I went back to the beginning and reread my blog last night. I forgot how much I used to run, how regular the 5 mile morning runs were, how I was slowing peeling seconds off my times. I forgot I could 4 miles under a 10 minute mile pace. I forgot where I started, how impossible and insurmountable it all seemed. I cried through my marathon race report. I cried. But now I am feeling renewed. I still feel, and I honestly feel this, that the best is coming. My body wants to do more, push past the limits my mind have set up to keep me at a level. It’s always “just enough”. I want amazing, I still want it. Running still holds a secret for me I have yet to unlock. I’m not giving up, screw that. I can heal my foot, lose the weight, wake up early and run in the dark. I can’t let RESISTANCE win. I’m leaning in, going pro. I have no choice.
The ualbany runner kind of reminds me of Allyson Felix
My favorite moment in the race, the swim is done! #jerseygirltriathlon (at long branch beach)
If at first your marathon is cancelled, run it the next year. 16 weeks! #nycmarathon (at Jersey City Heights)
Finish line at the NYC Half. My time was 2:22, I’ll take it ;)
I ran 1 mile last night, I never did that before. Try to run fast for 10 minutes. I did it in 9:07. That’s amazing to me…
I joined a Facebook challenge to run everyday in March. At least one mile a day. I never did a streak before. It solves that problem, should I run today? Day one, check!
It’s the last day of February and it is a good day to start thinking ahead. That is one thing about running, you can’t dwell on the past for too long, running is always moving you forward, both physically and mentally.
Running moves you from a beginning to an end as you are propelling yourself forward. You look ahead to where you are going. Sometimes, if on a run I am feeling tired, I look way ahead to where I’m headed and imagine I’m already there.
To be a runner is to always be looking ahead, when is my next race? What is the weather for the rest of the week so I can plan my runs? How many weekends are left? And time is always on your side, just one good week of running can change everything. We plan out our year in advance, our minds always thinking about those days and months ahead. You can’t dwell on yesterday’s run, there is tomorrow’s run to think about.
But I think it goes even deeper than that. Training for a race is to put all your faith in your future self. You must believe that the version of you that shows up for that race one week/ month/ year from now is going to be ready to deliver. I do it every time I go out to run, I pull on my sneakers and I look ahead.
So look forward!
I am turned on and so tuned out
I am alone and so connected
I am focused and so foggy
I have no questions and I know all the answers
I am drained and I am filled up
I am wide open and I am my own universe
I’m a working mom, not a professional athlete, but I am a runner and that’s a special club. Alison Sweeney, Host of The Biggest Loser
I’m a working mom, not a professional athlete, but I am a runner and that’s a special club.
Alison Sweeney, Host of The Biggest Loser
— Runner’sWorld Daily Kick in the Butt