August 13, 2013, will end my first year of working full-time. Sure, I held summer jobs waitressing, working at a jewelry store, driving the bev. cart at a swanky golf course, etc. But this date marks a first.
Because my job is mainly sedentary–minus running in and out of court, depositions, and meetings–I have found one thing doesn’t come naturally anymore, EXERCISING. This is a problem.
With most things, I have a difficult time starting small. One of my friends ran the Dexter-Ann Arbor half marathon this past spring. This caused me to think that running a half marathon would be a great way to “make” myself run on a regular basis. So I am bound and determined to run the Detroit half marathon, 13.1 miles. Yup.
Of course this decision resulted in new running clothes, new running shoes, and finding a training plan (http://running.about.com/od/racetraining/a/basichalf.htm):
(I went with New Balance shoes. Hoping for a lot of support for my knees)
Today these shoes are hitting the ground for 4 miles. WHOOT! This endeavor is not going to be about how fast I run–genetically I was created semi-tortoise, it’s just about DOING it–Nike was on to something.
Because this is a first for me, I would love to hear any advice on do’s and don’ts, training plans, shoes, you name it!! But please keep in mind that my goal is simple: FINISHING the race.
Lastly, I couldn’t write this post without a shout-out to a good friend for bringing us back some Lemonjello’s (LJ’s) coffee (that I am enjoying as I write this post):
For those of you who aren’t Hope friends or Hollanders, Lemonjello’s is a local coffee shop in Holland, MI, on the sweet corner of 9th and College (http://lemonjellos.com/). It is a place that holds many memories of past games of “one-up” and conversations about future dreams.