Girls Run Wild

About “Girls Run Wild”

I used to loathe running.  During my high school track days myself and the rest of the pole vaulting crew would go to great lengths to avoid actually running.  This usually involved a quick jaunt to someone’s house a few blocks from school where we’d sit for as long as we thought our run should have lasted.  We’d then hustle back to school and try not to throw up the bags of cookies we’d just devoured.

Luckily, I got over my distaste for the exercise.  In 2006, my brother and I ran Bay to Breakers in honor of our late father who had several times survived the race himself.  My pre-3rd weekend in May workouts were motivated by my anxiety over not being able to complete the 12K run.  Hours on the treadmill later, I faced the race with as much heart as physical ability.  I will now be running B2B for the 6th time next month.

In 2007 I decided to step it up a notch.  Running 3 miles here, 5 miles there wasn’t easy, but I wanted to push myself to do something I had never thought possible: run a half marathon.  I graduated from the treadmill to charting my paths on outdoor trails.  I knew that building the endurance to keep my body in motion for 2+ hours would take dedicating about 2 months to a training regime.  Race day was glorious – blue skies, perfect temperatures, and runner’s high by mile 6.  The finish line came and I said to myself, “How the hell does anyone run TWICE this length.”

Nearly 4 years later I have decided to attempt a second half marathon.  I am by no means one of those crazy runners who has 10 miles down before she gets to work.  Nor do I obsess over running shoes, special whicking apparel, crazy power gels, or time records.  I just enjoy working out and do so daily to keep my stress down, my energy up, and myself in good health.  The purpose of this blog is not to detail my every step from here to 13.1 miles; this blog is to serve as a resource for anyone wishing to join me in the adventure of getting from here to the finish line.  I will be posting weekly workouts, exercises I find interesting, articles of advice, and words of motivation.  For someone who hates running, a half marathon sounds like torture.  It’s challenging, it’s difficult, it’s frustrating, but it is also incredibly rewarding.  At the end of the day, however, it’s only a matter of putting one foot in front of the other a little faster than you normally would.

Now, get off your ass and run with me!

Bay to Breakers, 2008

******DISCLAIMER******

I am not a personal trainer.  I do not train people to run.  This blog is meant to provide the information I know to others. Running can cause injury.

Questions? Comments? Concerns?  Contact girlsrunwild@gmail.com

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