Time for the next guest post. This is Lindsay, who blogs at Lindsay Weighs In! She is such an inspiring blogger, and I have loved following her journey towards her first half marathon!!! She’s another central PA blogger too!
Hi ya’ll! My name is Lindsay, and I blog over at Lindsay Weighs In about my journey to lose 70 pounds, while still enjoying a cupcake or two along the way 😉
I’m so happy to be here, as I LOVE Becca’s blog. I’m running my first half marathon in just a little over two weeks (!!!) something I never thought I’d do.
I don’t look like a runner.
I’m overweight. My thighs touch (and probably always will! Thank you 13 years of soccer.) By all means and assessment, if someone looked at me, they wouldn’t think I’m a runner.
But I am.
I’m certainly not the fastest runner. I’ll likely never win any races, or win any age group awards. But I’m still a runner.
I wanted to become a runner long before I actually signed up for any races. Reading healthy living blogs and running blogs, I looked at these runners, many of them skinny and in shape and decided I could never do that.
That’s straight up cray cray, you guys.
I kept myself from doing something I wanted to do because I didn’t think I looked the part.
I was afraid to run outside because I was afraid of what people would think. I was afraid to run with a running group because I didn’t want to be slow. I was afraid to sign up for races because I didn’t want to finish last.
You know what, it’s OKAY to run/walk a race, and actually many people use that method. It’s okay to finish last, or in the back of the pack. Of the 3 5Ks that I’ve done, I’ve finished towards the back in all of them.
I’m STILL a runner!
In September, I finally signed up for a half marathon, something that I’ve always wanted to do. This has always been a huge bucket list item for me, and I’m so glad I finally faced my fears and signed up!
It certainly wasn’t easy to face my fears, but little by little I started chipping away at them.
I started running outside, and didn’t care what anyone thought. I prefer that to running on the treadmill, and I always find my runs so much more enjoyable when I’m outside.
I ran with a local running group. This was one of the biggest steps that I’ve made since I started running, and something that has helped me immensely. As I’ve mentioned, this was terrifying to me.
I started working with a running coach. Having someone to bounce things off of was great, and being accountable to someone was the motivation I knew that I needed.
But there were still bumps in the road, and training for this half marathon has taught me A LOT.
You need to stick to your training plan! It was almost that I was afraid I was going to fail, so I set myself up to fail. I should have gotten serious about my training long before I did. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t terrified for this half marathon. I have four hours to cross that finish line, and I’m going to put my everything into not getting swept off that course.
That’s the point, you guys. Running is all about you. The work you put into it. The sweat you put into it. That it makes you happy. Running makes me happy (because endorphins make you happy… Elle Woods anyone?) and I’m going to continue to do it, no matter how far in the back of the pack I am.
It’s not about your mile time, or the shoes you have (even though I LOVE my Brooks Ghost, my Caspers as I call them ;)) or what distances you’ve run. It’s not about if you’re a seasoned runner, or if you’re just heading out for your very first run. All that matters is that you’re out there running, doing something that you love.
It’s still hard for me to call myself a runner, but I know that I am. If you run, you’re a runner, plain and simple.
If you’re thinking about becoming a runner, and it’s something that you’ve been scared about, I truly hope that you give it a try. I’m so happy that I did 🙂