I run more for emotional and mental fitness than to be physically fit, but the benefits of running spill into every aspect of my life. I’ve been running since I was 12, but had never committed to running more than 5 miles at a time.
Three months ago, shortly before my 48th birthday, I decided to go the distance and started to train for the Women´s Half Marathon in St. Petersburg, Florida, which I ran on Sunday Nov. 20.
Even though I’m now recovering physically from running the 13.1 miles, mentally and emotionally I still feel like I have runner’s high. When you set a goal and accomplish it, whether it’s running a half marathon, a full marathon, writing a book or getting your dream job, you feel like you can do anything else that you set out to accomplish.
To run any kind of long distance, it’s not enough to have physical stamina. Mental and emotional endurance is a must. That’s what carried me through the aches and pains of the body that, as I hit the pavement, I mentally equated to the challenges life often brings our way.
I could run for friends and acquaintances lost to illnesses. I could run to set an example to my kids of what a woman can do. I could run to show myself that I am capable of setting a goal and reaching it, no matter what.
I ran, I smiled, I hurt, I doubted, I thought, I felt, I cried, I laughed, I endured, and … I did it!
I ran my first half marathon at 48, in 2.5 hours.
With a little help from:
- Bondiband, the wicking headband, which I recommend to any runner or exerciser who doesn´t want to have sweat dripping into her eyes. At $8 apiece it’s a great price.
- Also, Dr. Jart BB+ BeautyBalm stayed on throughout the race, providing sunscreen protection and a healthy glow.
- I used TruKid Sunny Days natural sunscreen to prevent sunburn on arms and shoulders. It worked!
- L’Occitane Aromachologie Purifying Deodorant helped me not scare away other runners without the harmful effects of an anti-perspirant.
- Arbonne Aromassentials Awaken Body Mist before and after the run was hugely refreshing, without being too strong.
- I’m a fan of the Fuel Belt, which I used to carry my own water, although when I ran out I also hydrated at the water stations. My sister bought me the belt at TJMaxx for under $10.
Disclosure: I received samples of all products from the manufacturers, except the Fuel Belt. I don’t review all samples, only those I tested and loved.