Two months ago I made the decision to stop letting fear make decisions for me by telling me that I could never be a runner. My Dad is a marathon runner, my husband is a runner, my best friend just ran her first 1/2 marathon, why couldn’t I do it too? I cry anytime someone tells me they ran a half or a full, and it’s partially because I feel extreme pride for them for training for and completing something that challenging, but the the other half of it is because I’ve always told myself I could never have that same accomplished feeling for myself. Well, to hell with that because I just signed up for a half marathon. I’m signed up to run the Nike Women’s DC half on April 27th of next year. But I’m not doing it alone, I’m doing it with Jerrell from Style & Sucre and my dear friend Laura, the crazy one that convinced me to do this in the first place. But even crazier, I’m asking you to join us in our training.
Because Jerrell, Laura and myself are all living in different states, we have created an accountability system between us, a circle of encouragement and motivation. Jerrell is the only one of us that has run a half marathon before, but she herself will admit that committing to running this will be the same sweat and tears that come out in the form of long runs, swollen knees and sore muscles that Laura and I will experience. But guess what? We all couldn’t be more excited. Laura, Jerrell and myself are all starting from scratch. Training for this as brand new runners that haven’t accomplished anything like this before. We’re pushing each other, learning new techniques and encouraging each other after every goal we hit. We are creating this virtual accountability system to make sure that every one of us crosses that finish line and does something we are proud of, and we want you to join us.
Have you ever run a long race before? Me either, but I’m going to and I want you to do it with me. Maybe not the DC half, but I want you to commit to an insane running goal and do it with us. Jerrell and I are so excited about doing this race together and we had an idea, what if we create a network of accountability partners for all of us training for a race anytime from January-May of 2014? Wouldn’t you like to have constant encouragement from team mates, get tips from real runners and learn and grow along side us? Everything is better on a team, so why not join ours? Sign up now, get on our list to receive weekly e-mails with tips and stories from professionals, encouragement from us and others and running schedules and to get access to our private facebook group that is just for you. It’s our place for everyone in the group to post their results, to encourage each other everyday and to motivate one another to get out there and run!
Look, we’re no better than you. In fact, you’re probably better than we are and we could learn a thing or two from your experience, but we want to do this together. No matter where you are in the world, we want you to feel like you’re a part of something, a part of a group of girls that will support you and teach you and learn with you and help you cross that finish line at any cost.We want your expertise and your experience and your tips and your favorite running shoes and running pants. We’re creating a community of women that want to do something they’re proud of everyday. Is that you? I hope so. We’re all busy. Jerrell is in law school, Laura is in grad school, I am busy making hair videos (haha), but we’re choosing to carve out time each day to run, reach out goals and encourage one another in the process. If we can find time, you can too.
I have decided that I’m going to do something that I’m proud of. I’m going to put on my running shoes and run everyday until 13.1 miles doesn’t scare me. I’m going to push myself, encourage myself and learn to be a runner and on April 27th when I cross that finish line I’ll be able to say that I did something that I never thought was possible.
Commit to doing a race. Sign up for our group. Accomplish your goals. It’s that easy, and that rewarding.
We have some fun things up our sleeves with this one, you definitely don’t want to feel left out. Sign up today before you forget!
This is going to be SO much fun, I can’t wait to train with you.