Sometimes you just have to say yes. When you get an email from Nike, that is one of those times. To be honest, had it been a full marathon it doesn’t matter who it was from, I’d say no. But a half marathon, a half marathon seems doable. Painful, but doable. Nike is having their first Women’s Half Marathon in DC and they’ve asked a few of us DC ladies if they could sponsor us to run it. I mean, I hate running, I’m a yoga girl — but I couldn’t say no to Nike!
I’ve been at least somewhat athletic most of my life. I always played multiple sports growing up, and have usually been active doing yoga, Crossfit or just moving around in general. Working from home you have to make exercise a priority and schedule it or it won’t happen. I did a short stint of track when I was in middle school, running the 200, 400, 800, and the 4×400. Notice how all of those are shorter than 13.1 miles…
Am I totally freaked out? Yes.
Do I enjoy running? Not at all.
Is this going to suck and I’ll ask myself at some point on every training run why the hell I agreed to do this? I’m assuming so.
Do I turn 30 this year and want to look killer in a bathing suit? Yes.
Does that give me motivation to run this thing? Yes.
So is it more about looking great in a bathing suit than challenging yourself to run a half marathon when you hate running? I’d say the two are equal.
Just being totally honest with you here. I’ll keep you updated as to how the training is going. I felt like if I said it publicly then I’d really look stupid if I start training and back out so more pressure for me. I mean, if I get hurt or something I can’t really control that, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen.
I’m heading out right now for my first training run. 1 mile. How bad can that be? (I have a semi-painful face right now.)
Like Bill Bowerman, co-founder of Nike says, “If you have a body, you are an athlete.”
Let’s go with that.
At least I’ll look good decked out in Nike gear while running, right?
I could use your help. Are you a runner? Have you ever ran a half marathon? What are your favorite running products? How did you do it? Any words of advice??? I can use them all!