Tuesday, June 3, 2008

A New Goal: 13.1 Miles

I have a new goal and I'm so excited about it! It's something I've ALWAYS wanted to do and now I'm going to do it.

I am going to run a 1/2 marathon. Yep, that's right. I'll have that 13.1 sticker on my car. My time frame is very doable. I'm signing up for the Kiawah Half Marathon to take place on December 6, 2008. That gives me 6 months to prepare and get ready. I talked to Jeff about it and he is all for it and we are going to make a weekend of it...a get away with a little exercise thrown in. The most I've run is a 10 miler and that's been a few years, so this will be a challenge and give me good reason to keep up my workouts. I'll begin charting my progress and my training on this blog. Right now, I'm walking about 5 miles a day, but not all at one time. I'm running some, but only a little at a time. I'm going to keep building until I've built up. I'm going to find a training program online. I'll share it when I decide which one I'm doing.

Is there anyone out there that wants to join me? Not necessarily with running a race, but setting a goal? Come on ladies, let's go. Set a goal and go for the prize. I'm so excited!




Michelle Bingham said...

WOW Melissa! Way to go! That is so cool. I know you will do great!

Amy L Brooke said...

You go girl! I'm trying to lose 4lbs before She Speaks. Sigh, I've hit a plateau . . . .

I probably couldn't run with you, but I would walk with you one morning at She Speaks if you want or I could watch run . . . and yell encouragement!

Melissa said...

Thanks y'all. And Amy, I just left you an email. I'd love to walk to with you at She Speaks. Just call me when you get there or I'll be at the information desk all weekend.

Love to all,

Joyful said...


I've had a goal of eating healthy and exercising daily - and with a friend in Kansas holding me accountable each day - things are going great. I get weighed every Friday, and it's going well. It's funny how knowing we're going to be with 499 other women can inspire us to greatness. (I think the truthful term might be more 'comparison trap' or 'vanity' but I prefer to see it as 'greatness'!)

Having attended "She Speaks" before, I honestly don't know how you can fit anything else into your day...we're already running!!!

Love & prayers,

dapple said...

That is awesome! I have always wanted to run a marathon. That hope is gone for me. Before I was assaulted I was mountain biking 20 miles a week. I miss that so much. I have really thinking about handbiking. But they are so expensive. I hope to work up to two hours of stationary handbike before I buy one. This has my mind stirred. Thanks for the inspiration. Good luck.

Deb said...

Hi Melissa,
On my local christian radio station the had a lady talking about running a half marathon. If you go to www.wbcl.org and go to the side bar that says Mid-Morning and then go to the Mid-Morning home page there is a link for training for a half marathon. Also Weight Watchers has a how to walk a half marathon for anyone who would likt to train for that. It's great that you have set this goal and challenged the rest of us also.

Deb - Ohio

Digging for Pearls said...

Wow Melissa! I'm impressed. My husband and I just recently set the goal of walking 5 days a week for 30 minutes. So far we have stayed with it. We usually try to walk together, which makes it more fun.

Just wanted you to know that I will be praying for you as you prepare for She Speaks. Sure wish I could be there too.


Digging for Pearls said...

Hi Melissa,
How are you doing? I'm sure things are getting pretty hectic at the office as you are preparing for next week. Just wanted you to know that I am thinking about you and praying for you.

Tracy Fischlin said...

I too would like to build up to be able to run in another marathon. I ran 6.4 miles in the Sea Fair relay marathon last July 2007. My tread mill died on me and I used that as my excuse not to continue to train along with a lot of other excuses to simply not work out. Too quickly you lose your endurance and it's so hard to start all over. I'm glad I happened to read your blog. It has given me a new hope and motivation to start training again.
I love what you wrote about being beautiful. Too many times I've allowed the worldly ways and others words to discourage me. I believe God looks at me and thinks I'm Beautiful. I hope you have a Lovely vacation. May God you Bless you and inspire you with your writing.