When I started running a couple of years ago, I never thought I would become as addicted to running and working out as I do now. It also never crossed my mind that I would be able to run AND finish a race. My first race was for asthma and air quality research thing… I can’t remember since it was so long ago. Since then, I’ve done at least 10 5k, 2 10k and 3 half-marathons.
And I’m gearing up for my next half-marathon this year. I was planning on running the See Jane Run Half again but after much convincing (mainly from H and my sister) I’ve decided to sign up for the Rock’N’Roll Half in Seattle.
It took me a really long time and research to prepare for longer runs after my first 5k. I’ve since then have figure out a good training routine. Its always good to run at a comfortable pace and push yourself only when you are comfortable of kicking it up a bit. I like doing HIIT runs and weight lifting during the week before my longer runs on Saturday mornings.
My favorite races are the one where there are tons of fellow runners and to be honest, nice bling. Like my medals. Just looking at them make me happy and motivated to get my next one. If you guys are looking to participate in a run, but not ready to do it with mass about of people, try some virtual runs. Some like The Hogwarts Running Club doesn’t even need you to post that you’ve run but encourage you to do so. Plus all their proceeds goes to charity or organization. I signed up for the Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezer 5k and to support Dogs on Deployment, which I finished weeks ago at the gym.
So far I’ve ran the Dawg Dash 5k, Runnin’ O’ the Green 5k, Electric Run, Color Run, Whidbey Marathon 5k, Refuse to Abuse 5k (awesome run around & inside the Mariner’s stadium), Race the Reserve (in my hometown to support my high school current seniors), See Jane Run Half Mud & choclate Trail Half, Leavenworth Oktoberfest Half, Dementor’s Kiss 5K, and a couple others. I know I did a couple different “Color” runs and some smaller local ones.
I haven’t really motivated myself to try a full marathon yet. I mean, I always say I’m never going to sign up for another half after I finished one, and yet, I again sign up for my next one.