So Claire talked me into running a half marathon with her. I signed up, paid the 90$ to register, and got myself a few pairs of good running socks...
If you know me, you know that I am somewhat of a free spirit. I don't like being told what to do and when to do it, but if I am going to be anywhere NEAR running a half in November, I gotta put the pedal to the metal. In the past, I ran a few 5Ks and got on some training kicks that started with good intentions but ended after a few weeks of commitment.
Honestly, I don't really like running that much. I get bored, I tire out, and I always end up with some weird pain after a week of running. There always seems to be blisters, shin splints, and sore ankles. If my thighs were made of wood, I would set fire to the entire road the way they rub together during my runs. Oh yeah, and the head game that goes on is really special.
"Do I run weird like that guy we saw as we were driving the other day?"
"Do I look fit in these workout clothes?"
"Do my arms jiggle?"
"Is it normal to feel out of breath at this point in the run?"
"Are those people laughing at the way I'm running?"
"How did that girl already pass me? She was really far behind a minute ago."
But here I am, committing to run my first half marathon 4 hours aways from home. Why? Because I want to prove to myself that I can do it. That I can really stick with it and stay disciplined enough to train my body to make it for 13.1 miles. I also want to feel good about myself. Sure, I have put on the pounds since the skinny days of my twenties but more than that, I want to just feel strong and like I am working towards something big.
I remember the days when I ran cross country in high school, and my dad used to run alongside me to help me train. I loved those evenings of him quietly counting his steps beside me as we jogged around the neighborhood. Maybe I am also doing it for that.
To get myself jazzed for this little situation I've put myself in, I picked out some good running gear.
The Brooks Launch 3 are a great lightweight running shoe that have a good amount of padding. I really do get shin splints pretty easily, and I just switched to these. So far, so good.
I have the worst feet in America. I blister just about every time I run or hike. It can put me out of good training for a couple of weeks when it happens. I switched to these Smartwool socks and the high back really helps my most troublesome spot for blistering.
This Lululemon top is breathable and super comfortable. I especially like it on those 90 degree days.
I'm not joking about the thighs. The struggle is real. I don't know how women can stand to run in baggies, because I really need something to schlepp it all in. In the winter, leggings do the trick, but on these hot summer days, I need shorts that keep it all it in there. I love these Under Armor compression shorts.
I cannot wear those cute headbands that are supposed to keep sweat off the forehead. They just slip right off my oddly shaped noggin. I opt for a tight fitting cap like this one from Patagonia.
Well, there it is. Now that I have posted this on the blog, there is really no turning back. I will try to put updates on our Instagram so you can see how I am fairing on my running journey.