I went from no running experience to running the San Francisco Half Marathon in two months. When it was all over and I had some time to sit down with myself, I realized how many things the experience has taught me.
This is the last piece of a series on training for and running a half marathon. Also read:
Part 1: why I decided to sign up for the San Francisco Half Marathon
part 2: how I injured my knees in the second week
part 3: how I felt like a failure and contemplated quitting
part 4: how I stayed motivated and smashed records
part 5: how I got halfway through my marathon training & what changed since the beginning
part 6: the apps & devices I used to track my progress
part 7: the roller coaster of emotions during two months of training
Part 8: I did it! I ran a half marathon!
Part 9: 21 tips and tricks to run a half marathon
I am not a personal trainer or a running expert, but these are personal learnings from two months of intense training leading up to the half marathon that could apply to anyone interested in going for 13.1.
1. I am all that matters
I have always been a big fan of challenges. When people tell me I can’t do something, I eagerly want to prove them wrong. In large part, I started my training to show the world I was able to do this. By telling me I wasn’t able to run or hike, others challenged me to do it, and I wanted to surprise them.
In the beginning of my training some people would joke that I was running slower than a turtle, and I got pissed off. I was running and doing some activity, and I was not about to let people sit back and criticize.
I didn’t want to let others bring me down, so I shifted focus to myself, particularly how I was striving to do this for myself. It allowed me to be easier on myself and to fully understand that this should be a fun experience: I could run the race however I wanted. Read More