Since July 2009 I’ve had one goal in mind: lose weight. It was a lofty goal, as I had between 115 and 120 pounds to lose. I’m not there yet, but I’m very close. Like, within 5 to 8 pounds — depending on what I ate for dinner the night before I step on the scale. But I’m ready to start working on a new goal as I wrap this one up. That new goal? Running a half marathon.
As someone who just started running within the last year, a half marathon is a daunting task. I mean, it’s 13.1 miles! I love running, much to my own surprise and amazement. But 13.1 miles is like real running. For, like, real runners.
I regularly run 15 to 20 miles a week. I run races — topping the age divisions on more than one occasion. I run in the dark, in the snow, in the rain. I own running tights — and I wear them. I have a RoadID, for crying out loud.
But I still have a hard time seeing myself as a runner. Though, when you run, that’s kinda what you are. So that’s what I am. And I’m learning to embrace it. Enter the Bayshore Half Marathon.
I chose to run the Bayshore Half Marathon in my hometown because I knew I’d have my support team fully in place and cheering me on throughout the course — something I’m absolutely going to need to help get me through. I also know it’s a fairly flat course. And, I know the course well — it starts within three miles of the house I grew up in and finishes near my high school. So, it’s the perfect choice for my biggest, most intimidating race yet.
Naturally, I’m anxious about the race. It’s a big deal for me, as it would be for any first-time half marathoner. But, more than that, I’m eager for the race. It’s giving me something healthy I can focus on instead of the scale. It’s so easy to become chained the scale on a journey to a life of health and fitness. I mean, losing weight was the point all along. It’s only natural to use the scale to measure that. But I’m sick of being beholden to a machine that is known to play tricks depending on what I ate or what I didn’t, what I was wearing or what I wasn’t, what I drank or what I didn’t, what day of what week in the month it was. I know that I’m healthier, happier and fitter than I was in July 2009. And I don’t need the scale to tell me that — I can feel it when I slide into my running shoes at 5 in the morning.
So now I move on to focusing on lifestyle goals that work with the person I am now and not the person I was then. And this gal, right now? She’s a runner at a healthy body size with healthy stats and healthy self esteem. And she’s ready for her first half marathon. Well, not ready ready. Training actually doesn’t start until Sunday. But she’s ready for her training.
Tell me, what are your non-weight-loss health and fitness goals?