Back in July of this year, I blogged about how I had embarked on a new exercise regimen in hopes of getting ready for the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February 2012. At the time, the whole process was a little rocky. Since then, though, I have progressed to actually start running—some.
The other day, with the race looming over my head and the weeks ticking away, I started researching more concrete training plans than the one I had been following, which was rather sporadic and unfocused.
As I was reading all the plans I discovered that:
1. I’m in way over my head.
2. I needed a mantra.
The plans recommended repeating the mantra for inspiration. They offered some examples, but none of them really resonated with me. Plus I was pretty certain I’d forget them. But one thing I did know I could remember were prayers. So I gave it a shot. Run one Hail Mary, walk an Our Father. Run a Hail Mary, walk a Glory Be. Hey, this could work . Before I knew it I was running my way through the rosary, with an occasional “Dear, God, help me” thrown into the mix.
First I’d alternately run and walk the individual prayers. As I got a little stronger, I would run a decade, then walk a decade. Before I knew it, I was running more than I was walking, with God running right along with me.
Now If I can just figure out how many rosaries make up 13.1 miles, I’ll be all set for the race in February.