How we got started running long distances – a look back

For those of you who have been friends on Facebook and Instagram know that Ralph and I run.  We have run different distances since 2012.  We are in the middle of training for another marathon in November, the Space Coast Marathon.  When I started running, I blogged about it.  I wanted to hold myself accountable to train and finish every race I ran.  I also wanted to inspire others who were just as the most unlikely person to ever take up this sport as me!  I have moved my blog to this new address but still keep the other as I have some useful information still in it.  I will continue to write about our adventures in running in the hopes that you, too, will take it up.  I would like to share how we got started running longer distances.  I wrote about it in on October 2012 post.  

Here is the original post.

Half marathon, half crazy! 

Well, I have done the unthinkable and registered for the 2013 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon to be held on February 24, 2013!  Me, with only a handful of 5Ks (3.1 miles) under my belt is daring to run 13.1 miles! That’s the distance from my house to the Melbourne Square Mall and back! So of course, you’d ask – have I lost my mind?  Well, hear me out on this.  As serendipity would have it, last week I read that one of my favorite financial consultants, Jean Chatzky, has run a handful of half marathons and lived to tell about it.  She is probably a real runner than I am, but I thought, if she can do it, so can I.  Then while flipping through channels the other day, I flipped on the Sex and The City movie just as “Carrie” and “Charlotte” were discussing why “Charlotte” had not run since she got pregnant.   Her fear of losing the pregnancy stopped her from running and eventually got back to it and still carried her baby to term.  Even fictional characters are running, then why can’t I.

But most of all, I found out that little Clare, the 2 year old daughter of one of my co-teachers, just had her first dose of chemotherapy yesterday. She is fighting the biggest battle of all, leukemia.  I don’t know the pain that she is going through and I can only imagine the pain that her parents are going through.  The beneficiary of the run is the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I am going to endure the pain of running for over 2 hours to help raise awareness of this disease and fund research for a cure.

So am I crazy?  Of course I am, because I’m not Jean Chatzky or “Charlotte”.  I’m Joy who, while running 5Ks, is cursing my way through the course thinking why did I ever sign up for this?  What could possibly possess me to embark on such a seemingly insurmountable goal?   Well, maybe I just want to say in the end that I did it – check it off the proverbial bucket list.  Simple as that.  There is plenty of time to train. Honestly, I am truly terrified at the thought of running for 13.1 miles but I know I can do it and expect to live to tell about it!  I hope you follow me as I share my successes and failures through every run as I prepare for that big day.

Let the 127-day countdown till the half marathon begin!

Update since this post:
Jean Chatzky – I still follow her for information on family finance and retirement information.  You may follow her on her blog here.
Sex and the City – I still love to watch reruns of this show.  In fact, my daughter Erin, gave me DVDs of the entire series for one of my birthdays!
Clare – she won the battle against leukemia and is now a healthy 7  year old!

Author: Joy

I am a wife, mom and teacher. My husband and I are now empty nesters but excitedly awaiting our first grandson in January.

4 thoughts

  1. I’m so so happy that the young girl is okay! Runs like this are so important, I really want to do half marathons when I’m older, is there a specific age for it? Xx

  2. Thank you for your comment:-) Yes, she has grown taller and just a cutie! I don’t think there is a specific age to start running a half marathon. I know a friend’s son who ran it as young as 16. xoxo

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