Saturday, September 10, 2011

Half Marathon, Here I Come...

I am now officially registered to run my first Half Marathon!  
I will be running the iRecycle Spartenburg Half Marathon on October 8th in the USA.

For years now I have said that one of my life dreams is to run an actual marathon.  I am not sure if I will ever achieve this dream, but I am on my way there with my plans of running a half marathon this fall. 

When I began training for this half marathon, I did not know if I would realistically be able to run that far (13 miles or 21.1 km) or have enough time in my busy schedule to train well.  Being a full-time mommy and working lots does not leave a lot of extra time leftover, but because I am an early morning person and I have a wonderfully supportive husband, I have been able to train pretty well. 

I am not the best or fastest runner but I do enjoy running!  When I go out to run I really feel like it is a time for me and God. I am running with GOD.  It is a time where I can just turn up the worship music on my ipod (which was recently given to me as gift from a friend- thanks so much!) and I just GO running with the Lord.  During my runs I am processing life, praying, seeking God, worshiping and praising, meditating on truths - sometimes specific words or scriptures, and many times the Lord uses these running times to speak deeply to me.

This morning I ran 12 miles/19.3 km. 
I ran slowly, but I did it! This is the farthest I have ever run in my life.  Slowly but surely, I am increasing my mileage in preparation for my upcoming race. I have been following an online plan for beginners as I have been training.

On the race day, I will most likely be one of the slowest runners in the race, but I am pretty sure I will be able to finish the race.  Now that will be an accomplishment for me! Overall, I am excited to be on my way to achieving one of the dreams God has put on my heart.  It has been a great experience so far!

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