Thursday, November 11, 2010

To the Women that Inspire...

Over the last month or so I have been reading a lot more healthy living blogs in an effort to live more healthfully. I have a few tried and true stand-bys that I read regularly, but recently I have been expanding my blog horizons. In the last two years I have developed a fascination with running. It seems like a great cardio workout, it's free (sort of), and there is always a sense of accomplishment (and competition) when you've completed a new distance, or a new race. But what has always held me back was the thought that I would never be able to do it. I had various (and seemingly valid) excuses from, being overweight (talk about catch 22, huh?), and shin splints, to self-doubt.

I was always the kind of person that said I wouldn't run unless being chased. But reading these blogs with all of these strong, women logging their experiences. Bobbi at the Chicago Marathon, Hillary's experience at the Nike Women's Marathon, Jen at the Marine Corps Marathon, and Skinny Runner Sarah at the NYC Marathon. I can't help but feel inspired.

So, here in front of everyone, I'm putting it out in the universe, publishing it on the interwebs,

I am going to run a 5K.

Well, that's the plan anyway. I found a pretty nifty 8-week training program on Runner's World that I think might work for me. I like that on the days that I'm running it's a run/walk pace, and it alternates with an easy 30 minute walk. It seems easy enough that I can still maintain my body blitz without too much fatigue. It's only an additional 30 minutes a day, and there is an Anytime fitness right near Time Out so I can get it all done at one time (sort of-I do have to drive a couple blocks).

I found a 5K that will take place right here in the Mini Apple about a month after my 8 week training is up. I want to continue training for a 10K after my 5K calendar finishes. I need to keep making goals, that's how I work. But before I get to ambitious I need to take it one step at a time, finish my Body Blitz, finish the 8 week 5K training, continue running, and run the Valentine's Day TC 5K. That is what I need to do. That is what I will do.

And this is all because of a few women in the blogging community that I am navigating my way through. So, to those women, to those women that share their lives, and experiences every day, to those women that inspire myself, and so many of us to be faster, healthier, stronger, smarter, better, I thank you.

Thank you,
Hannah L.


  1. Hannah - thank you so much for sharing this post with me. I am incredibly touched to hear that my journey to the Marine Corps Marathon inspired others.

    I think it is so amazing that you are committing to run your first 5k. Trust your training plan and know that there will be hard days where you will question why you're doing it but the payoff is crossing the finish line. I assure you that there is NOTHING like that feeling. When training gets tough just picture yourself crossing the finish. I can't tell you how many times I did that during marathon training!

    You will be awesome! I can't wait to read about your race recap. :)

  2. Thanks Jen! I appreciate you reading this and sharing your experiences! It's been a lot of fun being on your journey with you, and I hope that soon I will be one in a group of amazingly strong women that find so much joy in crossing the finish line!


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