commiting to half marathon

I'm officially registered for the Chicago half marathon---felt like I had to commit the $ if I was going to commit to the training---at least it will be flatter and warmer than Mississippi Blues half marathon in Jan (God, that was awful!).  Ran 4 miles today on the treadmill---hate the treadmill, but it's been too rainy to do anything else.  Hoping this second half marathon will get me ready for my first full marathon in December---Jeff promised the kids he'd run a marathon by age 50 and wasn't able to keep that promise.  I'm turning 45 in October, so I'm a little ahead of the game, but would rather do this now than 5 years from now.  This hasn't ever been a goal of mine, but I guess I want to make good on Jeff's promise, show the kids that I'm healthy and not going to leave them, and give myself a goal beyond managing to get up each day, breathe in and breathe out, and try to be an effective mom, teacher, clinician, etc.....this one is more for me.  I'm commited to making myself the best me I can be and leaving it up to God to figure out what happens from there.  Trust in God---that's what I keep telling myself.

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TimLovesMelissa
TimLovesMelissa

Hey, a fellow runner! I know you can do it, because I have. I\'ve run two half marathons, and I ran my first full in Dallas last December. That was an experience. Yes, it really helped in the commitment/motivation department by signing up. If I\'m out the money, I better follow through with it! If you would want to, I can share some training tips, and lessons that I learned. I have been battling an injury for several months, and have not been able to get back to running. It is really starting to bother me because my youngest son is going to go out for cross country this fall, and I want to train with him.

The best signs I remember seeing during the marathon: about mile 10 \"Remember, you paid money to do this to yourself\" and at about mile 22 \"6 months ago this seemed like a good idea!\"
pathoflife
pathoflife

I admire your goal and the reasons for it. God\'s piloting your craft! Run with the wings of angels. TJ
wannabebeachbum
wannabebeachbum

What a great image, TJ! I feel lighter on my feet already---thanks!

Tim- I responded to your message separately. Glad to have a fellow runner to commiserate with! Love the signs :-)
deleted_user
deleted_user

HI TJ, wow good for you! I hate the tread mill too, reminds me of a hamster on his wheel,..lol although, Im not a runner, I do exercise, daily, I have a routine, a pull up bar, sit ups. and i have this thing called a ab wheel, it has done wonders for my tummy! light wieghts,.. and mostly, I ride my bike,.. I have a speed opometer, on it, and I average 600 miles a summer,.. and here in Detroit, I only get 6-7 months of enjoyable riding weather,.. I just love to ride, like a FREE feeling, nothing to think about, except staying focused on the road,.. and pedaling,..!lol... hope you had a good weekend, today Im going to my brothers oldest daughters graduation party, his first to graduate! its wonderful out today,.. should be a great day! thinking of you, hoping for the best ever!!! your friend, Dave
wannabebeachbum
wannabebeachbum

Thanks, Dave. Weekend was ok. Went on a float trip with our church, but the water was actually too high and rapid to take the kids out, so it was more like camping an swimming in a pool, but good to get away from the cable tv and texting for a couple days. Celebrated my aunt\'s 90th birthday tonight. Hope you had a good weekend. CJ