Good morning everyone!
So today starts something very new for me that is exciting and a little scary! I am starting to train for a 1/2 marathon and in doing so I will be posting updates to hold myself accountable for my progress. I not only want to be accountable to myself but to you all as well!
And please, if any of you have advice for training let me know in the comments sections! Advice is WELCOME!!!
My running story:
I have been a runner ever since elementary school at Sacred Heart of Jesus. My dad and another fellow dad of a student coached our cross country team. From that moment I was completely hooked. I ran from elementary school through my senior year of high school. My dad would train me me by driving along side me as I was running. He was instrumental in my running. I broke a few records and was excelling but then things came to a halt the summer before my sophomore of high school. I cheered my freshman year much to my dad’s dismay. He said more than once that I would ruin my knee cheer-leading but I loved it so much that I just ignored his warnings. I was trying out for the cheer-leading squad the summer before my sophomore year and completely blew out my left knee. Total reconstruction with screws and all holding my knee together. It was a total blow to my athleticism. Coming back after that was not easy. I was used to being fast and now I was slow. A friend’s mom used to call me rabbit and the one day she called me turtle… 😦 Eventually I rallied my spirits and ran track and cross- country again however my confidence never truly returned. I had a really great coach Ms. Nolan. I remember one day as we were running out on the track her telling me to leave the pack. She knew I had what it took to break out and set the pace. So I did. But my confidence would fade again and I would stick with the group. That is pretty much how I rounded out my high school running career. Sad I know! I even had a college recruiter call me. But stupid me was so honest that when they mentioned my fasted mile time I told them I hadn’t run that in a couple of years! Sometimes, as my dad says, I volunteer too much information.
My love of running never faded and over the years I have ran on and off.
A few years ago I trained with my friend Anna for the Towpath 1/2 marathon in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. We trained hard up until the week of the race. That same week I went to register only to be turned away as it was SOLD OUT! All my hard work and dedication….gone. So I went with Anna and her boyfriend at the time, to cheer her on and congratulate her at the finish line. I was sooo bummed but also excited to cheer on my friend!
Now I want to train right and eat right so I can run the Grand Teton 1/2 marathon in Jackson, WY! Currently I am battling a little bout of shin splints. So I am learning HOW to train and learning to slow down instead of doing too much too soon. My sister’s friend Megan suggested that I blog about my progress and everything that goes with it. So thanks to Megan for being the catalyst in this! Also Megan is quite the runner herself so I may ask her to do a guest blog post so she can talk about her training 😀
So thanks in advance for all the support and advice!
“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow