Saturday, January 26, 2008

Challenges!

So about a month and a half ago I was challenged by my dear friend Candace (who has always been the person in my life to push me to do things, don't worry Candace that is a good thing and something I appreciate a lot about you) to start training for a half marathon. She had recently ran one and was really excited about it. I decided what the heck, I will see what I can do. I have run in the past, mostly in college, but never have I considered myself an endurance runner. I played basketball in Junior High and High School, so I can sprint pretty easily, but long distance, I would often get bored.
So I started running and the first day ran 4 miles, well, I pushed myself a little too hard because about a week later my right knee was killing me. I could barely walk. I invested in some new shoes, iced my knee, took a little break and paced myself a little better. Now it has been about seven weeks and my knee feels much better. Two weeks ago I ran 6 miles at one time... today I ran 7. I have learned the art of listening to my body and this has become extremely important. I have learned I cannot run early in the morning, I have no motivation or endurance (plus I leave for work just after 6am so that would be really early if I wanted to run). So I run most afternoons when I get home from work, I don't allow myself to sit down, I just throw my running clothes on and I am out the door again. I have also learned that the first two miles are the worst and hardest for me. Once I am past the third mile I can run for a long time. It is all about finding my rythum. I run on average somewhere between 10-15 miles a week now.
So I wanted to take a moment to thank Candace for her challenge (in fact, her constant challenges, I actually do listen to all of them!) and for her encouragement along the way. I am not sure if I will actually run a half marathon in the near future, but I have found something I love and something that makes me feel great. I have more energy, I sleep better and overall feel happier(It may also have to do with the beautiful weather down here).
Maybe you would like to take up this challenge as well! Try it, my warning though is to start slow!
P.S. Recently I decided it would be fun to pick up the guitar again. I learned a few chords in high school. I got a few songs down pretty well this week. I will keep you updated on my progress!

1 comment:

  1. love ya Katie! so cool you are running so far now- i remember the days you would talk about running- long before i ever started. half-marathon or not, i think its cool you are taking the time to challenge yourself and now you are motivating me about picking up an instrument =).

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