It's been pouring rain ALL day in the Bay Area 🙄 Got me dreaming about miles upon miles through colorful trees 🍁🌲🍂 and reflecting on this training cycle as I head into taper.
The past couple months have been the hardest I have ever pushed myself both physically and mentally. I remember the first time I signed up for a marathon. I signed up thinking I'd be able to handle the beastly 26.2 without a training plan 🙄 I walked up to that start line with no water, no fuel, and crossed fingers 😂 The end result... ☠️
The next time I decided to do a marathon, it went a little different. I stepped on a track for the first time since high school (I did not run in high school, just sat NEXT to the track in the bleachers 😂 watching my sisters run) I learned what a track workout was how they were simultaneously ugly and pretty. Ugly because they hurt, pretty because they work!! I also learned what a fartlek and tempo were. I had easy days and hard days - compared to what I was doing - running the same pace and distance every day 🤔 I worked hard and earned myself a 40 minute PR!! I never thought I'd ever be able to run under a 9 minute pace. EVER. But there I was, grinding away 26.2 at 7:35. .
Of course, that left me wanting more. So I took off on a quest to a sub 3. Looking to do this just 7 months after my 40 minute PR is asking a lot from my body. I have had workouts that have literally crumbled me (like literally, I was on the ground between intervals begging planet earth for oxygen 😬) And workouts that proved my body is getting stronger and faster. My heart is ALWAYS in it and some days my body isn't and other days my body is in it but my mind is absent. It's always a grind! And on a rare occasion, everyone shows up to play: the mind, the body and the heart and BOOM - success. .
I have doubts too. it's normal! I know in my heart it's not fear... it's nervousness. Nervousness that's rooted in excitement, because I know the work is done and it's almost time for the big dance. #gorun #worlderunners #runnersrepost #runinrabbit #radrabbit #worldoftri #iloverunning #runhappy #run #zensah #cleaneating #runningterritory #bostonbound #marathon #outdoorwomen #mountaingirls