The marathon is now a little over 13 weeks away. I was inspired to write this post by my brother who lives out in Salt Lake City, Utah who has recently started running to get in better shape. I am so impressed with his dedication. He is now running a few miles a day, which is awesome. He looks great, and feels great.
For those of you training for the marathon, or just running a couple miles here and there for fun, or for those who wish to become runners, but are afraid, you can do it! It may feel impossible at times to get the motivation to start, and negative thoughts may move their way into the forefront of your mind that inhibit you from getting off the couch. Now this may sound a little odd, but when you’re glued to the couch, picture Forrest Gump or better yet, watch a youtube video of Forrest Gump running, I bet it will inspire you to put your running sneakers on.
The idea of running a marathon used to seem impossible to me, reserved only for the elite athletes. At some point during nursing school when I lived in the outskirts of Boston, I started running around this beautiful reservoir in Brighton. I started with one lap, then two laps, then three. It was then I realized I could run 5 miles, and found that by just running a little bit each day, it was fairly easy to increase my mileage. I was very intrigued by what my body was capable of. Unfortunately though, life happened, school got busy, and I stopped running everyday.
Fast forward to starting my job in Burlington as a nurse, and my desire to run came back full force. Maybe it was being surrounded by the beautiful mountains, Lake Champlain, and having coworkers and friends who inspired me to live a healthier lifestyle, or maybe it was thinking about Forrest Gump, but I gradually started running again. I would run short segments on the bike-path, maybe only 2 miles each day. Eventually I built a strong base, and increased my baseline mileage runs from 2 to 5ish miles. What I mean by baseline mileage runs is that they don’t require much preparation beforehand, and are relatively easy runs. This enabled me to see that running even 10 miles was doable. Gradually I built my mileage up in a slow manner until I could run 10 miles, and then I ran my first half marathon. If you can run 13.1miles, you can certainly run 26.2 miles.
Even as I returned to training for the 2014 Vermont City Marathon this winter I had to rebuild my mileage to get to where I’m at now. Those first several runs I felt the kinks, I was creaky, hips popped, I felt tired, but I started slow. It took listening to a lot of Flo Rida, and picturing Forrest Gump (odd combo, I know). I ran 3, then 4, then 5 miles. Then consistently ran 5 miles a few times a week, and now am running 10ish miles for my long runs. I still get anxious to increase my mileage. Right now the thought of running 13 miles makes me want to go take a nap, but I know in time 13 miles will seem like nothing. So keep on running everyone! You can do it. Get off your couch, or away from your desk, and try to run just 1 mile today. If you’re feeling unmotivated, just picture Forrest Gump. If he can do it, so can you.