This afternoon I’m going to share my history with running but first…Lunch!
Lunch was leftover quinoa salad adapted from this recipe and a side of fresh raspberries. I used apple chicken sausage which is my absolute favorite! I didn’t have zucchini or parsley so I just left them out. I also used a lime instead of lemon and added mushrooms to the mix because I wanted to use them up. This dish was fresh and not too heavy and was great served hot and cold.
Now on to the main attraction.
When I think back to my childhood I remember loathing my father every Saturday morning because he forced my brother and I out of bed and made us run 3 or 4 miles. We weren’t regular runners, just Saturdays. Oh how I HATED those runs!
My grandfather was a marathon runner and even qualified and ran in the Boston Marathon. He died of colon cancer when I was a baby so I didn’t know him but one of the legacies he left behind was his passion for running. He wrote a memoir and in it there are countless pages and stories of his races and his love for running. My brother took up running about a year ago and is currently training for his second marathon.
Distance running is part of my heritage and I finally decided I want to be a part of it! I am going to run in my first ever half marathon on October 13. That is just 4 short weeks away and I am so excited about it. Running makes me feel healthy and strong. I love getting to the end of my planned run and feeling so accomplished and proud about doing something good for myself. My body is changing for the better and I have never had more energy. I never thought I would say this but; I love running!
I have come up with my own personal training plan for my half. I researched quite a few different training strategies and wrote out a plan that works for ME. I designed it to help me complete a half marathon while achieving overall health and fitness, not to have the fastest race time. It includes weight training, intervals, yoga, long runs on Saturdays and 1 full rest day.
I’m SO excited for my 1/2 marathon and will be sure to tell you all about it.
Have you run a long distance race? What is your advice for me?