There was a time when I thought half marathons were for those people who were in super shape. Seriously, running 13.1 miles is just crazy…so I thought. I changed my entire way of thinking about marathon running the day I started training for my first half marathon in 2010 and then completed my first half marathon, Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon, on February 27, 2011. So, if a girl like me can train and finish a half marathon so can you!
Why did I start running? Well, I was sick. Every month I would develop a sinus infection. I would have about a week, if I was lucky, of feeling okay and then I would get sick again. I went to the doctors and took the antibiotics they prescribed, it was the strong stuff, and I would just get sick again. I visited the allergist twice a week for allergy shots, 2 in each arm. The ENT performed surgery on my sinuses and the sinus infections still came back. I visited the Chiropractor and I will say that I had some relief after that visit but the infections continued to return. I had a facial massage and that helped some as well but the infections came back. I tried the homeopathic route of teas and such but even that didn’t help. So I decided to do something drastic, I was going to do a triathlon. Yes, I was going to train all by myself and then swim, bike, run my way to health. Then I overheard this girl say she was going to run Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon with another girl I knew. I thought to myself, you know, running with people would be a lot better than swimming, biking and running without people so I introduced myself. Well, I introduced myself and then invited myself to train and run with them. That is how I started my hobby in running, started getting healthy, and that is how I made two wonderful friends!
How did we train? Thankfully, one of the three of us is very motivated and likes schedules and order so she became our trainer. She found the Hal Higdon Half Marathon Training Program and tweaked it for our schedules. So we took the schedule and ran with it….literally. During the week we would run by ourselves. For me this was super hard. I was not a runner and running was torture. However, the more I did it, the more my body got used to running and the easier it got. On the weekends my girlfriends and I would meet in the mornings around 7ish to do our long runs of the week together. We talked, we ran, we walked and we laughed together. Seriously, does it get any better than that?
Did you all survive the half marathon? Yes, we survived!! I highly recommend Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. There were fireworks, a fairy godmother, pixie dust, bands, Disney characters and port-o-potties. Lots and lots of port-o-potties. After the race it was really hard for me to walk but I could and I did. I took a warm shower after the race and my “trainer” soaked in a bath of ice. I was sore for the rest of the day but my “trainer” said that the ice bath really helped her. Ice baths scare me so I don’t know if I will try it after our next race or not.
Are going to race again? Oh yes, I’ve actually ran/walked two other races since Disney’s Princess 1/2 Marathon in 2011. In fact, this Sunday I will be running a half marathon that I have been training for. Training hasn’t been going as well as I expected due to illnesses in my family but it will be a fantastic race!
Did running help you get your health back? I’m glad you asked. Yes, yes it has. Running really helped in clearing up my sinuses and now I can say that my monthly sinus infections are a thing of the past!
If you are interested in training for a half marathon you should do it! It will make you feel great inside and out and the sense of accomplishment you feel after the race is awesome. Oh, and there are metals involved. After the race you get to wear some pretty awesome bling around your neck. Everybody LOVES bling!