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Hi friend! I hope your week is going awesome! I’m excited to share my new fitness goal with you. It’s a goal I never dreamed I’d want to set, but here were are and I’m really pumped about it! I’m also happy to partner with Kohl’s on this post and you’ll hear more below about how I’m relying on their active & wellness department to support this new goal.
During law school, I used to run Memorial park several times a week. It’s a 3-mile dirt trail, lined with trees in central Houston. I’ll never forget while studying for the Bar exam, my friends and I would quiz each other while we jogged around that loop at a conversational pace.
For most of that summer, we were chained to our desks buried in law books, so those evening jogs were really helpful as a physical break.
But, even though I went frequently, I NEVER ran more than those three miles. That was back in 2004 and until 2022, I had still never ran more than 3 miles at a time.
I got interested in running more after I listened to David Goggins’ memoir on Audible. The audio version is awesome because the co-author reads the chapters, then he and Goggins have a podcast style conversation where you get deeper insights into the material.
If you aren’t familiar with Goggins, he’s a Navy Seal and endurance athlete that pushes himself to be the “baddest man on the planet.” His real life is incredible, especially considering where he came from and what he’s been through.
After finishing Can’t Hurt Me, I dove into Rich Roll’s book, Finding Ultra. Rich Roll is a vegan ultra endurance athlete who transformed his life from a miserable alcohol-addicted lawyer to a person that dug deep to discover his passion and purpose in life. His podcast explores meaningful topics with extraordinary people and I’m soaking up those conversations.
One day a few weeks back, Brian and I set out for a walk on a Saturday morning. We didn’t have a plan, just wanted to get some fresh air and move our bodies. As we got going and went pretty far from my house, I suggested we push ourselves to go 5 miles. He was game, so we kept going.
Turns out, 5 miles is a LONG walk! It drizzled on us but we just kept pace (he can’t run due to 4 previous back surgeries) so we just kept strolling. Then, we had to walk the 5 miles home.
About 2 hours and 40 minutes later, we finally made it back to my house. I don’t think I’ve ever walked 10 miles straight in my life. But, it felt great!
And it made me wonder what else I could do.
The next day, this time by myself, I walked out the door again. I wanted to see if I could walk and jog a little for 10 miles.
And I did. Using my iWatch, I walked for 4 minutes and jogged for 1 minute until I had 10 miles under my belt. It still took me over 2 hours to finish, but when I was done I felt so invigorated and excited to have accomplished that! Not to mention, incredibly sore and thirsty!
Since then, I’ve worked my way up to jogging 7 miles and now I’m planning to do a half marathon, 13.1 miles.
I find that running is such a ‘you vs. you’ sport and it’s as mental as it is physical. It’s giving back to me in ways I didn’t expect. It’s pushing me past what I thought was possible and is having a momentum-building effect in my life.
Interestingly, I’m more productive at home and less likely to procrastinate on simple tasks like putting away the laundry. It’s kinda like, “if I could run 6 miles, I could easily put the laundry away in 6 minutes.”
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My perception of what’s hard is changing. My perception of myself is changing.
I really enjoy a challenge and that’s why I’ve set the half marathon goal. I’m such a newbie and novice and definitely have much to learn, but I’m excited about the journey. My journaling has gotten deeper. I’m thinking more about what my values are and how they align (or don’t) with my actions.
It feels like a very good step in the right direction.
I’m currently running in either my Nikes or ASICS, and both are durable, breathable and have the cushion and support I need. My go-to sports bra is this one by Under Armour. I like it so much that I bought five of the black ones.
It’s also important to stay hydrated, so I always have a water bottle handy. I like the wellness water bottle for helping you keep track of how much water you’re drinking in a day. Those little markers have a way of making you want to meet your hydration goals.
I also take this multi vitamin every morning and was happily surprised to see that you can get it at Kohl’s.
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Have you ever run a half marathon? Full marathon? If so, I’m so very proud of you.
I’d be grateful if you’d share any running tips, training plans and resources with me (and our community) in the comments below.
Have a fantastic day friend!