The Fall and Winter Marathon seasons are fast approaching, and organizations that train both seasoned and beginning runners are gearing up for a busy fall schedule. The urge to begin a new, challenging goal has been nagging at me for a while and so I decided to ‘run’ for it! Houston Fit, an award-winning training program for anyone wanting to run a full or half marathon, started their season a few weeks ago and I signed up! Full Marathon – NO! Half Marathon – YES! I needed a new goal for myself and running a half marathon seemed the perfect thing for me.
Did I need to join an organization like Houston Fit in order to train for a Half Marathon? No, except for the fact that I needed some motivation. I am a loner by habit. I run alone. I compete alone. I am also an extravert. I need to be around people. I find it difficult to just walk up to someone and start talking. But once I do, watch out! I gab a mile a minute. Joining Houston Fit was a good way for me to be around people, run with people, compete with people, and motivate myself to stick with the training program and finish the race. Not only am I learning about how to train for a marathon through their daily schedule of activities, but I also attend their Saturday morning seminars that are held after the morning runs. Their topics include nutrition, hydration, sport injuries, proper running shoes, and Core exercises, to name just a few. I love learning and really enjoy the topics.
The primary way I find to keep myself motivated, to stick with the training regimen, is to Run for A Reason. I feel that I can finish my goal if I know someone is depending on me to do just that. So I signed up to raise funds for my charity, Child Advocates, Inc. Not only am I a runner, weight-lifter, fitness buff, and a computer programmer, I am also a volunteer as a Court Appointed Advocate for children who have been removed from their homes because of child abuse. This organization, Child Advocates, is there for children who would otherwise be forgotten by the system. I am running to raise funds for Child Advocates, for my three children that I am monitoring before final placement, for all the children that are being helped through this wonderful organization. You can help me by learning more about Child Advocates, Inc. and by helping me reach my fundraising goals. Not only am I running to reach my goal of completing the Half Marathon in January 2012, I am also running for my children! You can be a part of that goal by checking out my link:
Are you ready to find a challenging goal for yourself? It can be running, kayaking, horseback riding…anything your heart desires! Don’t be afraid! Go for it ! Live life! Reach for the stars!