So after a year off from running and roller derby due to a knee injury and life getting in the way I’ve set myself a new goal. I AM going to run a half marathon this year! There I’ve said it and put in it writing. I can’t turn back now.
I haven’t always been the best at keeping fitness goals I set for myself so my thought is that by putting it out there for everyone to see I am forcing myself to stick with it this time. I know I need to make myself accountable but if the prospect of public embarrassment is what it takes I’ll do it.
I’m lucky enough to be married to my best friend for 20 years this summer and have tentatively booked a Disney cruise to celebrate but I hope to run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon while we are in Florida just before our cruise.
Well, now that I have a goal and a date it’s time to get started with the training plan and deal with my 2 biggest excuses.
Firstly, running for me (and many others) is a mental game as much or more than it is a physical game. In this game I have realized that it doesn’t take much to distract me from my runs so my husband came to my rescue and bought me a treadmill for Christmas. Why does this help? Because I get bored when I run and then the mind games start. On the treadmill I can put a movie in the DVD player and lose myself in the story while running. This means I don’t get bored and want to quit.
Secondly the treadmill is inside. I know this sounds silly, but to state the obvious, inside means warm. I truly dislike winter and since I live in Canada winter is long and cold. With the treadmill I don’t have the excuse that I can’t run because it’s too cold, dark and slippery to run outside.
Well now that I have those excuses defeated I have no reason not to train for a half marathon.
Wish me luck.