Run your First Half Marathon – I did it!
I believe that anyone can become a runner. Serious disabilities and preventatives aside, I believe that anyone with some willpower and desire to do something active, can and should become a runner.
From Brewer to Half Marathoner and Back
I brew beer. It’s what I love to do, and what I hope to do for a living. Brewing beer involves drinking beer, which generally has just a few calories. Looking at me casually, you wouldn’t think that I was extremely athletic, and I am definitely not skinny. The thing is, I just completed my first half marathon. It was one of the most physically taxing things I have ever done, but I finished, and I loved it.
I decided to become a runner about a year ago. I started slow; half a mile, a mile, on to two miles then three miles. Within nine months I had run my first ten miler. The first time I ran ten miles it was hard to describe the feeling as anything but euphoria. Yes I was tired, I was sore, and my feet hurt like crazy, but I was elated. The sense of accomplishment I felt was as strong as anything I had felt in quite a while.
While becoming a runner I wanted to do something to push myself, to give myself something to work toward. Like anything in life, you will become your best by giving yourself milestones to work towards and a timeline in which to get them done. Running events such as 5Ks, 10Ks and marathons (half or full), can give you something to work toward as you increase your mileage. This can help keep you on track as a runner. I used the Lake Minnetonka half marathon as a way to keep moving towards a concrete goal. Knowing that I was committed to running a half marathon in a few months kept me running every week, pushing up my mileage slowly but surely, in an effort to be prepared for the race.
Whether for health, hobby, or happiness, running is an activity that can help you stay fit, maintain a positive attitude, and become a large and beneficial part of your life. I originally ran to stay fit and work off those extra beer calories, but running is becoming a larger part of life than I ever expected it to.
I don’t claim to know much about running at this point, only that I never thought I would be able to run 5 miles continuously, much less 13.1. I do know that it has been a beneficial part of my life, and I know that I will keep pushing myself to run longer and harder. Maybe someday I will even run a full marathon. In any case, if I can do it, so can you.
Check out this list of half marathons in Minnesota for the rest of 2012.