Thursday, February 3, 2011

a little goal

One of the goals (that's a nicer word than resolution) I made for myself this year is...oh, can I even say it... I hesitate to say it because I don't know if it's something I even can accomplish but...I want to run a marathon this year.

I don't know what has possessed me to want to do this. I've never been a runner and I don't think I will ever love the sport. I don't like any form of exercise that's not completely disguised by something fun, like racquetball or snowboarding. So why would I ever like running? There's no way to hide running. It's pure, nothing-but-the-real-deal exercising.

But I think it would be really cool to put a marathon on my list of accomplishments. To say I have successfully run 26.2 miles is huge! I've always admired avid runners and I think it'd be admirable to count myself among them. I can't even imagine my body running for that long, but I know plenty of people who have done it so I guess that means if I want to put my mind to it I can do it too.

I have no idea how long it takes to train for such an endeavor or if I'm crazy to think I can just do it within a year. I started small, very small with just running a few minutes at a time and I'm working up to longer jaunts. I'm following this training program and I'm 5 weeks into it. Every time the distance increases I think "there's no way I'll be able to do that", but I somehow push through it each time and do it. It's a good feeling to finish a run!

So, if anyone has encouragement or advice, I'll take it. And when it comes time to run this little marathon how about everyone comes to cheer me on! Deal?

6 comments:

kristen kathleen said...

Wow! Lindsey - that is a fantastic goal! I admire anyone that can run even a mile, so 26.2 miles is absolutely amazing. I am not a runner, but tons of people here in our ward are, and lots of them have done marathons and half-marathons. I know you already have a schedule/training guide, but I looked over one that a friend talked about, and it looked good (but what do I know?). It info about half and full marathon training schedules. GOOD LUCK! We're cheering for you already. =)

http://www.halhigdon.com/halfmarathon/novice.htm

kristin said...

good for you, lindsey!! kenny will be so excited for you! good luck!

Chase and Leah said...

Wow I'm so impressed! Good luck, you can do it!!!

Anonymous said...

Linds! I'll totally run with you! My goal is to run a marathon after I graduate. I'm going to be taking a marathon training class at half semester and am pretty thrilled by the idea! It's an ambitious thing to do, but you can easily be a runner, look at you! :) Good job! I'm proud of you. Let me know if you need anything.

The biggest thing that helps me in running is listening to something that gets my mind off what I'm doing and remembering to focus on my breathing. Stretching before and after is also a very good idea and I tend to tense up my shoulders, so remember to keep everything loose is good, too.

Anyway, love you! :D So proud!

Whitney said...

Yay Lindsey! I think this is super impressive!

Sarah Hatch said...

You can do it Lindsey. I've run a few half marathons and if I can do that, you definitely could run a full one.