Vowed to Run a Marathon This Year? Let Hedy’s Success Story Inspire You

A new year is a time to swear off unhealthy habits or start healthy ones| but don’t let scary stats like the fact that only eight percent of people stick to their New Year’s resolutions discourage you. Instead| be inspired by real people who came| saw| and conquered their goals. Like POPSUGAR copy editor Hedy Phillips| who decided that 2014 was the year she finally conquered a half marathon. Check out her inspiring New Year’s resolution success story below!

POPSUGAR Fitness: What was your resolution| and why did you make it?Hedy Phillips: My resolution for 2014 was to run a half marathon. I’ve wanted to do it for many years| but it was officially a resolution for this year. I’ve basically always hated running but saw it as an exercise that fit and healthy people did| and I am really trying to be a more healthy person. I have a friend who likes running who got me to run the San Francisco Giants 5K with her last summer| and that was my first official race. I pretty much sucked but decided I wanted to get better from there. I signed up for and ran five 5Ks this year| a 10K| and two half marathons. I gradually got better at running as time went on and am hoping to continue to improve.

PS: What were the factors that helped you be successful? HP: What really helped with my success was the support I had. I’ve had friends to run with| which made it so much more enjoyable. And my parents and fianc¨¦ were always asking me how it was going and telling me how proud they were.

PS: What one piece of advice would you give someone who is making the same resolution this year?HP: My advice is simple. Just get out there and do it. Even if you think you can’t. You have to try. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be able to run 13 miles. I’m the one who complained while running the entire mile in high school gym class during the fitness test. I loathed running. And when I finished my first half marathon in October| I actually cried at the finish line| because holy crap| I actually did it. It was amazing.

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