I decided to challenge myself today and sign up for the ING Georgia Half Marathon, which runs simultaneously with the full marathon. The farthest I’ve ever ran non-stop is 7 miles. About 3 years ago, I started having issues with my sciatic nerve, so I had to stop doing so much exercise. Turns out that not exercising was making it worse. It didn’t help that I gained a lot of weight – about 20 pounds. So today, I signed up and decided to start training.
I have a little more than 2 months. I was surprised to find that I could do four miles when I ran this morning. Of course, it was “run a mile, walk for 5 minutes” etc. But still, a pretty good start. Tonight, I did the same thing. It was easier because I actually went out and spent a bit of money on proper shoes. You’re looking at a fairly frugal person here. I have never paid more than about $40 for a pair or running shoes before. I bought a pair of Asics GEL-Kayano 14’s on the recommendation of a friend who regularly runs marathons. Two reasons: First, to save my knees. Second, spending money on good shoes is motivation. (I’d be pissed at myself if I spent good money and didn’t reach my goal.) Like I said, I’m frugal. But wow! I can’t believe how well they fit, how comfortable they are, and how LIGHT they are! I will never go back, and that is only after one day.
Anyway, the point of the post: anyone in Atlanta want to sign up and join me? It’s $75 for a good cause – preventing childhood obesity. My only goal is to not come in last, so it’s not like you’d be running with a pro. In fact, if you know CPR, you’re especially welcome to run with me.