Tuesday, February 23, 2010
day 16 - Still running :)
"Some of the world's greatest feats were accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible." - Doug Larson
I like this quote because it gives me a little inspiration. Starting off as a completely out of shape, overweight, non-runner - I now realize what a lofty goal a 1/2 marathon is for a first timer... A 1/2 marathon with a time limit no less! However, I was so ignorant to the running world that it didn't occur to me to aim lower (like starting with a 5K.)
This is probably a good thing in a weird way. I'm forced to train hard, to push myself beyond familiar ground to go way past my "comfort" level, I've put myself in a position where taking a day off or skipping some training isn't an option. I really cannot do that. I do not have the luxury of time. I really could use another month but it is what it is. From all this Secret and Canfield stuff I've been taking in, I am starting to believe that it's only when we leave the realm of our comfort level that we start to grow - both mentally and physically. I also know that the mental training for this thing and the belief that I can and will do this may even be more important than the physical training. And as nervous as I am about the whole thing and no matter what happens I do feel like a changed woman just by coming this far.
Training today called for running for 2 and walking for 1 for 24 minutes straight (and five mins to warm up and 5 mins to cool down.) I decided to stick to 2 minute drills and up the speed as well as the incline. Tough! Jersey Tomato red again by the end of the work out but I did it.
Hey look at me -- found another 4 followers - I've got 10 followers! So exciting! :)
By the way, a few people have asked what I'm running... It's the NJ Marathon Festival at The Shore.