Yesterday I started training for the Lululemon Seawheeze 1/2 marathon next summer. I figure now is just as good of time to start as any considering the weather is still perfectly crisp and over my dead body will I be just starting to train when the snow falls. Brr.
I started out pretty pumped up since I haven’t ran in a really long time. I used to run 8km about three days a week before I moved from Saskatchewan for university and then that ended as soon as I saw the hills in Kamloops. This prairie girl is not prepared for that. Anyhow, I decided I’m going to begin training with run a song-walk a song-run a song-walk a song- and so on. Frick, when did songs become so long?! Thankfully, my husband is training with me and though he looked like the Wii running characters in front of me while I constantly fell behind, he always stopped when I did and had a high-five waiting for me after each song.
I was pretty discouraged though considering I’ve been doing yoga and a full season of wedding planning must count for something right?! Guess not. It wasn’t long before my discouragement subsided and each wonderfully awful step came with a mental note of, don’t scold yourself for exercising. Step step. I will not scold myself for exercising. Step Step. I will not scold myself for exercising. Step step. I will not scold myself for not being in good enough shape while I’m exercising. Step step. That’s ridiculous. Step step.
An hour and 7.2km later we finished run/walking. Well it’s a start. Today is yoga day thankfully! But tomorrow means I’m back to running. I can’t wait to get back to comfortably running 8km without stopping. And eventually running the half marathon, though I doubt that will be overly “comfortable”. The point is, it’s a goal and I’m doing it. And I’m learning one yoga practice and one slow run at a time that it doesn’t matter how you do it, just do it. Get out there and start.
Do you have any goals you’re currently working on? Or any running song suggestions? I’d love to hear them!