So as most of you probably already know I am currently in training to run a half marathon in February. Why, do you ask, would I decide to do such a thing and my answer is I am not quite sure. I am not a runner - or so I used to tell myself. After running 3 or 4 miles in Body Back and finishing the 5k with much better results than I expected, I apparently decided that I am now a runner. So why the half? I know several other Moms that will be running the race too and I am inspired by all of them. The final straw was actually watching last season of Biggest Loser where the final four run the marathon, if they can do that, I can run half that far!
And now comes the part where I admit that I have NO idea what I am doing. I have never been an athlete. Not to the degree that running requires. I am feeling ill equip for this challenge and it is quickly losing its appeal. I WILL continue to train and I WILL finish the race, even if I have to walk, but at this point I am not sure I will ever set such a high goal again. I am thinking a 5k or 10k sound great right about now. Last weekend was the tipping point. I tried my first 10 miler. I made the first 5 no problem. 6 was hard simply because I knew it was just the start of the turn home. And by 8 I thought I was going to fall over and die. My hips ached, I had stabbing pain in my ankles, shin splints, my chest was burning, and I never want to feel like that again. I made it home but cut the run short - 9.5 miles - and I was practically walking the last mile. I made it in the door and burst into tears. I was just worn out and feeling frustrated that I was going to fail this crazy goal I had set for myself. Add to that all the things that I never realized were going to be a problem. I have chaffing in odd places including my poor boobs which look like they have been through a war zone from all the bouncing in what I thought was a great bra. I have a rash all over my body from what I am assuming is being in sweaty clothes pretty much 24/7 these days. I am exhausted. I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning because my feet are stiff and sore. Today I can barely walk, can't bend over at all and feel like it is a first day of working out all over again after only 6 miles. But to be fair I was sore before I left on my run thanks to a good workout yesterday at Stroller Strides.
So now comes the plea. For all of you runners that follow this blog, I need advice and encouragement. What are the secrets to running that I don't know that will keep me going and allow me to finish this half marathon? What are the must have products, gizmos, and gadgets that I should not be running without? And how do I keep myself motivated to try not only that 10 miler again but keep going through 13.1?