Yes, for all you runners out there, you read that properly.
I’ve boasted before about how I have signed up (well, was forced to, due to a wedding present ;)) for my second half marathon.
When we signed up for the half, we were both incredibly excited and ready to get training. I created a training plan from a few others that I have been researching – I needed it to fit our lives a little bit better.
Well, I’ll be the first to admit. The training for this half marathon has SUCKED.
Listed below is all of the ridiculous thoughts I have had/should have had/need to have:
- “oh, I’ve done this once already so I should be able to do it again”
- “I can definitely do this after taking 1.5 months off of running and getting married i.e. eating, drinking, and being merry”
- “Sure, it’s okay to gain 12 pounds after the last half – your knees can definitely handle it”
- “You will definitely run every day while on your 2.5 week long honeymoon and for sure follow your training plan”
- “You have 10 chapters and 4 journal articles to read for class? No problem, you can run tomorrow. 3 rest days in a row is good”
- “Go ahead, catch up on all of your tv shows, have your coffee and your breakfast and plan to run at 3pm when it’s 90 degrees out”
Yes, I know, completely irrational. But so so so so so what is happening in my life right now.
Reality: I have 20 days until the half marathon.
My Goal: FINISH.
I think FINISHING is the moral of the story. It’s so incredibly easy to get down when I don’t run as long or as well as I would like to. I think it’s so normal for you to want your body (and your mind) to be able to accomplish something and then being disappointed when it doesn’t happen. I am absolutely there.
I really need to remind myself of the following things:
- It’s been one year since I have really been running for “fun”. That’s it.
- I’ve already completed one half marathon – the second one is just for the challenge.
- My mind is my biggest challenge when I am running. If I could just shut off the little devil, I would have no problem.
- I know I run an average of a 9:30-11:30 minute mile. I don’t care – I AM DOING IT.
- I CAN DO IT. Whether I run, walk, or crawl to the finish line. I will finish.
- There are so many who can’t run. Why should I complain about a voluntary sign up for a race?
- It’s not about the can’t. It’s about the can.
I should take a picture of my training plan to let you all see how atrocious it is. But the reality is that I have been getting out there. I have been thinking about it, I have been planning for it. I can do this. I just need to head and my legs to follow my inspirational words.
Easier said than done, right?
Motivational Quotes by Carrots n Cake
Clean Eating and Motivation by Half Virgin
How to Train for your First Half Marathon by All in Stride