Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Taking The Big Scary Leap

It's that time of year. Time to make New Years Resolutions, goals for 2018 and start looking to how you can make the next year better than the last. For a lot of people, we use the fresh year as a chance to try something new and different. It can be scary, but can also be something really exciting!

I remember in early 2012 I took the leap and signed up for the Pittsburgh Marathon 5k. I had not ran more than a mile in seven years. You read that right, seven years. A friend of mine approached me about running it and I said "WHY NOT!" Was it scary, yes. Even for a 5k! I would have never expected for that one choice to have changed my life almost six years later.

The 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon 5k

Running a half marathon was always on my bucket list. I don't know why. It just seemed like such an incredible accomplishment. Guess what, it is! It was everything I ever imagined it to be. I ran the Pittsburgh Marathon exactly one year after that first 5k. No lie. If I thought crossing the finish line of a half marathon was everything - the marathon finish line cannot be described. It is something you truly have to experience.

Celebrate every finish line!

You know the funny thing? I signed up for my first marathon before I finished my first half marathon. And my second marathon before I ran my first marathon. It's crazy how it all just happens. Since January 2012 I have ran 24 half marathons and I am training for my seventh marathon. I still can't believe it sometimes. Every race has a story, and the story starts with the will to start.

And you get medals!

I know, you are reading this and thinking one of the following things:

1. Where do I even start?
2. I don't want to be the only one training or running the race.
3. Do I have enough time to get in shape?

All great questions! Let me make this easy.

1. You start by making the decision to try. You could sign up for a number of races during Pittsburgh Marathon weekend. You could be like me in 2012 and run your first 5k as an adult. Just take the leap and sign up for the half marathon. That's usually how I do things. You will never fail if you just try!


2. You don't have to train alone if you recruit friends to run the five-person relay! Each person takes a portion of the marathon course and gets to really enjoy the different parts of the course. You can join training groups that take over the city for the first four months of the year. Friendships will be formed and you will never be alone.

All of this friendship through running!

3. Most training plans for Pittsburgh Marathon weekend won't start until the beginning of the year. That is PLENTY of time to get ready for May. Let's be honest, you deserve to think of yourself in 2018. Parents, imagine what kind of example you are setting for your kids. Setting your mind to something and then showing them what hard work can accomplish. Trust me, the finish line of any race is the greatest feeling in the world!

Above all, know you are never alone in training. If anything you can reach out to me! I training for the first two years of long distance running all alone. It was rough. I wish I had people I felt comfortable reaching out to. Just to ask simple stupid questions. Please let me be that person! You can always email me or tweet me! I'm always happy to help!

Are you ready to take the big scary leap? What is that goal you are looking at?

Disclaimer: This post is part of a series I will be writing as part of the Pittsburgh Marathon Blogger program. All topics and opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

  1. Wanna talk about scary and exciting!! Hahah. I love how you just fell head over heels for running again. I can’t wait to see all you accomplish in 208