It started out innocently enough. I was just out trying to burn off some calories. No big deal, right? I guess somewhere along the way a bug bit me. I didn't even notice at first! I think it's one of those things like when you are shaving your legs with a sharp razor and you cut yourself but you don't know it until it starts bleeding. And then after you see the blood it starts to sting. You didn't even notice when the cut happened but then you see the effects. It was the same with my bug bite.
After burning some calories with my outdoor activities I felt great. I didn't realize that I had been bitten. I guess I would say that I started recognizing there was a problem last Sunday. I started to feel a little different. Hard to explain really. I felt confident and I was all like "I can do anything!" A few days later I was buying books on running half marathons. I knew then that the running bug had bitten me.
A while back Mizfit announced that she was going to run in the Disney Half Marathon. My first reaction was, "That's great! I wish I could do that." Then while increasing speed and distance with the C25K program I thought "There's no way I'd want to do a half marathon. Probably not even a 10k!"
Then two things happened at once. I ran a 5K (almost ran the whole darn thing) and several bloggers ran the Disney Half Marathon...on the same day! I got my super awesome tee shirt and they got a fancy, shiny medal made of solid gold. OK, I exaggerate. It looks like it's made of solid gold to me. It's some serious bling.
The 5K made me feel so good and happy and full of myself. Combine that with some medal envy and you have a bad case of running fever caused by the running bug.
And so (I can't believe I'm even saying this....my hands are sweaty and my heart's beating fast) I'm announcing that I am going to start training for a half marathon. Crazy, no? I plan to sign up for a Galloway Training Team in May and work with them. I think the run-walk-run is the only way that I will be able to finish at this point with a smile on my face and able to cross the finish line on my own two feet.
The plan is to run in the San Antonio Rock n Roll Half Marathon in November. If I don't feel that I am ready by the end of the summer then I will not register. At least my running will have improved by then!
It's scary thought. I hate to fail! I know no one likes to fail but I have a failing phobia. As in, I won't try some things at all if there is a chance I'll fail.
I've got two weeks of C25K left before I start "officially" training for the half. I did Week 8 Day 1 yesterday. It was 85 degrees when I finally got outside to run and the heat really does a number on you. I took things way slower, if that's even possible, and just took my time. I could feel each step and my legs are a little sore this morning. But I did 3 miles in the 38 minutes, which included 10 minutes of walking, so not too terribly bad. At least not for a penguin runner like me. :)
If you are planning to be at the SA RnR Half or full Marathon let me know. It would be great to meet some fellow bloggers there. Plus SA is so much fun to visit.
I'm off to tread where I dared not even imagined treading before. Any one want to try training for a half with me? Any one?