Several years ago I determined that it was time for me to start taking better care of my health. I decided I should try to eat better and exercise. Over the years I fell into the habit of eating a lot of processed freezer foods as well as fast food. I also worked in an environment where it was quite easy to become sedentary. I also discovered that the older I got, the harder it became to keep the weight off.
I was fortunate enough to meet a lady that was willing to help me and to encourage me to take better care of myself. She introduced me to better eating options and encourage getting off the soda. I love a Coke, and that has probably been one of my biggest downfalls in this endeavor so far. I also love my chocolate, especially dark, so whenever a holiday of some sorts comes around I succumb to those cravings.
However, one thing I found I truly enjoy in my quest has been running. I have several family members who took up this activity and it piqued my interest. About four years ago I started to run. Wow, was it hard. I couldn’t even run a mile. I couldn’t breath. My legs hurt. My back hurt. I had to ask my daughter in law how she did it. I had to research. I had to actually buy good shoes. After some research and perseverance I was able to run that mile, then two, then three. Once I reached my first 5k I thought this isn’t to bad. Then I looked at what average times for a 5k run were, and I determined I still needed to work harder.
Just over a year and a half ago I finally ran seven miles. I was so proud of myself. But several hours later my legs and body were sore, sore, sore. I could barely walk. I had overdone it without working up to such a goal.
After I recovered I saw an ad for the Lake Powell Half Marathon show up on my Facebook newsfeed. I shared it with my family and challenged them to run it with me, I didn’t expect to receive any takers, and I honestly didn’t think I had it in me to run 13.1 miles. To my surprise, my son-in-law took me up on the challenge. I was now committed.
Once the challenge was on, I began looking for opportunities to run in organized events. One that I was familiar with was the annual Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run. This race is run just a few miles from my home in the Hagerman Valley at the Malad Gorge State Park. so I thought it would be a great place to start. However, during my training I injured myself so this race would have to wait. I then discovered the Spirit of Magic Valley Half Marathon being run in Twin Falls. I saw it was coming up in early June so I paid my entry fee and committed myself to running in this event. After a lot of hard work, on June on 4th 2016, I completed my first half marathon in just over 2 hours and 14 minutes. What an accomplishment this was for me
Throughout the summer I continued to train and on October 15, 2016 I ran the Lake Powell Half Marathon. It was awesome. The most awesome part was that I was able to complete the race in a faster time than my previous run at about 2 hours 7 minutes, plus I finished sooner than my son-in-law (he is very competitive). I had now completed my second half marathon.
There really isn’t a running season, you can run whenever the weather allow you to do so, and in actuality, weather only stops you if you allow it to. My next race is coming up soon and I am working on getting back into running shape after taking time off due to the holidays and the snow we have had this year.
On March 18th 2017, the Hagerman Valley Chamber of Commerce will hold the 27th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run/Walk. This is a family friendly event that offers a variety of events based on your own comfort level. They offer a 3.5 and 5.5 mile walk/run and a half marathon (13.1 mile) run event. The event is held at the Malad Gorge State Park, which is one of several State Parks located around the beautiful Hagerman Valley. The race is officially timed, and awards are presented for various finishers in designated age groups, there is also a prize for best costume!! So, come join me for a run along the Malad River Gorge and take in the beautify that surrounds the Hagerman Valley.
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