I’m Susan, I have a full time job and I'm a mom to two very young boys, and I’ll be running the More/Fitness Half Marathon on April 3rd. I’m active and love to exercise, but up until a few years ago, I really disliked pounding the pavement. Right after I had my second son, I decided to give running another shot to help get me back in shape. And I was hooked! Now I run as often as I can, but I’m not fast—and the funny thing is that I still don't consider myself a runner. Goals keep me on track. Shortly after for my 40th birthday, I was determined to run a half-marathon in honor of this big milestone. I squeezed in training, as prescribed by the helpful FITNESS beginner plan, whenever I could. During the workweek I had to use the gym treadmill, although I prefer to run outside, since it was too dark at 5:30 a.m.—the only time I could squeeze in my runs before work. On the weekends, I ran very early in Central Park so my training wouldn’t take away from my family time. Race day was cold and pouring rain—and I'm not going to lie, I almost decided not to run. However, after all of my training, I realized I had to do this no matter what. Despite the wet, cold weather, I had a great race and it was an empowering experience. Although I’m nervous about fitting the time into my busy schedule to train properly once again, I’m excited to train for the More/Fitness Half Marathon for these reasons:
- I’ll stay in shape over winter instead of hibernating and gaining weight.
- I’ll become a better runner. Instead of just running the race, I want to do it with better form, push myself to improve my time and enjoy myself more during both the training and the race. Last year, I got all of my runs in, but didn't do as much stretching and cross training as I should have. This year, I’m aiming for a well-rounded approach for increased strength and injury prevention.
- I’ve decided to help raise money for an amazing charity, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. My efforts will help a child cancer patient to attend summer camp. Helping others is a huge boost for my motivation.
- Overall, I aim to finish and have fun throughout the process! I‘m excited to start training this week. If you need an extra boost of motivation to get up and run or fit running into your schedule, continue following me on the blog—and we'll cross that finish line together!