I have had the privilege of getting to know Heather through emails, and if you’re like me, you will also be inspired and motivated by her story.
New Year’s Resolutions and Marathons
In 2011 I was going through an adjustment period in my life. I was not in a good place. I had just gotten out of a really rough relationship and I knew that I had to make a change.
That was when I did it… I made my first New Year’s Resolution. I decided that in 2011 I was going to start living life by the motto “What the heck, why not?” I wanted to stop second guessing everything in my life and start taking chances and doing things I wouldn’t normally do.
My 2011 New Year’s Resolution was a success. By the end of 2011 I had found myself again. I was truly happy and I realized I had to keep doing what I was doing. So, I did it again… in 2012 I made another New Year’s Resolution, and then the year after that… you guessed it… I did it again!
Now here I am three years later in 2014. This year’s resolution is to run 12 races in 12 months. While I have always been a runner,I had always been more of a recreational runner before this; I had only a few races under my belt. I loved running races and…
...but I had always just let life get in the way. I had never had the desire to make training for a race a priority and I wanted to be able to run whenever I wanted to run.
I knew when I made this year’s resolution I was in for one of the toughest challenges yet. I was going to need to stay focused and committed for 365 days. There would be no “eh, I don’t feel like running today” anymore. But still, I wanted to do it; I wanted to challenge myself.
I started mapping out my races in the November prior to the New Year, that way I could make sure to get registered for a January race. While I was searching for races I was sure I was going to run mostly 5k’s and 10k’s and maybe… just maybe I would run a half-marathon.
Not long into my resolution I found that I absolutely LOVED it! I couldn’t wait to run my races and I couldn’t wait to sign up for the next one. This was when I decided I wanted to run a half-marathon in the spring. I knew I was ready. I started asking around and searching for half-marathons in the area… and that was when it happened. I stumbled across a race series called Heartland 39.3. This race was 3 half-marathons in month. I looked at it and laughed thinking “no way I can do this”. But over the new few weeks I kept finding myself coming back to it and wondering “can I do this?” That was when it happened… my 2011 self said “what the heck, why not?” and I ended up registered for those three races.
I was absolutely terrified and questioned whether or not I could do it; I had never even run one half marathon before. My longest run up until that point was 7.5 miles. Well… turns out, I did it and during my half-marathon training something trained. I really began to gain confidence in myself and I had this strong desire to challenge myself to do even more.
Well… guess what? I am continuing to challenge myself and a few days ago I signed p for my very first full marathon. What?!?! A marathon… this is seriously something I never in my wildest dreams thought I would ever do. I had always wanted to do it… but I never thought someone like me could.
All of my New Year’s resolutions taught me something about myself and this one… this one taught me that
Yes, I am terrified that I have committed myself to a marathon… but in the same breath I am absolutely ecstatic that I am getting the chance to push my body to the limits. I am doing something that I will always be able to look back on with pride.
I loved reading Heather’s story! I can relate to her feelings about running her first half and thinking she was crazy for signing up for a full marathon. All of those thoughts went through my head at some point. I hope her story brings you some motivation and gives you some inspiration!
For more on Heather please check out her blog What the heck…Why not? and read more of her posts below!
Finishing the Heartland 39.3 series
First race of 2014- Groundhog 10k
Race #2- Sweetheart Run with my boyfriend AJ
Race #3 Big 12 5k (got a 5k PR)
Garmin (2nd half in series)
Rock the Parkway (first half EVER)
Jazz in the Woods 5k (I got 2nd place in my age group-first time ever!)
My mom and I at my latest race
Thank you for sharing your story Heather! 🙂