6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Why did I run a half Marathon?

Everyone has a story about what got them running. To fully understand my half marathon journey (and eventually Marathon) I should explain mine. This time last year I was 45 pounds heavier trying to shed the baby weight, while transitioning back to work, and sleep deprived with a 4 month old son. My story is not unique; there are many mothers who long to have their old body back.

So when I got back to work I asked my fitter/leaner co-workers if I could run with them, they humored me. I tried to keep up while I huffed and puffed. My legs ached, my lungs burned, my thighs…well you get the idea. I made progress slowly and signed up to run the Race for the Cure 5K. This race was humbling and encouraging. My time 29:33, which is just less than 10 minute miles, my co-worker Cela slowed her pace and stayed with me, she was the reason that I did not walk.

I kept with it and gradually increased my distance and speed. The pounds started to drop off and people noticed. Raegan, a mother and wonderful lady who works in my building, wondered what I had been doing to lose the weight and wanted to join me on my runs. We were a little miss-matched but had a GREAT time on the run together. I told her early on that I had always wanted to run a ½ Marathon, she had the same goal. So we sign up for the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll ½ Marathon. Unfortunately Raegan has been plagued with injuries and is sidelined.

My body has responded to my training so I opted to run a ½ Marathon a month earlier than expected. I found the Capital City ½ Marathon which was local and fit in our budget, it was my Mother’s Day present, ironic since having kiddos was what sparked my running habit.

Sooooo now that you have the full back story….next is my race report..

STRUGGLED to finish a 5K in June 2008

9 comments:

tfh said...

I'm still in suspense! But I love the way you're doing this-- I think it is SO cool to share where you started before telling us about how you ROCKED your 1/2. Because I know you did. :)

Rookie on the Run said...

It's great to learn the history of your running! You sure have come a long way since your first 5K. You've worked hard, stayed dedicated, and now you are reaping the rewards of that! I can't wait to read your race report! :D

JTC said...

You look great! Did you follow a specific training plan for the 1/2 or do your own plan? I am trying to train for a 1/2 in San Francisco at the end of July. Hoping my knee does not blow out on the hills. I am looking forward to your race report.

RunToFinish said...

i love people's running stories!!! we all have our reasons for getting started...um hello weight loss,but then it sucks us in and we love it!

Jill Ellingson said...

Oh my gosh Mel I can't believe how different you look in that picture! I hope you don't take that the wrong way, but seeing a picture a year ago and now...you are AMAZING and look incredable! WAY TO GO! Such an encouragment! You have worked so hard and it has more than paid off!

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Mel I had no idea you came from a place like that! So inspiring! I'm about where you are when you started now. I need to lose another 45 lbs, and still struggle not to walk. It's so great to read about how far you've come.

I'm inspired anew!

Sarah Jane said...

THANK YOU for posting this. I am in the same place now that you were last year. The Race for the Cure is in 1 month. I'm signed up for a 1/2 in Nov. I'm struggling with motivation, but your posts always inspire me!

Jaime (@ fearfully and wonderfully made) said...

i'm not completely sure how i came across you blog... but thanks for this post. i just started the couch to 5k training 4 weeks ago... partly to lose some weight and partly because i've only walked 2 half-marathons and i actually want to RUN one. thanks for showing that i will too be able to run! *okay, i'm off to read much more of your blog.

Q said...

Love your blog. I just started running in September, and Santa Runs Tacoma was my first 5k. Like you I struggled a bit and I'm not as fast as you, but I'm determined to "keep moving forward"! My first 1/2 marathon is Capitol City in May - thanks for the inspiration!