Well, I was looking for a sign, and today it showed up.
I've been throwing around the idea of the Austin Half Marathon in my head now, since the weekend we moved here. But, I'm scared. There, of course, are a million reasons to be scared. A dozen more reasons to just say no. Here are a few:
I've never done a half marathon before.
I don't have the time to train.
I don't have a running stroller.
Could I even run/train with a baby in tow?
My knees aren't great.
It's too hot to train.
Training is too big of a commitment. Where will I find the time?
I hate running. Well, atleast I don't love it.
I'm still waking up with a baby 2x a night, where will I find the energy?!
It's 13.1 miles!!!!
But today I saw the sign. From September 5-8th 100% of registration costs and fees are being donated to Hurricane Relief in Texas. How could I pass that up? Even if I don't do the marathon, my $95 went straight to the gulf... (jk jk I signed up, I'll follow through!!!).
Race Day is Sunday, February 18th. I figure I have a good amount of time to prepare. But, prepare, I must. Now 6 1/2 postpartum I am not in good shape. Skinny, yes (thanks breastfeeding), but strong? NO. Weak weak weak (except my mom, guns, thanks little healthy growing Analise!). That is what I need to build. My strength, my stamina, my health.
So, here we go. What are your best tips for a first time half marathoner? Share with me your advice, training plans, and support!!
PS, Thanks for the push, Kevin :) I appreciate all your support now and that you'll give me in the coming months! I can do this!