Honestly, I didn’t plan on this happening. I never planned on running a marathon. All I really wanted to do was lose some weight. I enjoyed walking. Not running. As a matter of fact, if someone asked me if I liked running or hated it, a year ago, I would have said, “I most definitely hate it!”

So, buckle up and follow along (click the links and you’ll get the full stories), here’s how I went from a couch potato to a marathon runner in one year:

October 14, 2012
I watched Preston run in his first 5k. I kinda wanted to be able to do that. But, just a 5k, though, none of those other races. Those half and full marathons are crazy. I didn’t even really know how long a half or a full marathon was and I didn’t care. And I kept hearing people talk about these “Couch to 5k” programs, so I went ahead and googled it. I found an app and decided on Monday I was gonna do it.

October 22, 2012
The first day of running was much harder than I ever expected it to be. Here’s the post where I documented my 6-week “couch to 5k” plan. It sucked. I still hated running.

December 1, 2012
The first race I had ever run in. It was 4 miles (0.9 miles more than my plan was supposed to take me). I did it. I didn’t die. I talked about this race in the link above. This is the night, Preston and I decided we would run a half marathon in five months. That’s 13.1 miles for anyone who hates running like I use to.

December 3, 2012
The first day of my half marathon training. I really had no plan on how I was going to actually go from running four miles (you know, that one time I ran four miles in one race) to running 13.1 miles. I knew I just had to get out there and start running.

December 30, 2012
I ran 5 miles today! Furthest I’ve ever run.

January 1, 2013
A new year. A new beginning. “The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own–no apologies or excuses–no one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours–it is an amazing journey–and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins” Bob Moawad

January 12, 2013
Running is hard. You’re gonna get hurt. But get back up and keep going. “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” A League of Their Own.

January 20, 2013
Halfway to the half. I just ran 6.6 miles!

February 17, 2013
7 miles and still smiling!

March 3, 2013
It’s been 2 weeks since I’ve done any running. Four days of which I spent in Vegas. I totally got back out there and ran 8 miles!

March 16, 2013
Today was a big day for me. I knew if I could knock out 10 miles I’d be able to run a half marathon. And I did it. I just ran 10 miles!

March 22, 2013
Check 11 miles off the list, I totally just ran that.

April 12, 2013
A little healthier eating equals a little easier run. BTW, I just ran 12 miles.  And here’s how I felt after. Ha

April 20, 2013
My first official 5k race! Only two weeks until I run a half marathon, guess I better not get hurt.

April 27, 2013
One week before the race.

May 2, 2013
Three days before the race. I’m scared.

May 5, 2013
Today is the day I ran my first ever half marathon! I’m on top of the world (to the tune of the song by Imagine Dragons). And, here’s how I felt after.

May 8, 2013
What? You mean you think you can run a full marathon in 5 months? Sure. Why not? This is the day I had convinced myself I would run a full marathon. And I’d be running it in 5 months. It’s only 26.2 miles. I got this. Right?

May 29, 2013
My sister signed me up for the full marathon today. No backing out now. “The body is never tired if the mind is not tired”

June 1, 2013
My first official 10k race!

June 5, 2013
It’s National Running Day and I didn’t run at all, but I blogged about it. “It’s hard in the beginning to understand that the whole idea is not to beat other runners. Eventually you learn the competition is against the little voice inside you that wants you to quit!” George Sheehan

June 16, 2013
Another race in the books. These races are actually kinda fun, when you’re not sweating tequila shots. Ugh.

June 18, 2013
A few of my favorite things. When I run I like to listen to music. I can’t figure out how anyone can run and not listen to music. I also like to wear a few other things too. Like sweat bands and wrist bands and compression socks. I don’t actually wear those skirts anymore. Too many butt shots. (:

June 22, 2013
The day after I turned 32, I ran my very first race with my sister. She’s training for her first half marathon while I train for my first full. Sisters gotta stick togetha.

June 29, 2013
The first week of marathon training. Everything is just fine. It’s fine. Fine. Fine.

July 17, 2013
The day I realized this running a marathon won’t be a walk in the park. Maybe running only once a week (like I did with my half) won’t really work. Bummer.

July 19, 2013
Running hurts when you do it. Running hurts when you don’t. Just do it. 

August 3, 2013
If you think it’s fun, your kids will think it’s fun. My kids totally think running is fun!

August 18, 2013
I ran 14 miles. The furthest I’ve ever run. EVER!

August 25, 2013
You are going to want to give up. Trust me. I ran 15 miles, but I was ready to quit at 12.

August 31, 2013
I ran 15 miles, but I was supposed to run 17. “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” Henry Ford.

September 7, 2013
I ran 16 miles and it was awful.

September 20, 2013
I ran 20 miles. I ran 20 miles. I ran 20 miles!

October 5, 2013
Our first marathon as a family.

October 10, 2013
Worrying doesn’t help you win.

October 11, 2013
What are my odds of dying during a full marathon? Don’t worry, I googled it.

October 13, 2013
My very first full marathon!

October 14, 2013
How I felt after running 26.2 miles

So there it is, folks. That’s how I went from a couch potato to a marathon runner in one year. If I can do it, you can do it. I can’t wait to hear your success stories. Oh, that photo at the top of the blog… That’s my actual keychain. It’s pretty sweet, huh? I have my husband’s boss to thank for that.

Check back soon, I still have some advice to share about this whole marathon business. But I keep coming up with other blog posts in between.

4 Thoughts on “How I went from a couch potato to a marathon runner

  1. Kendra,

    This is seriously inspirational. I actually cried when I read your original post after the marathon. So awesome. I tried couch to 5k once and hate every single minute of it. I don’t know if I could even try it again. But you give me hope!! Way to go, by the way!

  2. Blendra on October 17, 2013 at 9:19 pm said:

    Thank you. Seriously, it means so much to me to read the comments. I never, ever, ever thought I would be here. I was always the one walking the mile in gym class. Haha, I’m sure you saw me. (: I hated running. It’s just such a change. I’d say give it another shot at running. (; And feel free to ask me any questions along the way!

  3. Awesome job, Blendra! There’s something so wonderful about surprising the heck out of yourself by doing something you never thought possible. You should be so proud of yourself!

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