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For those of you who don’t know…Zack and I are training for the 1/2 marathon in Virginia Beach on September the 6th. That’s 13.1 miles! I know it’s crazy. Right before Zack and I got engaged he ran the 1/2 marathon in 2006. I just kept thinking, wow.. I can totally do this.  Everything in your head always seems more logical than when you’re actually doing it. So about 9 weeks ago I told Zack that I wanted to do the half marathon. I had “talked about it” numerous times. He is such a sweet and encouraging husband because he said “I’ll totally run it with you” (love him!) So I began running hard for the first couple of days, which wasn’t really a good idea because my knees started to really bother me. I didn’t have the right shoes so we ventured to 9th street to get some Brooks, which I hope will take me all the way to the race.

Training. There’s nothing more difficult for me than running outside. I’m so used to getting in the gym and knocking out an hour on the eliptical trainer… but running outside is a whole different ball of wax. The other thing is in our neighborhood it’s not flat like it will be in Virginia beach, it’s has lots and lots of hills. That’s what’s killing me. The distance perception of mine is way off too. I’m like ok this has to be like 4 miles and ends up being 2. So today I ran all the way up this hill and then I walked a little and ran. I just want to be able to finish the race.

The thing that has really hit home to me is when Paul talks about running the race. For me running is not easy in the least, but Paul knew what he was talking about. Taking the mentality of an athlete is to be conditioned and have a heart to really run the race. You have to have heart and you have to have a will to keep going. That’s one thing that I have a new appreciation for….to run the race! I’ll keep you posted each week as to how I’m doing.

One more thing. If there’s any music selection that you run to or helps get you motivated I would love to hear what you listen to. And, for all of you seasoned runners I could use all of the advice you can muster :0).