A JOURNEY IN RUNNING, LIVING, LAUGHING AND LOVING

To run 13.1 or to not run 13.1? That is the question.

Friday, June 26, 2015

When I began running in 2009, I never EVER would have thought I would run a half marathon. On that first fateful day I ran, I went two miles without stopping, and I felt like queen of the world. 

But by the fall of 2011, I was craving more. And that was the year I signed up for the 2012 Disney Princess half marathon. It was the perfect first race. It focused on having fun and mostly catered to women. Plus, it was in Florida in February. Umm, yes! A vacation to a warm location in the middle of a northern Indiana winter? SOLD! Even though my knees were throbbing by the end, I crossed the finish line positively elated that I'd accomplished my goal. Three months later, I did it again at the Indy mini. 

And I haven't run one since. 

I wish I had a good reason. Life just got busy. Dan and I started dating seriously. And we got engaged. And we got married. And I got pregnant. And we had a baby. And now it's 2015, and I haven't been running anywhere near half marathon mileage. 

But I want to. 

I find myself having the urge to run, really run again. I want to wake up on the weekends and put in some long mileage. I want to feel that drive to go another mile. I want to embrace the soreness in my legs. I want to have a goal, a real goal that I'm trying to achieve. 

So now I have to decide. Am I going to do this? Am I going to try to commit to running with a 4-month-old baby and limited time to really train? And if the answer is yes, when and where do I run it? 

I need your advice, fellow runners. Should I do this? 

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