After taking 6 yrs off of racing, I recently returned and ran a half marathon in May. It was an absolutely exhilarating experience and has filled me with such a huge feeling of accomplishment. My family was so proud of me and I even got a great medal to show for it!
I *REALLY* think you should sign up too because:
- You will lose weight. I know that’s on many people’s mind. Training for an endurance event is better and more healthy than a crash diet. Some people can lose as much as 40 “50 pounds just training for the half marathon.
- You will get in the best shape of your life. Even if you are not exercising right now, you still have plenty of time to get in shape before the race. You begin by walking. Some people chose to walk the race itself. Regardless, you will be surprised at how far you can come in just four months.
- You will feel more energetic and productive at work. This is a benefit I didn ‘t expect when I first started exercising. I thought regular exercise “especially training for a half marathon “would sap my energy. It had exactly the opposite effect. I am never more focused and energetic than when I am in the middle of training.
- You will have a positive way of dealing with the stress in your life. The stress of modern life takes its toll. The economic realities of the past two years haven’t helped. Training for a half marathon will give you a positive outlet for your stress. You will even sleep better. Guaranteed.
- You will have an incredible sense of accomplishment when you finish.There’s nothing like crossing the finish line after running 13.1 miles, especially if you have never done it. The feeling is exhilarating. You will feel rightly proud of yourself.
- You will gain the confidence to take on other challenges. This is one of the main reasons I love to run. It gives me the opportunity to tackle my biggest challenge “me. If I can overcome the mental obstacles I encounter on the way to the race, I can put those skills to use in other endeavors.
- You will provide an example for others. True leadership begins with self-leadership. When you lead yourself, you inspire others to want to follow. Maybe it’s a spouse, or a friend, or one of your children. They need to exercise, but they don’t have an example to follow. You can be that example.
- You can help raise money for a worthy cause. Most races are for charity – the half marathon I recently ran in raised money for Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto
Convinced yet? If you want to run, I suggest you start with the Jeff Galloway method. It’s specifically designed for beginners. You can find his various training schedules here. that involves a program of walking and running, allowing you to incrementally improve over time without killing yourself.