|My Sea Wheeze Race Day outfit|
- Achieving a large, very intimidating physical goal is possible if you break it into tiny, easily achievable steps - it all started with just 60 seconds of running. The Couch to 5K training plan is a miracle worker as far as I'm concerned. It took an overweight woman - I believe the the race term is an 'Athena' ('plodder' is probably more accurate in my case) - in her late 40s and transformed her from a person who hated running into one who really likes it now and is signed up for two half marathons (the Disney World Half is next).
- Starting out slowly is the key - follow the plans and build the distance accordingly. It's probably worse since I'm overweight/older but it took a long while to get my joints/bones used to the stresses of running. It wasn't until about five months in that my various joints/muscles didn't feel sore after I was done. Also, as an engineer, I totally loved methodically checking off the boxes after each workout.
- Running through pain is not a good idea. It only prolongs the recovery.
- To make yourself stick with running, because you will need that in the in the beginning (at least I did), sign up for a race several months in advance. Post it on Facebook and if you have a blog, post it there. ;-) The thought of having to publicly admit you gave up will keep you going. For further motivation, make it a destination race so you really have to commit to going. (This is a bit tongue-in-cheek but it worked for me.)
- Miles run in training: ~ 300 (I ran for time in the beginning so had to estimate it but I've run 266.51 since I started tracking them in Map My Run)
- Pound Lost: 13
- Inches on the hips lost: ~2"
- $ spent on new equipment for running: ~$500 (includes sneakers, sunglasses, race belt, etc.)
- Favorite lulu tops for running: Swiftly tanks, SS, and LS