I haven't been sure how to start this, I feel like I need to get every detail in, but the only thing that does is make me not start! So, I'll go for a quick summary.
I'm 32, have never been a "runner", however I have always been active and worked out. I've done several 5k's over the past 2 years (always around 30min).
I've always adimired runners. I've always adimired people that can do things that most people can't or won't. I've always looked at a marathon and thought NEVER....until this year.
I'll spare you the details (for now), but I went through a situation with a friend of mine right around my 32nd birthday, and it wore me out....completely. It was stressful, painful, scarey, and exhausting. The thing is, it wasn't "about me", I was merely helping this person out when they were in a very bad place in their life. Eventually it took a toll on me and left me questioning everything about myself, somehow it rocked my confidence and left me low, to pick up the pieces on my own.
Sometimes to find yourself or "get yourself back" you need to push outside of your comfort zone. Show yourself how strong you are and exactly what you can do, prove that you are not broken. Well, at least this is the way my brain works. So, that is exactly what I did.
In May I signed up with Team in Training to do the Marine Corps Marathon on October 26 in Washington, DC. I've got a lot of training ahead of me, and a lot of miles to run, but I'm feeling good about it all.
Right now my "long runs" are working their way up week by week, mile by mile. This past Sunday was 5 miles, I did that in 52 minutes. Just to be clear on this, I rarely run the WHOLE time, I throw in some short walk breaks along the way and I'm sure that will continue all the way up through my training.
I hope that you'll check back for updates on this journey! Feel free to leave words of encouragement along the way!
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