Most of the time I have a pretty good head on my shoulders and for the most part I make smart choices. But when it comes down to signing up for long distance races all bets are off. All it takes is a little peer pressure, a dare, and the opportunity to earn some bragging rights to get me to throw my name into the ring. I always start with great intentions when I click the submit button and get my confirmation number.
I WILL train, I WILL lose Weight, I WILL be in shape.
Every time without fail, I always find myself completely unprepared. Usually 10 lbs heavier and in worse physical shape. I seem to forget that every ounce of my free time is devoted to the activities of my 3 active children. I also seem to forget that when something looks okay on paper that it doesn’t always translate in real life. I always complete the race, I am always in pain, miserable and I vow I WILL NEVER DO IT AGAIN.
This is my thought process:
My last half marathon back in June followed this exact cycle. Being quite over weight and not running a single mile before the race was painful (as it should have been!). I remember praying for death at mile 9 and swearing with every step I took. I was certain, this time I definitely was done and I vowed that I would never run another race untrained.
Well…Hello Moth, see that flame?
I just secured my spot in the 2019 Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in June. Without skipping a beat, I announced to the world that I am signed up and I will train. My friends and family know me pretty well!
My Facebook Post:
And then the comments from my buddies started coming in:
Then some more comments:
My husband’s reaction (if the picture isn’t worth 1000 words, There was a “Bitch please” and an eyeroll):
My friends and family know me pretty well but this time I am determined to prove them wrong (insert their groans here).
Here is my plan:
As you see from the timeline, I have quite a bit of time to train. I am starting slow by phasing in with the Couch to 5K plan. From there I will slowly add mileage. I have a treadmill to knockout miles when the weather is bad. I also have a extra driver to help with the schedule and I have this blog to keep me accountable. No excuses! I will be ready for June.
Now I just need to find my running shoes!