Yesterday, I ran my first 1/2 marathon! It was a first for several things: The first time I ever ran 13.1 miles. The first time I've used an iPod. The first time I've eaten some nasty goo-like product. The first time my quads have ever been this sore! ;-)
It was the Run Like Hell event benefiting p:ear. Options included a 5K, 10K, half Marathon run or walk, and some kid runs.
Honestly, I've never really been into organized runs, but this event may have changed my mind. There was something motivating to run with thousands of other people — many in costume — climbing hills, thanking the awesome volunteers along the route who passed out water or just cheered us on. My husband Corey and our friend Martrese came out to be my cheerleaders and sherpas along the route, which was very sweet and appreciated. Corey originally got me into running, and Martrese is my Marathon Goddess. Seems like she's running a race every month.
The iPod helped, too. I always run sans ear buds, but thanks to DJ Corey, my playlist pumped me up and kept me, well, running!
I didn't train as much as I should have, but it must have been just enough to carry me to the finish line. The lack of adequate training is probably why my quads are sore, though. Plus, running uphill for 4-5 miles will do that.
In preparation, I set weekly training goals to keep me progressing. And you can, too. Maybe a half marathon is not your aim, but whatever it is, set small attainable goals focused toward a longer term one. (For me, the long-term goal was to be ready to run 13.1 miles on race day. My small weekly goals included regular runs that got a bit longer each week.) You just have to stick to it. And if you fall off, climb right back on — keep your eye on the donut, not the hole! Good luck and let me know how you do...