I have been walking and attempting to run for years, but really set out do it regularly when I started the Belly Fat Cure 14 months ago. My walks turned more and more into runs (first only the downhills sections, then parts of the flat, then all the flat, then finally the hills. Argh, the hills). I didn't add distance, I just added more running, instead of hiking, to what I already did. I was a very sedentary person before, never been a gym rat or enjoyed cardio.
I am not really sure about my motivation for completing a Half Marathon. I know I'm NOT doing it to lose weight or get in shape. I can do both of those things with the BFC and a lot less running. I think one day I just realized I COULD DO THIS. I am not a competitive person, but lately I like the idea of challenging myself and seeing what my body can do. After a good run, I can feel that my body really did something (true exhaustion from exertion), and feel proud. I followed Hal Higdon's Half Marathon Training schedule for Intermediates, pretty much to the T for the last 10 weeks. I went out and put my miles in, whether I felt like it or not. I wanted to do the work and really training, instead of just going out and killing myself on race day.
Here's my gear... turns out running long distance is as much about the gear as it is your ability!
- I run with my Nexus One Android Phone for music and mileage tracking. It lets me know my pace every half mile and brilliantly keeps track of all my training miles. (I recommend CardioTrainer, its free)
- I strap it to my arm with a Belkin armband.
- I purchased a new pair of Brooks Glycerin 8s when I decided on this and realized I should have gotten new running shoes a year before. Man, they made a HUGE difference in my knees and hips. And they're pretty.
- My LuluLemon jogbra has been a lifesaver, but on my last two long training runs it rubbed my skin until I bled through my shirt. Not good at all, I think I need a smaller cup size now is the problem. But I don't want anything new on race day.
- I use a hat for sun protection and to keep my gaze strictly on the road, otherwise I get freaked out by hills and how far I have to go. (Eyes on the road Amber, eyes on the road)
- Weather is supposed to be 65, I will wear a sleeveless top and long tights or shorts (all from Target and well worn).
- I bought these special long distance running socks that don't wrinkle or rub, and I LOVE them. They have cushions on all the right places too.
- Music - This is the key for me! A great song changes EVERYTHING in the moment. I've been loading up on new music all week.
Do you have a big goal in mind? Has losing weight made you realize you can do things you never dreamed before? I'd love to hear it!