“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anais Nin
In 2014, a good friend of mine had an extra bib for the Carlsbad Half Marathon and asked if I wanted it. My initial answer: “Hell no!” At that time, I was still learning the basics of lifting weights, and I had no self-confidence in believing that I could run 13.1 miles. For goodness sake, I think I ran two miles on the treadmill and thought I was going to have a heart attack.
After a bit of peer pressure and convincing, I agreed. I ran the 2014 Carlsbad Half Marathon in 2:36. It was then that I understood why people paid money to run; the energy, the support, and rush of endorphins made the experience unbelievable. Also, the fact that I made it through 13.1 miles, when just a few months before I accused my best friend, Sam, of being crazy for running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco. Seriously, who the hell runs 13.1 miles? Well, the joke’s on me–because I do! ????????
Succeeding the Carlsbad Half Marathon, I was once again convinced to run the La Jolla Half Marathon, which at that point, I said, “Screw it, that’s already two out of three for the Triple Crown, I’m going for the Triple Crown.”
After a bit of bitching and whining while running America’s Finest City Half Marathon in August 2014 (my fault, I didn’t prepare too well), I did it! It was a great year, I learned so much and felt extremely accomplished. However, in 2014, I knew very little about good nutrition, proper stretching and correct training for a half marathon race. Therefore, I decided that with the knowledge that I have now, I’m going to go for the 2017 Triple Crown and see how much improvement I’ll make on my race time and will be going for a new PR (personal record)! Stay tuned and check back for updates on my training, meal plans and more!