer.
Anyway, I was reminded again today of the beautiful, motivating spirit of running and all that crossing that finish line represents in our lives.
Ever experience "victory" in a race through someone else?