My 13.1 Mile Journey – Part 2

In my last post, I shared with you WHY I decided to run my first half marathon.  So I thought for this post I would share with you HOW I did it.

I started writing, making lists of the cool products I found and plans I followed, but does all that really matter?  What worked for me, worked for me, but it may not work for you.

For example, before I started to seriously run, I decided the smartest thing I could to prevent injury was to loose some weight.  So, I found The Fast Metabolism Diet, by Haylie Pomroy.  Her plan really resonated with me, but it requires a lot of cooking.  I love to cook, so that’s not a problem for me.  But what if cooking isn’t your thing?  You’re gonna say, “Thanks, for nothing, Karen.”

So instead of me sharing my favorite flavor of Gu or what running plan I decided to follow*, I want to share with you the most important thing I did to get me to the finish line.  I formulated a team.  My team consisted of family and friends that cheered me on every step of the way.

My number one teammate, who happens to be my soul mate, was my husband Bill.  We ran the race together and practically every training run.  I would have bailed early in the process if it weren’t for him.  Thanks, Honey.

My Mom, who lives with me and Bill, enthusiastically did the diet with us and in the process lost over 30 pounds.  My hairstylist, John, who does crazy endurance racing for fun, shared with me all the tips and tricks he could each month while in his chair.  I frequently left the salon with a list of things to research, along with my kick-ass hairdo.  Though these two didn’t run a step with me, they were an integral part of the team and I am grateful for their support.

Bill’s cousins, Liz and Sarah did run the race with us.  It was their first half marathon too and it was so cool to share the whole process with them.  We shared inspirational running quotes on Facebook throughout our training and when my monkey mind was driving me crazy before the race, these two wise 20 somethings reminded me that I put in the work, so I just needed to trust the process.

This post is starting to feel like an Oscars speech, and there are so many more people I would love to thank.  But since the music is playing, I just want to summarize with this, you can achieve anything with the support of a great team and by doing the work.  So whatever your vision is, ask for help, surround yourself with great people and get at it.

*Note:  If you are thinking of running a half marathon and want specifics, just pop me a note below.  I would love to be on your team.  In the meantime, try the Vanilla Bean Gu Energy Gel.  Tastes just like roasted marshmallows.

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