Ten Down Sixteen to Go
The process of training for a marathon has been fun. Don’t get me wrong, it has been grueling. But for me, that is part of the fun. I knew this wasn’t going to be an easy challenge when I made it my goal. To be honest, I haven’t followed a specific training program. My goal is to push myself without breaking my body down. Listening to my body has been huge. It’s a reason I took almost a week off. I felt that I needed a little time to rest. At the same time, I didn’t want to get too comfortable not running and fall into the trap of being lazy. It can be easy to flip off the motivation switch.
It turned out though, my body was right; I did need a little rest from the constant training. Last Saturday, it was my goal to run nine miles. I figured it was a lofty goal because I took so many days off and didn’t believe I was at my best. During the run I discovered that wasn’t the case at all. My body felt relaxed and refreshed. I pushed myself and just kept running without really knowing how far I was in the process. In my mind I was telling myself that I felt fine and that it was OK to keep running, I’d have plenty of energy left to make it home no matter how far I went. This was all while running on a smooth, flat surface.
The last part of my run, to get home is dominated by steep hills. I kind of neglected to think about this part of my run when I said I can go further. When I got half way up the hills, my body was begging for mercy but my head told me to keep going. When I finished my run, I looked down at my Fitbit and saw that I had completed a little over 10 miles.
This run helped in the fact that I now know I can run 10 miles and that I am ahead of where I wanted to be going into training. Heck I’m ahead of where I was at when I trained for both half marathons which is very encouraging.
Speaking of encouraging, Jenny and I started the More Than Kale Insiders Group a few weeks ago and I’m happy to report that we have over 30 new active members! The group is absolutely FREE. We’re a group trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t matter where you are in the process. We’re here to help and support each other, ask questions, build relationships and celebrate accomplishments.