Feb 21, 2011

Do It! Register for a 1/2 Marathon!

I never thought I would ever be able to complete a 5K. I never thought I would be able to complete a 10K. Hey let's face it, I never thought I would be able to complete a mile run/walk. BUT I DID! I did those and so much more. I complete not one, but TWO half marathons!! Yes, they were a year apart, but I still did it!

My sister was very instrumental in getting me to commit to my first 1/2 Marathon. She encouraged me and coached me. She helped me see that if I believed in myself, I could do anything. I have taken this lesson with me through MANY things these past two years. When I felt deflated and like I would not be able to make it, I remembered what I felt like at mile 8...and I powered through!

So, how did I decide to do this...twice? Well, here are my reasons:
1) It is the BEST feeling to cross that finish line
2) It encourages me to workout
3) It helps keep me on track...sometimes
4) It gives my sister and I an exclusive club and interest
5) BRAGGING rights!!

Many of you might be saying...I can't run, or I don't run. Well, neither do I.  I walk/jog. Yup. It took me 3:27.58 to complete my first race and 3:21.33. Hey, year 2 was a little faster =) The fact is I DID IT and I FINISHED! I am not a rock star like some and finish in 1:59 (my sister) or 2:21 (my cousin) but I finished all the same!

So, if you are interested in doing something like this, DO IT! Active is a great web site with great training tips, and listings for local events. REGISTER for one, and just do it!

REMINDER: Some times the registration fee can be a deterrent, don't let it be!  You usually gets tons of great items (shirts, bags, food, etc.) AND most are affiliated with charities and if you raise a certain amount, you might be able to get your race fee refunded...I did! =)

Here are some great events:
Aflac Iron Girl Series- events all over the country

Surf City- links up to the California Dreaming Series

Disneyland 1/2 Marathon and other events- also has family events

Warrior Dash- 3 mile mud run  & activities

GOOD LUCK! Let me know of your adventures!

Photo Credit: Me, my Mom and my FIL


Lacey said...

Thats wonderful!!!! Congrats on your running accomplishments. I've done a couple 5ks and loved them but I hate hate hate to run. I just don't know how to love it. I want to be able to wake up and think I want to take a run this morning. Never have before. Found you on SITS:)

KDC Events said...

Lacey, I feel the SAME WAY!!!

Devonay said...

Awesome post! Thanks for following me! I've been following you too! ;)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Thanks so much for posting this! You're such an inspiration :)

It doesn't matter how fast you do it, it matters that you do it! That's MUCH more than most can say. I've heard about the couch to 5K program and I always mean to look it up and forget. I'll do that now.

Good job, Denice!!

KDC Events said...

That is SOOOO true Leeann! It does not matter how fast at all (although the course limit IS 6 hours...lol!)


Gaspegirl said...

Hey that sounds fun... I am planning on doing a 5K this fall but am not even considering a 1/2 marathon - yet!

Visiting from SITS, make it a great day!

Jennifer said...

Wow I am so jealous. That's one of my life goals. I really need to get back into jogging and trying to lose weight. This post has me motivated. Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog. I am looking forward to following you guys, and love getting good ideas from other bloggers. Maybe I'll go for a walk today just because of this post. Thanks again!

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