I have finally done it...taken the plunge. This week, after months of thinking about it, talking about it, dreaming about it, I finally did it. I started running again. I know what you’re thinking....what’s the big deal? People run every day...what makes you so special? It’s special to me because after a foot injury last year I haven’t run for almost a year and I have missed it. I loved running once I got into it, and that’s the problem. I didn’t want to start at square one again. How ridiculous is that. Don’t start because you can’t do what you want immediately. It’s embarrassing to even admit just how foolish I have been. But that’s all behind me now, becauseI am back on track. After the first run, I realized that just because I have to start the Couch to 5K program again, doesn’t mean I won’t love it. Yes, it was hard, but it was also rewarding. No, I couldn’t run for 30 minutes straight, and I won’t be able to for a while, but I felt GOOD! I have been walking every morning for months now and I feel great. It’s a wonderful way to start your day. The days after I have run, it’s hard to describe, but I felt even better, refreshed, and proud. Proud that I am finally taking the step I have been dreaming about for so long. I can already feel myself improving and I’m looking forward to the future!
You see, it’s not just running that I have been dreaming about. I want to run a half-marathon. I want to push myself to do something physical, step out of my boundaries, and get healthier. I stumbled across a little something called RunDisney...oh yes, you’ve seen it too have you? J After reading race reports from these sites, www.disboards.com and www.runningoftheears.com and watching You Tube videos of all these amazing athletes I was inspired.
So, I stepped out on a limb a few months ago, I booked myself in to the Disneyland Tinkerbell Half Marathon. There it is, my big secret, and the reason why I have been so mortified that I hadn’t started running before now. I have a deadline to meet! The Tinkerbell Half Marathon is January 19, 2013. Even now as I type, I have a giant grin plastered across my face and am getting twitchy to get out and run again. I have no dreams of grandeur for this race...I will PR simply because it will be my first half-marathon and I’m sure that 95% of the runners there will finish before me. I want to participate, I want to be there, feel the energy of the crowd and accomplish this.
Question of the day: Have you ever run Disney?