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..