Let’s begin with story time!
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Brittany. Brittany really didn’t enjoy running very much. Back in her high school days, the infamous PACER fitness challenge that happened biannually sent shivers down her spine and put fear in her heart. Throughout college, Brittany began to incorporate some running into her (haphazard) workout routine. Slowly, she learned that she could actually run four whole feet without feeling as if she were dying!
Then 2012 came around. That year, Brittany decided to run a 5k. It was a random decision, but one that proved to be a very positive experience. First it was the training schedule. Training for the race taught Brittany to be disciplined and consistent about her cardio workouts. Then came the race itself. The race taught Brittany that hard work can help you to conquer things that you never thought you could conquer. It taught her that a healthy challenge can help you to grow as a person and show you what you’re really made of. It showed her how a well-executed race (such as the Color Vibe) can make the whole experience extremely memorable and meaningful.
Fast forward a few months…
Guess what I did today? I registered for my first ever half marathon!
It is a part of the “Rock’n’Roll” marathon series and I am extremely excited. I have heard very good things about this race series, evidently the environment is a lot of fun and the courses are generally pretty reasonable.
Mine will take place in the lovely hometown of the Steelers. The Mother Planet of Heinz Ketchup.
Even though I know it will be quite a challenge for me and that the training process will be quite a commitment, I am so, so excited.
After running the 3.1 miles of the 5k, I felt such a sense of accomplishment. That was the first and only time that I ever experienced the elusive “runner’s high,” and I felt like a million bucks. (Until the next day, that is.) I am hoping that this longer distance will also prove to be a very positive experience. It’s official now, I have registered and I can’t get a dime of my fee back! (In all honesty, despite the fact that the actual race is months away, my main impetus for signing up so early was to have a goal in the back of my mind. Something to work towards and something to inspire my health kick to continue throughout the year.) I am also hoping that having a specific training regimen to follow throughout the spring and summer will give me extra reason to stay active. Things are starting to get busier and I know that my life in the summer will be a tad chaotic, but having this race on my radar will give me an irrefutable reason to run.
This spring will bring yet another 5k, let’s hope this one goes as well as the last one did!
In my search for the photos that I included above, I stumbled across this little gem:
I suppose I am officially an idiot. 🙂
Have a great night and I will see you all tomorrow!