It all began in September 2012…a very dear friend of mine told me about a program: C25K. I told her, I am happy to workout with her, but have no interest in running. The program was designed for 9 weeks. It took me 12.
I can still remember the first time I ran 5 MINUTES straight – thought I was going to have one of my legs fall off. Yes, at the time, it seemed that hard!
We signed up for our first 5k, that November, 2012. We ran the “Run with the Jets”. I ran 2.5/3 miles straight, with my dear friend, brother and sister in law. My brother crossed the finish line with me. Fast forward to May 2013, my first Mermaid race and first 10K. Was so very proud to have completed that! Again…thought that was the HARDEST thing ever!
I ran either a 5k or 10k once a month, sometimes twice a month to keep accountable. And after my first 10k the pain started. Underneath my right foot in the middle…and it wouldn’t stop. If I ran it would hurt. If I took cross training classes, it would hurt. I stretched, and rolled it. Tried to ignore it. June 2013…I ran at Crissy Field a quarter marathon. At mile 4.5 I had to STOP in the middle of a race, NEVER had to do that before the pain was THAT bad, that intense, and couldn’t be ignored anymore.
The following week, I met with a podiatrist. She told me I have a naricula, an accessory bone and asked how long I had been ignoring the pain? I was crushed – NO running for 8 weeks! And while I don’t like to run, there’s nothing that beats how I feel after I run! Am I right all my running friends??
I listened, and fast forward to February 2014…after leaving the pharmacy to just concentrate on my family, my training and my one awesome job, not trying to take two jobs on and completely lose my training in the process!
I walked/ran intervals and continued to cross train again. Consistently. Downloaded a half marathon training program and never stuck to it.
After a series of 5k and 10ks, being able to finish with intervals, I knew I needed a kickstart to meet the goal of RUNNING ONE Half Marathon!
A running friend introduced me to Karna Fitness and my amazing trainer and coach, Alison Wortman!
For the past 13 weeks, my training has looked like this:
Sunday – rest.
Monday – cross train
Tuesday – cross train am, track workouts at night with Karna.
Wednesday – cross train
Thursday – cross train/run 30 minutes
Friday – REST day and take it!
Saturday – long run!
I not only stuck to this like a TEE but was so happy and so proud to be doing this!
This past weekend: This happened!
I ran Nike Women’s Half Marathon! This wasn’t to be my first half, I was to do a flat course, like San Jose RnR, but the lottery chose me and you don’t say no to Nike…the most coveted race on the West Coast! With some major intense hills and I did it!
A very special thank you to my amazing and very dear friend, Rocio!!
This is it for now – I may be back later with some more photos…or not. This may just do it! As I just did this!