“Get your motor running…”

I really hate having to eat my words. I remember specifically saying, “Not only do I have no desire to run a marathon, I don’t even have any desire to run a half-marathon.” Then Sunday, Karyn drops a link on my Facebook wall to the Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon and Rex Healthcare Half Marathon, and confidently explains that we will have plenty of time to train for the half. You know, there was some doubt until I looked at the exchange on our wall. I agreed to it. What on earth was I thinking????

I not only have a lot of physical training to do, I have a LOT of mental training to do. I mean, seriously. I can run just a little over a mile, and that not even consistently. I can psych myself out and talk myself into quitting like nobody’s business. Yet I still have to come up with some way to stretch my endurance by 12 miles in the next 5 months. Oh, sure, I can walk that no problem, but the whole point of running is to actually run.

I’m going to need some serious motivation…

8 Responses to '“Get your motor running…”'

  1. Sounds great, and I’m looking forward to your training updates. Who knows, this could be the start of many marathons for you! Mental training is one of the first things I do each morning. I find it keeps me centered on whatever I’ve set up my “motivation list”.

    • DragonLady says:

      You know, after doing the bcrt run tonight, I feel like I could do a marathon….in 5 months. πŸ˜‰ Seriously, though, I had a fairly good run tonight even though I have no idea of my time after first mile, which was 11:30. πŸ™‚

  2. MacBros says:

    Ungh. Better you than me LOL! Good luck with that…..

    PS: refuse to click that play beutton.

    • DragonLady says:

      That’s what my mom said plus she added “I used to think you had some sense.” LOL!

      You know you want to play it…. :devil:

  3. Teeni says:

    Wow. I think it is great that you are committing to doing this. Actually, it sounds like a great time frame because you definitely gave yourself time to work up to it. I know you can do it and who cares if you do have to walk some of it or what your time would be, really? Finishing is an accomplishment in itself and the training part is all going to be good and healthy for you no matter what. Some people would give anything to be able to do this (not ME, mind you, LOL). But sometimes it just takes that extra push and to have a goal. Now you do – to work up to the half. And keeping songs like that on your mp3 player should help tremendously with keeping motivated. πŸ™‚

    • DragonLady says:

      I did my weekly club run Tuesday, and I felt so good after it I was convinced I can do this half marathon thing. And it took about 24 hours for the endorphins to wear off. I told Karyn last night that I lacked the motivation to run across the room if the building was on fire. LOL It is definitely challenging. I have NEVER been a runner, so it makes it a little harder to motivate myself. But I expect Karyn to keep me motivated & my hubby said he would like to do it too. I know Molly will be all over motivating me too especially since she’s the one who got me running in the first place. πŸ™‚ Plus, when I finally work up enough nerve to register, I’ll do it no matter what…like the 5k I ran/walked sick as a dog, and that was only $20. πŸ˜‰

  4. Teeni says:

    Wow. I didn’t know you did a race while you were sick. I admire you. And I’m so glad your hubby may join you for this upcoming one. That should help keep you motivated and it is nice to have some company for the run as well as for training. So many of the people I know have taken up running that I am feeling like a big old loser. Just don’t know if I have it in me. But I may give it a try. Maybe.

    • DragonLady says:

      I didn’t start voluntarily running until I was 41. I’m still kind of shocked that I have gotten into it. I still have the love/hate relationship with it, but the challenge aspect has gotten to me. And, yeah that whole running while I’m sick? I’ll do that if I pay a registration fee. πŸ˜‰