Running Down a Dream

7.31.2012

I used to hate to run. I mean hate it. No matter what I did I just never felt like I could be a runner so I honestly quit trying.

But that all changed sometime in 2004 when I decided that I wanted to be runner. I started off really slow, usually about 4.5 mph and worked my way up. At first I could only run about a mile at a time but I did eventually get up to about 6 miles.

After that my love (and hate) for running was born. I have tried many different types of exercise, but for me running is the hardest and the most rewarding. I go through phases where I avoid running at all costs and then I go through other phases where all I want to do is run. I've never been particularly fast and the most I have ever run is 7 miles but I still like to think of myself as a runner.

Once I really started adding some distance to my runs, I began dreaming  running a half-marathon. The thought both terrified me and excited me all at the same time. To me it is just one of those accomplishments in life that I would be super proud of.

In 2009 I made the decision to follow my dream and I registered for my first half. It was the Myrtle Beach half marathon and it was scheduled for February 14, 2010. My friend Leeann and started training about 10 weeks out and we were determined to finish the race in less than 2 and a half hours.

A week before the race we went on our last long run. It started off okay but by the end my knee was just killing me. I didn't remember doing anything to it during the run but I knew that it was seriously messed up. By the next day I was practically limping and I really felt like my half-marathon dreams were done for! I did some research and found out that my injury was typical for runners who were adding distance and that it would probably bother me as long as I kept running. But throughout the week my knee started feeling a bit better and I was determined that I was going to run the race, no matter what!

That all changed on February 13th when we learned that the race was cancelled because of snow and ice! Say what? It rarely snows in Myrtle Beach so WHY did it have to snow on our race day? Even though the race was cancelled we saw several people out running the course on their own. We decided we weren't crazy enough to do that.

Unfortunately that was pretty much the end of my dream of running a half-marathon. My knee has been a little bit iffy after my injury and I haven't really been anywhere that I could run. So running has been put on the back burner for the most part.

But at the beginning of 2012 I set my yearly goals and one of them was to run a half-marathon. I've thought about it all year long but I have had serious doubts about actually doing it. What can I say? I'm a chicken! Even so, I just couldn't stop thinking about it. What's the point of setting goals if you are never going to even try to achieve them?

So this morning I did it. I registered for my very first half-marathon.  And it's THIS year!


I have 14 weeks from Friday to train, which should be plenty of time.

I plan on following Hal Higdon's novice training plan and I will officially start training on August 13th. Until then, I'll just do a few runs to get back into the groove of things.



I haven't quite decided if I'm just plain crazy but no matter what, I think it will be a fun challenge to finish up 2012. Here's to making dreams come true....


Mandy said...

Congratulations on registering for your 1st half marathon girl!!! You can totally do it and I am so happy for you! Good luck with your training and keep us posted on how it's going!! So proud of you!

Mandy said...

Oh yeah, where is it?!

Tammy said...

How exciting! I'm right there with you (but have never had the guts or the discipline to even attempt a 1/2), I hate running and avoid it...but secretly I'd love to be good at it. Can't wait to follow your progress and maybe even get my lazy self inspired ; )

Beth Ann said...

I know you can do it!!! Yay for you! Good luck!

Rachel and John said...

Good for you Tami!
I have always hated running too, but lately I want to give it a try again (after I have the baby). This gives me a little hope that I won't hate it this time!

Emily said...

Congrats! This is awesome for you! I know you can do it, and sounds like you've got your heart set on it too!

Anna & Kirby said...

Way to go Tami! I ran track in HS, but wasn't a distance runner. As I got older, I always had a desire to run a half marathon (crazy...). I feel like it would be very rewarding and help give me something to work towards. I'm super excited for you... you should post some updates on the training.

I thought you were going to say you signed up for the half marathon in Myrtle Beach (you know that's where I live, right?) and we could have ran it together ;) Maybe next time...

BlessedMama said...

That's awesome. You will do great :)

Megan said...

Tami this is sooo awesome!!!!! Congrats on registering!! Im hoping one day I have the courage to do this too!!! Cant wait to keep reading about your running journey!!!

Mateya said...

Tami that is awesome! You are going to do great! I sort of followed that same training plan when I ran my half last fall. The most I ran prior to the race was 10 miles and I felt very prepared!

I'm still considering running that half again in Sept. but I gotta get my butt in gear! It's so hard to find time to run now, I want to spend all my free time with Hayden :( Time is so precious!

I'm so excited for you!!!

Mallorie said...

YAY! You're going to LOVE it!!! I've done two and the last one I ran was right before I got pregnant. At first I thought I had run it preggers ;-)

I'm signed up for a 10K the weekend before EC's first birthday! It will be my first post-baby run! EEK!

Congratulations and good luck training!!!

Jeremy and Megan said...

Go you!!! =) Good luck with your training and marathon!!

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

Yay! Good for you girl! I have always wanted to be a runner but could never really get a good start. Maybe after this next baby I will give it a try. Maybe.

luvbnmom said...

That I awesome that you set goals an are going to do your best to achieve them. I hate running! I have never been fond of it. The last time I really ran, was when my fog took off down the street and I had to run and catch up with her, so she didn't get hit.......the next day I had chin splints! That just confirms that I am not supposed to run......lol. Good for you though! I am sure you will have a great time. Keep is posted on how training is going!

Rebekah said...

You're going to rock it Tami!! I want to do a half at some point in my life but for now I'll settle for a few miles :)

Marinewife1111 {Marcella} said...

way to keep up on your dreams and not give up! You are going to do awesome!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations on registering and being so motivated!
I can't wait to hear more!

the hanzlicek's said...

first time on your blog! way to go! i just ran my first half marathon in april...running another in october and i am already registered to run my first FULL marathon in february!! addicted to running now! always loved running but now it's something i love doing and look forward to each day!

Mrs. Mama said...

LOVE the new look!!!

allie-mac-fallie said...

I am so proud of you!! that is truly awesome!! I have always "wished" that I was a runner but have horrible side stitches and have never been able to run at. all. :( Way to go for putting your mind to it and signing up!! :)

Natalie said...

You can do it girl!

Leeann said...

:) this post made me smile! The snow was a downer but we ended up getting in a fabulous day of shopping ;) I think it was a fair trade. I'm so proud of you for giving it another go. I did the wounded warrior half in Jville last May and it wasn't near as bad as I thought it was going to be. You'll do great!!
When we get to NYC I'm planning to do girls on the run....and start a blog, thanks to you! So I'll keep you posted! Miss you girl! Wish I was doing this one with you too.
Leeann

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