This running thing started in July and has actually continued somewhat consistently. The farthest I’ve run is six miles, and I even participated in a marathon relay last year. The relay was brutal. Right before the holidays I found lots of excuses not to get up at 4:30am to run (and valid, reasonable excuses mind you, like it’s too cold and it’s always too early), and as a result, I really hadn’t run at all before the race. My leg was only 4.4 miles, which I somehow found myself walking throughout waaaayy too much. It was so bad that seventy-year-old men passed me (I’m serious) who had been running the entire marathon from the start and gave me encouraging words.
The main reason I’ve kept at this running thing was initially driven by my need to manage stress. My job calls for 24/7 email monitoring and the pace in CPG brand management has me weary, feisty and short-fused many days. After running with the below ladies for over a month, I was hooked in the community. Everyone is out there running for something: to get fit, stay fit, tone, lose, endure… and it’s inspiring.
This running thing can be expensive. When I started, I heard my run lead, Fe, mention “gear,” and I thought, what could I possibly need to go outside and simply run? Ha! For Christmas all I wanted was new running gear, especially for the cold. My running wardrobe and accessories currently includes Brooks shoes, compression socks, three pairs of thermal leggings and one cold gear top, one pair of capris with the pocket in the back for your car key, a few BGR t-shirts, two wonderful sports bras (seriously, I wear the Fiona by Moving Comfort and it is the best sports bra ever made. Period.), Under Armour hats, gloves, a headlight and a water bottle belt. The one thing missing from my collection is a Garmin Forerunner 110, which I may have mentioned wanting to Santa a few times.
So, what’s the next phase of this running thing? The group is headed to Little Rock in March and I actually signed up for the half. Did you read that?! I voluntarily signed up to run 13.1 miles with my own two feet. I have ten more weeks of training left. My goal is to run it in under two hours. We’ll see!