A monthly post that sarcastically and often self-deprecatingly lists observations and helpful pointers from the perspective of a millennial woman training for her first half-marathon. These posts seek to evoke a sense of kinship, perhaps some sympathy, and hopefully provide some entertainment for those going through similar fitness journeys.
October 2017– 1 month until race day
1) Screw above-90-degree weather. 10/10 would not recommend trying to train in the heat.
2) Knowing you’ll look fit at your cousins wedding while also accepting that you’ll have one or all of the following an awkward sports bra, sock, and short tan lines in the majority of dress styles.
3) That oh-so blissful moment in running when you think you’re almost done and haven’t been checking your watch and you realize you’ve already finished your goal for the day.
4) Don’t be alarmed if your parent messages you worried about when you are on a run during dusk or evening hours. This is to be expected and assure them you’re being cautious.
5) Side bar: Reflective vests are neither cute nor helpful in terms of wind drag.
6) When you can tell your running shoes have seen better days and wonder how long they’ve looked this worn in.
7) Remove makeup before workout even if it requires a 5-minute half ass removal. Your skin will thank you.
8) Figure out what motivates you more: Reaching a certain amount of time or distance. You can better tailor your training program and you’ll push yourself more with an achievable yet challenging goal.
9) Doing physical therapy exercises doesn’t mean your weak, it means your mentally strong enough to realize your body’s shortcomings and desire to prevent lasting damage.
10) Remind yourself of all the reason why you decided to train for this event – and keep those things in mind in time you run moving forward.