training has begun!
Today was my first day of training with the YMCA, and it was GREAT. I was the only runner there (the group is made up of runners, walkers, and run/walkers), so I got one-on-one training with a seasoned marathon veteran. I usually run in the mornings after a 12-hour shift at work, so I was amazed at my energy level after a full 6 hours of sleep. We ran a 5k in under 31 minutes (9:56 pace).... over a minute faster than my 5k last Sunday! I also managed to pull out a 7 min pace for the last 1/4 mile of the run. I've never had the self motivation to push myself at the end, so that was a proud moment. My coach was so encouraging and really made me confident that I WILL run this 13.1 miles and am more than capable of doing it. He seems to think I'll break 2 hours.... as long as I break 2:30 I'll be happy. There should be plenty of half marathons in my future to work on better times :)
If you haven't already, please donate to the Restore Ministries of the Middle TN YMCA to fund my training! I need to raise $125 by next week, and another $125 in the weeks to come. Your help is greatly appreciated!