Ever since I was a young girl, I have always been very competitive and have always loved a good challenge. When I took on running 3 years ago, I always did it just for me, and not to prove anything to anyone. It was always kind of nice to have a relaxed view of running and not feel competitive for once. I’ve done a couple races here and there, but never took it too seriously. Last year on Thanksgiving, I surprised myself with running a 5 mile race in 41 minutes. I felt great the whole time and actually loved the feeling of racing!
Lately, running has been boring me and I haven’t had the healthiest relationship with it. I do it just to do it, because I can’t imagine life without it. I don’t run with an ipod, so these past couple of weeks have made running torturous. I am consumed with terrible thoughts my entire run and almost lose my breath from anxiety. It hasn’t been fun.
So, what’s a girl to do in that situation? Challenge herself, man up, and sign up for a half marathon! You see, I have always wanted to run a half marathon, because I know I can do it, but I have never really had the motivation to do it. This is the perfect time for me to set a goal for myself and have fun with running. I am looking forward to having a training schedule and pushing myself hard. I have a goal to finish it in under 2 hours. For my first half marathon, that might be really hard to accomplish, but I would be so proud of myself if I could.
The race I want to run is in January, and it is in the beautiful Naples, Florida. My parents recently purchased a condo in Naples, so this race is perfect. It is the day after my birthday and 2 days before I go back to school. I don’t think I could ask for better timing!
I am excited to take you all along on my journey!