I surrounded myself with my seasoned running friends and collectively we all knew that it would be okay and that it's for the fun, experience and that great competition you can have with yourself. I am training for a full marathon in April and that is the prize I am truly keeping my eye on but this was a test...a little mini check point along the way.
So I run...a lot, when I really think about it. I generally enjoy most every run I go on but there are definitely days when I am dreading getting out of my warm bed and heading out into the dark and cold...but I feel like Wonder Woman when I walk back in the front door. I feel unstoppable and beyond prepared for my day-until maybe a cat nap hits me mid afternoon!
I did not start out as a fast runner and in some runner's eyes I am still not "fast" but my gosh I still am in shock when I see what my body can deliver on race day. I feel like speed for me was something that just happened on the side of all the other stuff I was focusing on. It was a natural byproduct. The running six times a week, strength training, solid eating and a positive mindset got me to go faster. Speed was not something that I wanted when I started all this. I really just wanted a quick calorie burn that I could keep up with on a day to day basis. The end result still blows my mind.
I am anxious for what will happen in April on the shore of New Jersey. Hoping running in my home state will bring lots of positive vibes and keep the nerves and cramps at bay! I am going to stay the course, follow the rules of Mr. Hal Higdon and keep grabbing little gems of wisdom from the many seasoned runners I "run" into throughout the next few weeks.
|One Happy, Chilly, Tired Runner!!|
Embrace the suck...choose you!
My half marathon history:
Richmond Half 11-15-08/2:12:46
Zooma Annapolis 5-31-09/1:56:23
DC Rock N Roll 3-17-12/2:00:19
Fredericksburg Half 5-2-12/1:54:58
Diva's Half 9-14-13/2:25:00 **BAD COURSE**
Fredericksburg Half 5-18-14/1:59:40
Richmond Love Rox 2-22-15/1:43:04