Today's Hat: Runner in Training

"Never stop learning yourself, keep a positive attitude, be mindful, be respectful, go with the flow and trust more"-Yoga Journal on teaching Yoga

5 years ago if you had told me that I would love running someday and would be working on my second half marathon I would have told you that you were nuts.  At that time to me running was painful! Terribly, terribly painful and I wanted no part of it.

Thinking back I'm not sure why I kept at running other than it's great for getting the body in shape and the fact that everyone in my family seemed to be a runner but me.  I definitely wanted to keep up with the rest of my family as far as fitness goes (I'm a wee bit competitive for those of you that don't know me).

The Old Town Beer Run is probably what finally hooked me.  It's the annual 5 mile St. Patrick's day run here in good ole Greensboro.  #mce_temp_url# Have you done the Beer Run?  If not you should totally give t a try, it's a great run for first time racers because you get two beer tickets for after the race.  The first year I ran it with my running buddy at the time, George.  He and I came in with a time right at 60 minutes.  I hadn't really stuck to the training then so i didn't feel to bad about the time.  The next year I ran it (which was last year) George and I had been training harder (or at least sticking to the training schedule anyway) and I came in at 48 minutes.  This was huge for me!  I couldn't believe it. For someone that hated running taking 12 minutes off of your previous time was a big deal.  That was the moment the running monster in me was born.  Are you a runner?  Were you always a runner or can you remember the moment that made you think "hey, I like this, I think I'll do this awhile?"

So the beer run is coming up again soon, and I'm not sure that I'll be able to take 12 minutes off my time again this year, but I'm actually looking forward to it.  The beer run will be a good training run for my Half Marathon coming up in April.  Tomorrow, SO when the alarm this morning went off I totally wanted to roll over and hit snooze, but I know running just this first one of many will help kick me off on the right foot.  In an hour the hardest part is over.  The hardest part is just staring, and once you're in the grove everything else will follow.  Do you have an annual event that you look forward to each year like the beer run?  Maybe it's not something you have to physically train for, maybe it's something you have to prepare for in another way?  I want to hear about it!  leave a comment!

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