As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I thought it would be helpful and possibly motivating to post stories from other runners. This first story comes from my twin Kyla.
I have gotten her into running and I couldn’t be more proud. It is something we can do together when we are with each other, and sometimes our brothers run with us. A family who runs together stays together, right?!
Enough of me talking, here is Kyla’s story!
A year ago I would have never imagined I’d be part of any kind of race, much less a half marathon. Running had never been an appealing sport to me, and I wouldn’t have gotten into it if my sister Courtney hadn’t invited me to run a Warrior Dash last August. Admittedly, for me it was mostly the appeal of wearing a costume (mostly this), tackling crazy obstacles, and swimming through mud with a bunch of other costumed-strangers that initially enticed me. And to make a long story short, I LOVED it. I ended up running a few more 5Ks, and with each one I noticed an improvement over the last as far as my speed and feeling a little less like death by the end of each one.
Other than the excitement of competition, it was those little improvements that really motivated me when I first started; going from huffing and puffing after barely a quarter mile, to being able to complete a full mile without stopping. The excitement of not having sore muscles the day after completing a two mile training run was exciting! They were baby steps, but they kept me excited and wanting to go further.
However, when Courtney convinced me to try the next half-marathon with her I signed up without hesitation- or at least without listening to my hesitation. I knew it would require a lot of dedication and hard work, and I am notoriously lazy.
In fact, if not for Courtney’s constant support and motivation I would not have made it this far, or had the incentive to even reach for such a goal! Other than dealing with the mental block of not always wanting to go out and start a run, the physical training itself has become easier as the weeks have gone by. I found that doing tempo runs on the treadmill (which I loathe) helped immensely when it came to increasing my speed and endurance outside.
Now that we’re less than a week away from the race I’m feeling more anxious, but also more excited about the challenge of it. While I have grandiose ideas of keeping up with Courtney during the race, my primary goal is to run the full course without stopping (water breaks don’t count, do they?) and to get as close to the two-hour time as I can. At the very least, if I can cross the finish line without forcing Courtney to wait forever on me, I’ll feel accomplished!
Seriously, how awesome is Kyla’s costume at the Warrior Dash?
Kyla and I at the Warrior Dash
If you have questions for Kyla makes sure to leave a comment!