OK before you think I have totally last my mind....that should read "half-marathon" which is not nearly as cool but at least attainable. If you would have told me six months ago that I would be paying money to run 13.1 miles I would have laughed at you.
I have not updated the blog on my running progress because honestly I thought I could not keep it up and did not want to admit that. But I finished the Couch to 5K program four weeks ago (with all the boxes checked off) and moved onto higher mileage. The other thing that has pushed me is my new running partner. It is so much easier to get out of bed early when you know someone is waiting for you. It also helps that your running partner has completed a full marathon and you don't want to look weak in front of her so you push yourself to the point of feeling like you are going to puke. Not that it has happened to me:). If I was on my own on the short runs during the week, I so would have stayed in bed and would have starting walking wayyyy before the puking point.
I told myself that if I could successfully run five miles last week then I would consider signing up for the half. Well I did that on Sunday and even felt like I could have gone farther. So with my friend Sarah's urging, I decided to take the plunge. Barring injury I will be running 13.1 miles in October. I decided that even if I have to walk it Biggest Loser style that I am going to be able to do it.
This is not to say that I am converted to running. The girl who hated P.E. with a passion is still in there. My Achilles is aching and while I am strangely looking forward to running 6 miles this weekend, I looked at every bike that passed me while I was jogging last weekend with jealousy. Also that whole "going back to work thing" might put I slight crimp in my time for training. So we will see what the next weeks hold and how I continue in my training. But since I committed I have no choice but to keep going. Especially now that I admitted it here......wow I really am crazy.