Calling all runners.
I have been fond of running for as long as I can remember. I 've run for distance, speed, and just plain 'ole fun. I have done 24 hour team marathons, 5k's, sprinting, and cross country.
This is my very own stinky running shoe.
Why am I sharing all this? Well, I'm back on the running horse!
Last year collectively was probably the most stressful year yet. We were house hunting, packing, moving, trying to figure out careers, being first year newlyweds, trying to make descisions about masters degrees, entering art shows, spending time with family, and that didn't leave a lot of time for much else.
This year is already a much different story!
I live in the happy dream castle, stress is at an all time low, I'm feeling more healthy (as we are eating better), and Mr. Happy and I keep finding new ways to enjoy mega simple things. It's heaven! And in my heaven, I run!
A friend of mine asked if I wanted to train for a half marathon. First reaction. That's a long run. Second reaction. If I did that, I'd be in really good shape. Third reaction. I'd really like to prove to myself that I could do something that seems that... well... hard. Fourth reaction. Let's do it! So, I am officially training for a half marathon coming up in March 2011 --t-minus 11 months to go. (I still have mega fears about the amount of snow that will be on the ground that time of year and how cold it will be, but one step at a time, right?)
A new goal, meant I could buy a motivator. I had some Kohls cash and decided to splurge it on some new running gear. I was specifically looking for water wicking stuff and a fitted sweatshirt I could use to kill the "it's too cold" excuse I muster up all too often. Here's a look at me in my new motivators!!
Here is what Day 1, pre run looked like. I'm smiling. I'm excited. I'm ready~
See what I mean. She saw my gear.. and most importantly my running shoes come out. Then I said the magic word.... RUN!?!!?
Day 1 felt good. I used MapMyRun and it looks like we went about 1 mile -- not including the bit that we played around on the lake beach. Yesterday was a day of rest. Today, I can feel those oh so familiar muscles meant for running screaming soreness. Also, screaming happy endorphins!!
I also decided to let the competitive side of me help keep me consistant. So, I have signed up to Run/Walk a Marathon in 30 days. A marathon is 26.2 miles. I decided I'm starting it today. No time like the present!
What exercise or moving do you use to keep you happy?
I think I can sneak my sneaker in as a Mid Week Blues entry. Hosted by the lovely Rebecca at the Dusty Cellar, click over there to see all the other cool entries too! (sneaky of me, right?)