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Eye on the Prize: Long Island Diva’s Half Marathon

Posted Jul 27 2010 9:10am

Staying on track from a food perspective has been tricky these past few months. And I plan on getting that back in order just as soon as I can. Today will be a good day. Tomorrow will be a good day. Then I’ll have VACATION. This weekend I head off to a family reunion, where I can pretty much be guaranteed I will overeat and overdrink. But it will be loads of fun, and I’m not planning to limit myself too much for the couple of days I will be away.

When we get home, that will be a different story. When we get home, I will be training for a half marathon that I found in my area that just looks like awesome fun. It’s called the Diva’s Half Marathon and you are greeted at the finish line with champagne and chocolate. Now if that’s not an incentive to finish a race, I don’t know what is!

I’m in the process of trying to get my sister to do this with me. I’ll be working on her at the reunion!

Like that sis? Now I’ve called you out in my blog… how can you say no? :-)

The thing is, while I’ve been having trouble reining in the food selections, I have been getting out on the road again to walk or run, or to the gym to swim at least 4 to 5 days a week now that I seem to have overcome the injuries (knock wood that I will be injury-free for the duration of my training). I find that on running days especially, I’m better able to control the food thing too.

I am not seeing any triathlons in my area far out enough in the fall to give me time for adequate training. There is one next week, but I’m not ready.

And I want to focus on the running. I’ve wanted to focus on running since I started running a year and a half ago now.

Half-marathon is on my wish list this year. And now I think I’ve found the Half I want to do.

When I was running this morning— just under 3 miles in less humid, cooler temperatures— I was thinking about how it would be to do this for a couple of hours. Even in short runs, there are ups and downs. But the key is that we get through the dips to go on and feel stronger again, even if it’s just for a short spurt. And of course, there is always walking when it’s needed.

My run this morning felt good. It felt comfortable. Would it feel that way for 13 miles? I doubt it. But if I train for this, in 9 weeks, it could feel that way for at least the majority of 13 miles. And I can then cross half marathon off my wish list and put it on my DONE list.

Of course, once those things come off the wish list, there are always bigger and better challenges to replace them.

Maybe next year’s wish list will include a full marathon. You never know.

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