My journey started in January. My goal was to “do” (whatever that meant…maybe run/walk/cry at some point) the Cooper River Bridge Run, a 10K. The commitment was easy because I simply had to drive across town. Honestly, I don’t think I really knew what I was committing to. However, I’m competitive and all about setting goals, so that was it.
In January, I quickly worked up to consistently running four miles, four days a week for the months of January, February and March.
The Bridge Run was March 31st. The most difficult part was the incline leading onto the bridge. I slowed up, walked a bit, then started running again. I finished the race in 1:06:41. A little disappointed that I didn’t finish in under and hour (my goal), but I quickly reminded myself that I only started running in early January! I’m proud of my accomplishment.
Next on the race schedule was a 5K Mother’s Day weekend: The Moms Run. Then I discovered the iFiveK on April 19th in the evening in downtown Charleston. Without giving it any thought, I signed up, showed up, and finished in 28:55, meeting my goal of finishing in under 30 minutes. (I’ll keep you posted on the Mother’s Day weekend run).
Truly getting that, for me, running is more than logging miles, I began thinking about how I could further challenge myself. If I could “train” for just three months and run a 10K, then if I gave myself six months, surely I could run a Half Marathon. And there it was: A reason to set this new goal.
More to come…
I’m tracking my workouts on The Daily Mile.