Thursday, August 21, 2008

Before the beginning...

Does the world need another runner's blog? Probably not. But I don't always consider whether something is needed before I create it. At worst, it's superfluous. At best, it can encourage someone somewhere to eat better and get more fit. Maybe someone somewhere will be inspired to finish a 5k, 10k, 13.1, or... dare I say... even a 26.2 miler after reading this blog. Naaa. Probably not.

Why am I doing this? I used to HATE to run. Before this spring, I had never run more than 3 miles at any one time. And I hated everyone of those miles every time, too. I've been heard to say things like, "I'll never run unless someone is chasing me." One of my buddies got into running and entered a half marathon. When he told me what it cost, I told him to give me $75 and I'd give him a t-shirt and time him while he ran 13.1 miles. I just didn't get it.

But something has clicked. I have no idea how or why. But now I LOVE to run. I get frustrated if schedule or injury keeps me from running. I run on grass, roads, trails, tracks, and treadmills!

So what's this blog about? I've decided to train for the Rocket City Marathon in Huntsville on December 13, 2008. I'm going to tell the world (and myself) when I workout and when I slack. I'm sharing my training. Training doesn't start until August 24, so over the next few days, I'll give some of my background.

I do hope you enjoy. But more than that, I hope I enjoy. :)


Getting My Words Out said...

I started my "I'm-training-for-the-Rocket-City-marathon" blog about a month ago. I also posted about how I hated to run, and how I'm quickly becoming obsessed.

Thanks to Google, I found this, and ...let me tell you---maybe the world didn't need another running blog, but I did. I'm a very new beginner, and I'm soaking it all in.

I'm going back to the beginning of your blog...and I'm a talker, so I'll likely throw my 2 cents at you quite a bit. Feel free not to post my comments-won't hurt my feelings one tiny bit. I just wanted to let you know someone you don't know is more than just a little interested in what you have to say. (LOL, and in what you SAID --two years ago!!)

And, it's very inspiring.


Getting My Words Out said...

How pathetic that I had to go back to your first post to remind myself that you said before spring of 2008 you hadn't run more than 3 miles at one time.....

I don't think you're a good "measuring stick" for me, but can you tell me what those first runs were like for you?

I'm REALLY having a hard time.

I "still" can't run for 3 miles straight. I can't even do 5/1 intervals for 2 miles. I'm getting the distance "easy", but I think it's only because I'm not running the whole way.

(I promise I'm really not a stalker.)