Hi Hailey !
Your post sounds exactly like what I would've written 6 months ago. I've never been athletic, ran one mile one time when I was 15 (and I'm 40)and no one could ever imagine me doing a marathon (more motivation for me :). I started by going to the gym an walking on the treadmill 2-3 miles at ~ 3.5 mi/hr. I slowly increased the speed and eventually the distance. I did this 3-4 times per week. After I did this for 3 months I felt that I was self-motivated and commited enough to do this on my own, I signed up for Team In Training with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Originally I planned on doing a 1/2 marathon, walking. But when I saw that the fundraising amount ($5300) was the same for the 1/2 as the full, I signed up for the full. One of the mentors suggested that I sign up for the walk/run, so I did - I was in need of a challenge and new that I could do the walk the marathon ! My marathon is 7 weeks away and I have been mostly running (not terribly fast, but I'm running !). My RHR has gone down significantly, my HDL (good cholesterol) was 85 last time it was checked, I've lost 22 pounds and gone down 6 pant sizes, I sleep like a baby (and was an insomniac)and when I walk in the office in the morning I am actually happy and not grouchy ! I'm an over achiever and have actually started to be more realistic about how fast I CAN run, not how fast I would like to run. I've stopped comparing myself to other runners and in the process both got faster and enjoyed it more. I've made a huge commitment to train and fundraise and can't tell you where I have found the self discipline to do this. I mean I get up at 4:30 am on Saturday to go do my runs before the Florida sun starts frying me. I am also proud to say that I am one of the top fundraisers for my chapter ! If you want to do it, you can do it !
Only you can make the decision ... By the way, I plan to keep on running after this. I actually love it ! and I can eat whatever I want !!!
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