Learning to run…

So I did something I never thought I’d do. I registered for a half freakin’ marathon…wtf! Me? The girl who gets winded walking up 3 flights of stairs every day after work to her car!? Yup that girl just registered for the Run like a Diva half marathon in September! I’m not sure what came over me yesterday when I was on the Diva’s website looking at their races. I mean I could’ve certainly registered for their 5k but nooo something inside of me said to register for the half marathon (only after I paid my dues did I look up how many miles a half marathon actually is, Lord help me!). It could have been the fact that they want you to dress up like a pink diva, or maybe the blinged out diva medal they give you once you complete the race (that’s obviously screaming my name), or could it be that I just wanted to prove myself wrong always thinking I would never be able to accomplish something of this magnitude? I’d say it’s a little of all 3 mixed into 1 but above all I want to do this for myself. I want to train my body to be in the best shape it’s ever been in and I’d love to learn how to love running. When people tell me “I love running 5+ miles a day that’s how I clear my head” I look at them like they’re crazy. Who loves running? My legs start feeling tight, sweat starts coming out of every pore in my body, and the worst part my boobs go crazy like a pair of untamed animals – I mean really what’s to love about any of that?

I have no idea what’s to love about that but I know I want try. I want to try running longer than I ever have at a pace that won’t kill me after 5 minutes. I want to try to look forward to coming home, putting on my sneakers, and heading out for a run to “clear my head”. I want to try and be that person who no one ever thought could push themselves to that level of achievement.

So this is my goal in the next 4 months: To build my endurance so that I’m able to run 13.1 miles under 3 hours. I’ve done research and found a 12 week guide for beginner runners which I’m excited to start using. Having a guide to follow is something that I know will really help me to stay in check with where I should be each week, progress wise.

So if any of you lovers of running out there have any helpful tips for this beginner please do share! I know i’ll need help and motivation throughout this entire process so please HELP!

Xo Jen


See I told you cutest medal EVER – I need it in my life!

Diva medal


  1. You can do it! I am also facing a huge race this fall and I am just now getting started with training. I’m doing the 10k Across the Bay (Chesapeake Bay Bridge) in November and I am terrified! I would love to see the 12 week guide you mentioned, would probably be helpful in getting my out of shape rear end back on track :)

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