So, I’m not really sure how it happened, it really did happen so fast…

For the past couple of years I have been saying, “This will be the year!” But shortly after, the excuses ensued, and I convinced myself that I am not ready, I’m not in great shape, my knees hurt, I don’t have time, or maybe next year will be better?

Not sure what made this year so different. I have a feeling it had something to do with the great running routine I had this summer while I was back home. That runner’s high will get ya…

Either way, on August 13, 2013, I came home from work with my head held high and the look of determination! I walked through my apt door with a mission…I was signing up for the San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon and no one/nothing was going to stop me! At that moment in time, I felt determined, limitless, and pretty much on top of the world. Little did I know it would be short lived…The next day I walked through the same apt door, but this time in a state of panic! “What was I thinking??” “I can’t prepare for a half marathon in 13 weeks!”

This past week I have gone through a series of emotions [which I’m sure will continue these next few months], and now I try to proceed with positivity and determination. This week I begin training, and I have thought long and hard how I would like to approach this. I am honestly worried about beginning my training so late, especially when preparing for my FIRST half marathon. I have decided not to place additional pressure on myself by setting a goal time…instead leaning more towards a “just finish” approach. I have decided to work off the Hal Higdon Novice 2 training program, with some adjustments and improvisations along the way. I really need to listen to my body and adjust accordingly to avoid injury. Since this is all a VERY new experience to me, I will be learning along the way. I am very nervous, but EXTREMELY excited about this next journey in my life!

This is the training program I plan to start…I made a couple of changes to Hal Higdon’s Novice 2 program, so it could fit my schedule. I will also be throwing in some strengthing and of course stretching routines. I am particularly worried about my hip weakness and muscle tightness, but I’ll plan as I go…here goes nothing! eek