Today I got a text from George asking me what training plan I use for the marathon (Hal Higdon BTW). Apparently someone at work was asking. She ended the conversation by letting him know she thought I was crazy. Maybe I am? Naaaaaaaaaaah.
The reason I know I’m not crazy? ANYONE can run! Even a marathon. Ok ok ALMOST anyone. Some people may have physical limitations that wouldn’t allow them to complete a marathon but I’m talking about any normal every day person.
What is the key to running you ask? Commitment and dedication. That is ALL it takes. Ok well that and a nice pair of running shoes and hopefully some clothes that don’t cause chaffing.
Take my sister Amy for instance. At the beginning of last year she set out to do the Couch-to-5K running program. Having never been a runner, she had a tough time meeting the early running requirements. But, she stuck to it— she committed and her dedication paid off. On March 27th my sister rocked her first 5K! She went from doing NO RUNNING at all to running 3.1 miles.
Then there is my friend Dedie. Both Dedie’s son, Cooper and her husband Tim are runners. I
nagged incessantly gently encouraged Dedie to get out there and run with her husband and son. Somehow I convinced a non runner to sign up for the 1/2 marathon. Couch to 13.1 commenced. Dedie had done a few 5ks in the past but never trained or considered herself a runner. She went from almost NO RUNNING at all to running 13.1 miles in just 16 weeks.
I’m proud of my sister and my friend. They both set a goal, stuck to their training program and DID IT. It’s not rocket science. I am telling you ANYONE can do it. I’m not taking away from those of us that do run by saying anyone can do it, I’m merely pointing out it’s not as impossible as you think. We’re not crazy, we’re just committed and dedicated.