I heard a comment the other day from a commenter out in the blogosphere that made me proud. She said that reading about my latest half marathon had inspired her to sign up for a 5K. I’m not sure that I have ever inspired somebody’s fitness aspirations before, and it got me thinking about my half marathoning, and why I do it.
Some things about me:
1. I am not a runner. I think the furthest distance I have ever run is 2 miles. And I don’t enjoy it.
2. I am a severe pronator (that means my feet fall in and flatten my arch when my foot strikes).
3. Because of my pronating, if I don’t wear the right shoes for me (the Brooks Ariel) and my orthotics, I get shin splints. Worst. Pain. Ever.
4. I have asthma.
5. I’m not in incredible shape. Like most women, I get frustrated that it is so hard to lose 10 pounds or get rid of that belly pooch. And then my husband goes out for a 15 mile run and makes it seem effortless. Grrr…
I had never even considered walking a half marathon when my friend Shelley asked if I wanted to sign up for the first one in 2010. I waffled. I was non-committal, I certainly wasn’t eager. But eventually I caved. I saw that it was important to her. I figured what would it hurt? And now I have completed four – all with Shelley.
I walk so I can stay fit and strong. I walk so I feel good about myself. I walk so I don’t have to stress about that glass of wine or apple pie. I walk to melt away the stresses of the day, and make sure I can face the workweek – I know of no better way to deal with stress and frustration. I walk so I can continue to do all the things I want to do – like walk to the bottom of the Point Reyes Lighthouse, or take that hike through the National Park with Jon. I walk for me.
For those of you who think that you can’t do something like a half marathon; you can. You just have to put one foot in front of the other. So maybe you won’t be fast – who cares? The only person that you are competing against is yourself. Not up for a half marathon? Start with a 5K. Start with 1 mile. Start with a walk around the block.
What inspires you?
P.S. If you are curious about the Bataan Death March Half Marathon, you can read more here…