I want to run a half marathon. Yep, I am crazy. I am a 38 year old woman who wants to take up running. Why? Not entirely sure. But for some reason I have a bug up my butt that wants to run a half marathon. The Walt Disney Half Marathon to be exact.
Let’s back up a bit and see if I can figure out why. I am a stay at home mom to two beautiful boys. Two spunky, rambunctious, busy busy boys. G is 6 and in 1st grade and R is about to turn 3. My days consists of running my online web business and taking care of my boys. (Husband included). Not that I am complaining, I love that I am able to stay at home and do this. But what I think most people don’t realize is that sometimes working moms have it easier. I think stay at home moms put too much on their plate. They take care of everyone else, but not themselves. I take little time for myself. And, yes, I know that is my fault. I could and should take some Mommy time more often. Sure I get these 2 hours to myself while R takes a nap, (by the way, I was interrupted twice already while writing this to go tell R that, “yes, you really do need to take a nap so please lay back down”), but I want something more.
I “think” I can get that by running. I have heard of this “runner’s high”, some state of euphoria while running. I want that feeling. I want to be able to lace up my shoes and get out there with my iPod and just go. Get into a zone where everything else fades away and its just me and… well, the world. Yes, that may sound cliche, but I know it exists. I have running friends who tell me so.
I also want to get healthy. I say healthy, not lose weight. I am so tired of the yo-yo dieting that I have been doing for the past 10 years of my life. I can gain and drop 10-15 pounds easily! Seriously, I can. Weight Watchers is my summer friend! When I want to drop those 10 pounds.. go on WW. BAM, they come off. But they always come back. Now, I just want to get healthy and I know all the other benefits will come with that.
SO, my goal? My small goals are to complete a 5K, and then a 10K, but my big goal is…. I am going to run the 2011 Disney 1/2 Marathon! There, I put it out there. I told the whole Facebook nation, so now I have to do it! I have a year to train for it and I know I CAN do it.
I am going to start slow… very.. slow. I am going to begin with the Couch to 5K Program. Basically this program gets you off the couch to being able to run a 5K in 9 weeks. I know my body is not use to running, and from advice of some great friends, slow and steady will get me there.
So here I am… with the goal of running a 1/2 marathon in 11 months. Let the journey begin. Oh, and BTW, R never took that nap, he’s still up there talking away.. looks like Mama only gets a few more minutes to herself.