A little over a month ago I decided it was time to knock something off my bucket list. Sounds simple, right? Well, lemme tellya what that bucket list item is.
I’m training to run a half marathon.
You read that right…
I. Am. Training. To. RUN. A. Half. Marathon.
Sure, some of you will read that and think, “Ok…So what’s the big deal?”
First of all, I’ve never even walked 13.1 miles straight in my life. The closest would be the one (and only) time I did a 10 mile hike that involved plenty of photo opps and a lunch break.
Second, I am NOT a runner. A couple years ago I decided I needed to get in better shape and managed to run a 5k. That was the one and only time I have ever ran 3 miles in my life (prior to this journey). I got to where I could run a couple miles and not die, but that’s about it.
Last Summer, when we lived in Colorado, I decided to try again and made it to 2 miles (I think), but again, it didn’t last.
Back in June my best friend told me she wanted to run her second half marathon next year in Disney. I’ll be honest, Miles and I had toyed with the idea of starting to try for a family around the beginning of 2019, but with Zika still a problem, us being in Mexico for the wedding celebration, and the serious mosquito issue we have with our current residence, we thought it might be better to wait. Plus, getting my body in shape for the wedding and eventually to (hopefully) carry another life into this world AND check something off my bucket list??? I decided there was no better time than the present!
But is it possible?
I don’t know.
This blog post is coming out 5 weeks after committing to my decision because I spent my first few runs thinking that maybe I was not capable of running a half marathon. In fact, I am still quite unsure if I’ll make it to the finish line, but that’s a huge contributing factor to WHY I’m doing this. I don’t think I can, which is all the more reason to do it so I can prove myself wrong.
I’ve heard people talk about running for distance and always thought they were crazy. Why the heck would anyone voluntarily run over a mile? Let alone 13?? Or worse, 26?!
Part of me wanted to go through this journey so that I could understand what the whole hype was about. I mean, my whole “Glitter Glasses Journey” is about changing my perspective, so why not give it a chance? Take a run in their shoes?
The other part of me knew I needed a challenge. Being more settled in one place is new to Miles and me. Knowing that we are supposed to stay here over 2 years has been a strange feeling to adjust to. I needed something to work towards that was out of my comfort zone. Hello half marathon.
Now, I told you that this was a bucket list item for me, but honestly, I’ve been so afraid of this one (both fear of having to do it AND fear of failure) that I’ve never even written it down. In the past I’ve said things like, “The only way I would ever consider running a half marathon is if it were the Disney Princess half”, and guess what… The bestie unknowingly dropped that right in my lap. It just felt like a the stars were aligning and reminding me that there is no time like the present. This morning, this dream started morphing into a reality as I hit “register”. I can’t help but sing to myself…
“I’ll be there someday, I can go the distance
I will find my way if I can be strong
I know every mile would be worth my while
When I go the distance, I’ll be right where I belong”
Oh! And I almost left out one of the biggest pieces of this buckets list puzzle! Miles has often told me how much he doesn’t care for running. He would rather hike..or ski (insert eye roll). When I told him I was going to do this, he automatically assumed that we would do it together. I about cried! Is this what it’s like to have a true partner or teammate in life? They want you to succeed so they run your journey with you? Literally? I didn’t even have to ask him to join me. He just knew if it was that important to me, then he wanted to be a part of it! Needless to say, my heart melted. It’s definitely helped keep me from quitting knowing he’s by my side pushing me… Even if his legs are longer so he goes faster… haha.
If you’d like to follow my journey, or if you enjoy seeing people sweat and talk out of breath or whine, I’ve decided to vlog my journey to the half. In the 5 weeks I’ve been running, I’ve already learned a lot! Not all my videos will be positive and motivational, but that’s real life. The struggle is what makes the success so much sweeter!