One day at a family get together, my sister Grace was trying to talk my muscle head brothers into running a half marathon. I decided that if she did it, then I could do it. I piped in that I would run the half. My family laughed. My sister-in-law didn't laugh because after all, she was married into our family and isn't quite as rude. She was probably originally just trying to make me feel better, so she said she'd run it with me. Then as my friends found out that I was going to "run a half marathon," they all conferred with each other that there was "no way in Hell." That, my friends, made me determined to run a freaking half marathon.
I had a couple months before I needed to start the training plan my sister had lined out for me. My friend Lindsey helped me do my pre-training, which mostly consisted of jogging 1/4 mile and walking 2 3/4 miles. Even though she was one of the only people who had really ever witnessed how out of shape I was, she still told me all the while that I would be able to complete the half I signed up for. When my first week of real training rolled around, my sister was about to move to Bangkok, Thailand. Yes, the one who convinced me to do this crazy thing in the first place was leaving me all alone to train for and run a half marathon. She did run a couple runs with me before she moved. I was still at the run-walk stage that was more walking than running, and after the first mile I wanted to walk already, but she told me that I needed to run some more before I started to walk. She said, "Michelle, you can do anything for ten minutes." I pushed a little further before walking, and at this point, I really can't remember if I pushed for ten for minutes or not. As my training progressed, I was more and more wary about being able to actually do the half. When I told my sister, the saying she had given to me as a mantra before had suddenly changed. She told me, "Michelle, you can do anything for three hours." What!? I thought it was only ten minutes! Then I really panicked, but in the end she was right.