Wow, you all had some great things to say in regards to choosing happiness. If you haven’t checked out everyone’s comments and tips, I suggest you do so. We’ve got some inspiring ladies in our midst
At the risk of sounding super creepy and lame, I saw a tweet from Bob Harper yesterday that inspired me to write my first post about half marathon training.
When I first mentioned that I had made the crazy decision to commit to running a half marathon, a good handful of you told me that you were excited to follow my progress (thank you!)
To be honest, this training process has confirmed the fact that running comes as naturally to me as a fluent conversation in Japanese.
Two weeks ago I ran five miles for the first time in over a year. I was shocked when I completed it in 50 minutes without walking, crying or falling off the treadmill.
My approach to “long runs” has been simple: Do not – I repeat – do not think about the distance. I get so mentally tripped up on distance. Five miles? Are you effing kidding me? Three weeks ago, I would have laughed in your face if you asked me to run that far.
But now, I don’t think about it. I just do it. <— I tried to sounds less ‘Nike’ but I’m at a loss.
While my hatred for running has simmered, I’m still not a true fan. I still feel like a running impostor.
I still flail about on the treadmill and I curse during outdoor runs.
I’d love to tell you that when Cory and I run together at dusk, we glisten and exchange words of motivation, but a 5 mile run normally sounds like this:
Me: (huffing and puffing) God damnit. Why…are…we…doingthis?!
Cory: You can do it.
Me: Shut up. I can’t do it. I…can’t…breathe.
Cory’s British iPhone app: 1.5 miles completed.
Me: UHHHH. She’s mocking us. Turn…that…bitch…off.
Cory: You’re a peach.
So you see, running makes me a little ornery. But afterwards, things get better and we high five.
Curse words and sore legs aside, I’m pushing myself and it’s proving to be worth it.
Let’s chat –
When is the last time you felt like you pushed yourself in a workout or training program?
Am I the only one who’s not a happy butterfly when I run?