Got 13.1?

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“If you can’t fly, then run; If you can’t run, then walk; If you can’t walk, then crawl; but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Like LIFE, this quote can also be applied to running or any other sports activity one may engage in. You have to start somewhere and continue to move forward from that point.

On Sunday, March 17th (St. Paddy’s Day!) I participated in my very first half  marathon!finishline 

In preparation for my first half marathon, I did an atypical training regimen. I completed short distance runs, cross-trained with my favorite martial art, which is Capoeira, and maintained flexibility with hot yoga. I also practiced foot fitness because I have a chronic ankle sprain that has not fully healed since August of 2012. Listed below is how I prepared to earn the title of “half marathoner” and “Got 13.1!”

Short endurance training runs: During the months preceding my first race, I completed a series of short distance runs, ranging from various amounts of time and/or distance.

Cross-training: To build muscular strength and flexibility I regularly practiced Capoeira, yoga, pilates and the willPower Method, with occasional weight lifting.

Prayer: Yes, prayer and support from friends, family, and even pure strangers on race day is a big part of the training process. But also supporting yourself as well, you have to be willing to be self-motivated to push yourself to run that extra mile, to put on your running gear after a long 13 hour nursing shift and put in a quick 20 minutes on the treadmill or waking up an extra hour earlier before preparing for a long commute to work or school to get a quick run in before another hectic day starts. That takes personal willPower, determination, faith, and strength. It was accomplished for me through prayer and a love for improving myself physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Getting to 13.1 in 2:42:41

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So far my “running” future and my #rundreams are bright! I have several half-marathons in my radar to train for and I was just selected to run in one of the largest running events in the U.S. Atlanta’s premier road race the Peachtree Road Race. This race isn’t a half marathon or even a marathon, but a 10K. However, don’t sleep on this particular 10K as it brings runners from as far as Africa and other parts of the world together in one U.S. city to run together for approximately 6 miles on the 4th of July, our nations Independence Day. Talk about a cultural experience! It’s going to be a beautiful celebration!

Until Next Time…Gone for a Run!

Candice

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