Guest Post from Just Call Me Janks!

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!

pup photobomb

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.

after our first joint run

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.

smiling outside but frustrated inside

smiling outside but frustrated inside

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.

10K photo 1

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!

half training 2-11-14

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?

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6 Responses to Guest Post from Just Call Me Janks!

  1. Good for your for going for it! I find myself alternating between nervous and confident during my training. As always their are good days and bad. But when that race is over, I am most proud of my training and hard work. Don’t get me wrong, I love the medal and bragging rights of running a long race, but it’s the days leading up to it that make the entire event worthwhile. Best of luck on your race and try to ENJOY EVERY MILE!
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  2. Mary says:

    I am always on the fence about signing up for a race. I mean I like to run but meeting up for a race makes me really nervous/anxious feeling. Therefore, I have only participated in one. When I finished that 5k, I had so much fun! I was ready to sign up for the next. But I am currently thinking I can totally do a 10k! Now to find one near my house to sign up – maybe the Runners World series in October…. and the thought just signing up puts my stomach in knots! LOL
    Good luck with your half training! I look forward to seeing the recap!
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  3. Kim says:

    So exciting – fun to learn a little about your running journey!! I agree with you – mindset is a huge part of the battle and it sounds like you have that part pretty well covered. Good luck with your half training!!!
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  4. Good luck on your half marathon in May!!!! I’ll have to come and check out your blog:)
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  5. Kristen says:

    Good luck! I agree, it’s all mental! I just finished my first half marathon last weekend and I totally feel invincible right now – knowing I just did something that I wouldn’t have been able to do even 6 months ago makes me feel great! Good luck on your half and remember to stay positive during the race!
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  6. I ran my 7th half marathon last weekend. It’s a great distance. Have fun training!
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