“Whether you believe you can or believe you can’t, you’re probably right.”
Welcome to my blog! After taking upon my husband’s idea to create a blog to celebrate our commitment in joining Track Shack’s MarathonFest (a 32-week training program consisting of getting up at 3:45 a.m. (or earlier), 3 times a week to run some crazy miles that include tempo, hills, track, and endurance workouts), the blog is finally here.
I initially thought to be such a great idea, but I also realized that my plate is already full with a 5-day work schedule, a 3-day training schedule, weekly cross training, taking care of our pet-children, taking care of myself and being a wife – where will I find the time to write or keep up with a blog? Since a runner should look running as a set of repeated miles focusing one mile at a time until all 3.1, 13.1, or 26.2 miles are fulfilled, I might as well look blogging as one article at a time.
The purpose of this blog is to simply share my running experience, and hopefully, to inspire others. It’s also to motivate or remind myself to never give up my dream of running the Boston Marathon no matter how hard it gets or how long it might take. And most importantly, to share light on how inspiring and supportive my husband has been and continues to be in my journey of running.
After we watched the movie Run Fatboy Run, Kurt got inspired and had “the fantastic” idea to run a marathon and invited me to run with him. The idea made sense due to his enthusiasm for health, fitness and body maintenance since he is a massage therapist practitioner. Before I could comprehend the repercussion of saying yes, he had already registered both of us to run the 2010 Disney Marathon.
After 10 lousy months of so called “training” (I called it getting-by-training), mostly under Florida’s heat, we ran (we survived) the Disney marathon at an incredible low temperature of 24°F degree during the first early hours of the morning to a 27°F degree during mid-late morning hours. We suffered horrible cramps due to dehydration since cups of water turned into ice slush in just about every water station. We were miserable, but we never said that we would not run another marathon again.
Following the full marathon, it was my turn to return the favor. Kurt was drafted to run the Princess Half marathon only 2 months after running the full marathon. This race was more enjoyable than painful perhaps because it was only half the distance (cha-ching!).
In mid-2010, I was victim of a high-ankle sprain that sidelined me for too many months. The zest to run winded down and we approached 5K’s races instead. I was cruising with the flow until I realized that my party habits and trying to stay fit didn’t work simultaneously. In August 2014, I restarted training for half marathons. In my first half marathon, I finished in 2:59:49. At the time, it seemed to be almost impossible to improve to 2:30. Following a 13 Weeks to 13 Miles training program offered by Track Shack, I was able to finish the OUC race in 2:22:43.
From this point forward, I was getting hooked on “runner’s high” and registered for the 2015 Tomoka Half Marathon. The surprising cold weather in the last weekend of March in temps between 48 and 50°F degrees was a gift for a runner. I happily finished the Tomoka in 2:15:44.
There are no words to describe how devastatingly sad and tragic the set of events in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing were. And yet, in the midst of its darkness, a light shined brighter than ever highlighting the endurance, will power, courage of runners and supporters, and the spirit of the Boston community. Boston feels like home to me, and it’s just fitting that I run a Boston Marathon at some point in my life.
But to run a 3:40 or better as a qualification standard for the Boston, it’s a very tall order. I can only visualize it and enjoy the process knowing that I’m heading in the right direction with my training, caring for my body and positive atittude. I’m trusting that the Universe will provide what I need and time will do its magic.
I’m eager to experience structured training support to achieve my goals. I look forward to receiving encouraging feedback and I’m greatly appreciative of all of the people who push me forward with their positive energy and support. Although I want to wear the Boston marathon medal around my neck as soon as possible, I know that discipline, focus, time, strength and positivity are the elements I must practice now. One day at a time. One mile at a time.
Thank you, Kurt Westbrook for awakening the runner inside of me.
Let’s go wicked runnah!
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.”
~Henry David Thoreau