"Choosing trust over doubt gets me burned once in a while, but I'd rather be singed than hardened." -Victoria Monfort

Monday, July 08, 2013

Training Just Got Serious!...

It's just a bit over a month until my next half marathon. In Virginia Beach. I'm not worried that I can't do it, because I've done it twice. I know what to expect, and I know my body well enough to know when to take it easy and when to push myself, and how it feels to run for 13.1 miles.

I have spent the last 8 months since my last half marathon focused on strength and core training, more than running.

This added training has actually made running easier for me! That is, when I run. 

I've been pretty lax about my running for a few months now. I've only gotten in a few miles here and there, vs. my usual runs 5 days a week... and the ones I've had, have been on the treadmill. 

My gym is right near the parks I like to run in. So, this weekend, after a class I decided I was already sweaty and gross, and I just needed to get out there.

And then it all came back.

I had forgotten what an outside run brings to the table. Not just the unknown terrain, that challenges my body, but the being outside. Battling the elements. Taking in the amazing scenery that I am so lucky to live so close to. Being inspired by other runners. Listening to my favorite songs, that just have a way of igniting a passion in me that makes me want to go just a little bit further. Just a little bit harder. Just a little bit more.

I am going to finish that half marathon in Virginia Beach. And more importantly, by doing so, I am going to make myself proud.

I am focused.

I'm dedicated.

And most importantly, I am just another girl, setting goals for myself, because no one else is going to do it for me.

1 comment:

Teena said...

Good for you!

I would think running outside would be more fun that being stuck inside.