Luck of the Run: Minimal Training, Maximum Willpower | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


Yesterday I was pretty proud of myself. I ran 6 miles. That’s the farthest I’ve run so far to train for my half marathon. My excitement fizzled out, however, when I came to the inevitable realization that my half marathon is in TWO WEEKS….and I’m not even up to half the distance!

I maintain that I can partially blame this on my hip injury from over the summer (I’m still in physical therapy). But the fact that I really want to run the whole thing hasn’t changed. Next week, I’ll attempt 7 miles, and then I’ll just have to suck it up and see if I can knock out all 13.1 on Oct. 19. I’m running the Rock ‘N Roll Half in Denver.

I’ve trained for one half marathon before this where I actually trained. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to run it due to the Colorado Flood in September 2013, so this is my official first half….and I feel a little unprepared.

That same day, though, I came across an essay in the NY Times that slightly eased my racing-ability apprehension.   this essay in the NY Times published on Sept. 30, 2014. It’s about a woman who ran a marathon without training at all…but there’s a little more to it than that (title: Marathon training tips for the lonely wife)

It got me thinking, though: How many people have entered a physical competition, race, obstacle course, or show of some sort without training? I’m sure some of you have stories – and I want to know them! Plus, it will help me feel better about my upcoming half. I’m counting on those stories, live band music, and fastidiously praying that my body doesn’t give out at mile 8 to carry me through this race.

So, have you attempted a physical feat without any sort of training? How did it go?

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