Running my first half marathon
This past year has been very special to me. As I turned 40, I told myself that this year I will test my limits when it comes to fitness. While you may feel otherwise, my story is not quite different from yours. I love food! Well, being a professional chef and caterer doesn’t help a great deal either. I seem to constantly be surrounded by some of the greatest temptations when it comes to food. Tasting everything is a part of my job. And in this whole process of tasting, one often falls prey to the aroma of a freshly baked cookie or exceptionally good-looking pasta.
Somewhere along all this, food became my downfall. Before I realized it, I had packed more than 30 pounds The side-effects followed. I started feeling sluggish, kind of lost and even unhealthy, given the fact that I was seemingly heavy around my mid-section now. When something of this sort happens, the whole universe seems to be conspiring against you. The jeans won’t fit, the slightly tight blouses would feel too tight and your confidence would disappear momentarily.
However, now I feel I haven’t just come out of that phase, I’ve also been able to achieve something that will take my fitness to all new level. Soon after I came to terms with my weight gain, I bega
n personal training with Donna Davis, from Life Time Fitness. We started strength training with 30 minutes of cardio. I’ve never ran at a stretch for 30 minutes but I decided to give it a shot and I did it with two breaks. It started with a 3 mile run. Then I joined a group called “Friends Who Run”. It was a group of lovely, cheerful ladies who would run every Thursday evening and Saturday morning. Apart from helping me build my stamina and getting me back to my previous level of fitness, these runs made me see some very picturesque areas of the city around me, which would have otherwise gone unnoticed. Every day we would notice one tiny thing that would be a unique experience. The training wasn’t only restricted to our twice-a-week runs and daily exercises. There was a strict diet plan that had to be followed and very religiously, at that.
After we thought we were adequately trained and that we had reached a level of fitness which was minimally required, we decided to run in a half marathon. Not just me, but even my husband decided to participate and before we realized it, we were in the marathon run, surrounded by so many others and we were all doing this for a cause.
Yes, the run was taxing and I was nowhere near the first three or five or even ten people to have completed the entire circuit, but the experience, of the training, the run and everything else that spanned this period of about a month was enlightening, to say the very least. It was something that has made me grow in more than one way.
In the end, I would advice all my readers to get involved in such a regimen at least once. Start with the training and then, along the way, set a goal and work towards it. It will not only make your daily routine more exciting but will give you the strength that you need to work on something of this sort. It will ease your journey and make it seem all the more rewarding.