Hi everyone! I’m Jess – blogger at Just Call Me Janks, lover of barre, wine, and running as well as a wife and puppy mom. Happy to meet you and thanks to Laura for letting me guest post today!
I recently made a big decision: I’m seriously challenging myself and running my first half marathon. The decision is not one that I made lightly. In fact, if you would have told me a year ago that I would be doing this I probably would have laughed in your face. Me? Run? Only if I’m being chased!
It all started last spring when my husband (who I lovingly refer to as the JA) decided to try running. I ran a bit in the past and rashly decided that it wasn’t for me. “What can you lose by trying again?” said a small voice in my head. We used a Couch to 5K program and were on our way.
I set my sights on completing a 5K in June. There was a training group run by a local store here in Baltimore and I nervously signed myself up to participate. It was a great experience for me and I highly recommend it as a way to meet new people while also bettering your fitness level. (To read more about my experience, click here.) Race day came and I had a textbook-perfect race: great weather, wonderful organization and crowd support, negative splits…and then one small thought entered my head, “You’re going too fast.” I let it get the best of me, slowed down to a walk, and came away disappointed.
A few (more successful) 5Ks later, another small thought came upon me: “Why not try a 10K?” Training by myself, I completed those 6.2 miles in 26-degree weather (not including wind chill). Finishing that race had me on cloud nine and left me feeling that if I could do that, I could do anything.
Then winter came. A few weeks into December I thought, “Well, a 10K is almost half of a half marathon.” The idea stuck. And simmered. And grew. I waffled back and forth on whether or not to do it. I couldn’t find a good enough reason not to try it. My first half marathon will be completed Sunday, May 4, 2014. I’m excited (and nervous) to be on this journey and can’t wait to see what happens along the way!
As with many things, mindset is crucial. We are often our own worst enemies and harshest critics. We can also be our biggest champions and loudest cheerleaders. So let’s work to shut out those voices that try to tear us down and focus on the ones that lift us up, shall we?