|Crossing the finish line of my first trail run. 1st place women 19 - 29! Resolution Run 10k Jan. 1, 2012|
I’ve gone from non-runner, to triathlete, to runner, to now training-to-be-a-marathoner! I have found that through this “journey” I am inspired the most when I have a goal to reach. First it was my sprint triathlon. After I completed my sprint triathlon I was so depressed because I thought, “What’s next?” Now I find myself training for an event that about 1% of the US population as ever finished… a marathon. In case you did not know, that is 26 miles and 385 yards!
I first got the idea to do a marathon after completing six 10ks from August to December 2011. The 10ks all of the sudden felt progressively easier. I wanted something more. I downloaded a beginner marathon training plan in the beginning of December. It was a 16 week plan, but I only had 3 months until the March 4th Lala marathon. Could I do it? I wasn’t sure, but I thought I’d go ahead and start on the training plan to see how far I could get.
On January 1st, 2012 I completed my first trail run. In the 6.2 miles of trails we climbed 862 feet! There were times that the trail was so steep that we were forced to walk. I pushed myself and ended up coming in first place in my age group of 19 – 29 year old women. It was one of the most challenging runs yet, but nothing compared to how I felt after crossing that finish line. Again I thought, “What’s next?”
Today, January 21, 2012, I ran my longest run to date… 15 miles! The emotions I went through during these 15 miles were incredible. In the beginning I felt great! In the middle I thought, “I can’t believe I’m really doing this!” In the end my mind was riddled with self-doubt, “You can’t do this. Look how tired you are right now. What were you thinking?” When push came to shove, I finished. It was a brutal last .2 miles, but I did it.
"Tough times don't last but tough people do." A.C. Green
As a new runner whose favorite quote used to be, “This body doesn’t run,” I’ve realized how much running is a mental test. This morning I wasn’t there mentally. When you aren’t tuned into your run mentally it’s hard to keep pushing through the fatigue, the pain, the self-doubt.
I still have a difficult time thinking of myself as a “runner”. When does one officially become a “runner”? Is it after completing a marathon? Does one become a “runner” after a certain amount of months / years of running? Will I continue to run the rest of my life? Is it something that will eventually bore me? Will races continue to excite / motivate me?
So many questions, but that’s ok. Running has completely transformed my body, my thinking, my beliefs, and I love it! For now I am taking one day at a time, one step at a time, one mile at a time.
"Most people run a race to see who is fastest. I run a race to see who has the most guts." Steve Prefontaine