I'm training for my first half marathon this year. Yesterday, and for the first time ever I ran 8 miles. It was a HUGE accomplishment for me. As some of you know, three years ago I was almost 200 pounds, smoking a pack of cigarettes a day and downing about a bottle of wine EVERY night. I haven't given up my wine, but I drink a bottle over the course of a week now.
Back to the training, that is what this post is about. I am using a simple beginner run from www.marathonrookie.com I thought it was a little advanced for me, but so far Ive been crushing the goals. And the distances. And my knees.
But no pain, no gain. And my second favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Believe me, I repeated that verse several times on that first long run. Long runs take place every Sunday for me. I don't think that is coincidence. Next week is my 10 mile run, then it goes to 12 miles. I am looking forward to proving to myself I can do it. Because I know I can.
In the words of the late Navy Seal Jon Tumilson, also a marathoner, "Go Crush It." And make sure you check out his page at www.3minutesout.org