Have you ever competitively run? It seems like each spring and summer that my Instagram feed consists wholly of half-marathon finishers. While inspiring, I’ve never felt the desire to run. You know how some people’s gaits are streamlined, smooth, and seamless? Well, I’m a self-diagnosed pavement pounder. Every step I take gives me more reason to loathe running. That being said, I’m running in my first race this weekend!
I know, I’m crazy. I just went off about how much I hate running and how totally unenjoyable I find it to be. However, I’m doing it for a good cause. That alone makes me feel like everything will be alright and instills a sense of confidence within me.
Most people train before their first runs, I—again—prove to be contrary and have not trained requisitely. I did give up cheese and wine for the week, so in a way, I’ve made headway toward a healthier lifestyle already. I did do a bit of due diligence leading up to the starting line, and have been trying to follow the below rules about running your first race:
- Practice for the run you’re participating in
- Don’t push more than 10%
- Eat two hours before running
- 10 minute warm ups are your best friend
- If it hurts, take two days off
Wish me luck! Let’s hope my 3:45am PST start time doesn’t make for the worst Monday. Thankful for Zerocater and in-office breakfast to start the week!