Overcoming Reluctance or MOM RUN

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but I recently signed up to run a half marathon. Reluctant runner that I am, I have discovered that fear of too-tight jeans is not enough to keep me on the treadmill. I need a reason to run, a schedule, a do or die date, if you will.

The half marathon is a new race for me. When I started running, I ran for one year and decided to skip the usual race progression of 5k, 10k, etc and went straight to training for a marathon. Perhaps I was a bit overzealous. And stupid. Thirteen miles feels just right, as I’m coming off a summer of little to no physical activity. I’ve had a few friends tell me that the half marathon distance will change my life. If by change my life they mean it will make my thighs magically disappear, then I am IN. If I get to keep my toenails in the process, even better.

I suppose I better alert my running buddies that I’ll be coming around more often this Fall.

We do so enjoy one another’s company.

How about you? Any runners out there? What’s your favorite distance?



  • I totally understand being a reluctant runner and needing a challenge – mostly my name on an entry line – to keep me in the habit. I think the half marathon distance sounds nice (Hubby ran a full marathon and lost some toe nails – no thanks!), but right now I’m pretty happy when I can get in three or four miles. Perhaps another challenge needs to be in my future.

  • I’m still only a 5K-er. I haven’t been running for quite a year yet, and our move has definitely put the brakes on my running schedule, but I hope to get back in the saddle soon. Best of luck, Kimberly!