Wednesday, March 22, 2006


Today was the day I began my 1/2 marathon training.
I stepped up to the challenge and did my speed training today. I was actually quite apprehensive about the speed training as I had heard things from a couple people about how difficult it is and how exhausted they were after.
So as I stood there on the treadmill, poking at the buttons and inputting data requested (ie. weight, incline, time, speed) I didn't know what to expect.
I started with a warm up jog for about 15 minutes. Nothing too out of control. It was then that I realized that I have improved.
Before I joined the gym I was probably in the worst shape of my life. Not that I'm 40 lbs over weight or anything, but I recognize my lack of energy and lack of clothes that fit as a result of bad eating habits and not exercising.
So after I jogged and felt adequately warmed up...I realized something. I was warmed up! Not exhausted, not too tired to actually start RUNNING...but really, honestly warmed up!
Then was the run.
I began the sprint. Faster, faster, faster...and then I felt like I was flying!
Now I'm not a HUGE fan of running. I'd rather go swimming or biking or hiking.
This was the first time I'd enjoyed running.
And I felt really, really good!
In fact, as I've been learning about endurance in my life as it relates to tasks and trials and spiritual things going on in my life, I wanted to push myself and go an extra 20, 30 or 40 seconds at the sprinting speed. And I did it!
It was a good run and I know that not all of my runs will be exhilerating, but it's encouraging to experience improvement, enjoyment and to break past those "walls" by pushing myself to go just a bit further.
Let the training begin!


  1. yeah i totally realized the same thing after i started running and excersicing regularly...that my lack of clothes that fit right, lack of energy, and not feeling so great about myself was the result of not taking care of myself. not that my body has changed drastically since i have but it just makes such a HUGE difference on how i feel about myself. it feels SO good when you push yourslf (reasonably) and get to that goal!!

    but wow. 1/2 marathon!! amazing...maybe someday I can do it haha. Until then I will cheer you, Amanda Wong and Russ :)!

  2. oh man! there's nothing more motivating than that vaness! good stuff! i'm so happy that you are ENJOYING pushing yourself! endorphins RULE! hahaha

    p.s. niiice i-pod


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