Wecome to my blog! I am a 46 year old mom of a preschooler who is always trying to get in shape.
Seems like I have been a size 12 my whole life, though let me tell you, Size 12 is much bigger than they used to be.
I took up running in 1999 and completed the Atlanta 1/2 Marathon. I have never considered myself a runner and I am slow. I joined a Galloway training group and was introduced to the world of Interval running where you run some and walk some – to give you body recovery time. I finished that 1/2 and did another a few months later on Tybee Island and then I just stopped running – like Forrest Gump.
Fast forward to 2010 – I was in the Outdoor Fit bootcamp – great group by the way, and the trainer Chris asked me if I had ever thought of doing another 1/2. Well I told her I was not a runner, but darned if she didn’t plant a seed. When I ran years ago, I had signed up for the Disney 1/2 with my boyfriend at the time. Long story short, we broke up after the Atlanta 1/2 – Nice guy, just not THE ONE. I never ran that race, though they did mail me the shirt.
I heard about the Princess 1/2 Marathon in Orlando which ran through 2 of the parks and was a women focused race. In July of 2010 I decided to try again. This time I decided I really liked it. Sure I am slow, even some have questioned “How can you run that slow”…well its better than sitting on the sofa! Its my only time completely alone. I have my handy dandy IPOD with my interval reminders app and music – it tells me when to run and when to walk. I started out with Couch to 5K and realized I REALLY like walk breaks, I don’t need to run….
SO I trained and despite a bad case of Plantar Faciitis, I finished the Princess. My foot is finally feeling better so signed up for the race again in 2012.
This is my story of preparing for it an other road races…. of all lengths UNDER 13.1 miles…no desire for a full marathon here! And hoping to keep my feet healthy, which means I need to work on my body – core, legs, back, shoulders…its all connected.
I have enjoyed following others blogs so decided to give myself some accountability and share my journey. Lace up some sneakers and join me.
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