This is way overdue!! This has been in draft form since early April. Been a super busy 2015 but really want to share my story below.
On January 1st of this year I started a run / walk program (as a result of my Jan – Mar travel schedule doing Market Reviews for work). Some of you know my LOVE of Running (or not) – I’ve been very vocal about how much I despise running!
I started off slow with a 2 minute run / 4 minute walk. By the end of January, I was up to 5 miles and in a training program for a Half Marathon (my first) (2 minute run / 1:30 walk). I think I finally signed up for the Philly Love Run on February 1st. I’ve progressed to 2 minutes run / 1:15 walk. There were 10K runners – I was #7389!
Sunday, March 29th was the 2nd Annual Philly Love Run at 8 am – it was a balmy (and windy) 27 degrees! The sun was shining and it wasn’t raining – bonus!!
I finished in 3 hours, 15 minutes. About 15 minutes behind where I wanted to be (the hills between mile 8 and 9 killed me! 🙂 – something to work on). Just as a I was getting to the Finish Line I heard the announcer say my name and that I was just about to complete my first 1/2 Marathon- it was awesome – I think it was right about then that I put my arms in the air as I started to cross the FINISH LINE! (and thank you to the ladies below and Todd for waiting for me to finish – it meant the world to me to have such a great support team!)
I’m happy to say I’m a Half Marathoner! And I would’ve never guessed in a million years I would say that (much less have completed one). It was such an inspirational day! I was running and walking with half marathoners – many who were a lot faster than me and some not – it was great seeing people pushing themselves to the limit both mentally and physically. Quite honestly it kept me going and I was in awe!
And a week or two ago, I signed up for the Philly LOVE Run for 2016 – April 10, 2016 – here I come!