The Power of Running . . . Superhero Style!

So, this is the week that I am back on track with my running. I have no IDEA what I am training for but my body will tell in me in couple of weeks. I put some mileage in early this morning and did a group strength training class today.

In class, one of my good friends shared her story about her first 1/2 marathon! She had been training very hard for this event and was cruising along really well until she came up on the last week of training. She had torn her IT Band! Needless to say, she was NOT happy! She immediately went to her doctor, physical therapist and massage therapist to work on her injury. So, the weekend of the race, her leg felt better and she decided to do the race. She made it through the first 8 miles . . . then the pain slowly eased it's way back.

Determined to get through the race, she began to run/walk the race and made it to mile 12. Her racing partner who finished before her, came back to get her and helped her cross the finish line. Now, if you are like me and have run countless marathons, 1/2 marathons and even a 5K, this is a very familiar story. It has happened to the best of us but what intrigued me about this story was that she finished the race 10 minutes slower than her goal time and she was overwhelmed with accomplishment!

Sometimes, the sense of accomplishment is all we need to keep running day after day and week after week. You know that exercise is good for your body and running is the probably the most affordable sport out there. You throw on those sneakers and roll. But when you set a goal and run towards that goal, you can't be stopped and when you finish, you feel like a "SuperHero" and your confidence level just sky rockets!

Whether you are a first time runner or an "old head" like me, running can re
ally make you feel "SUPER"! You can run around your block or run a marathon, the fact that you did it is all the motivation you need to KEEP GOING!

I met a young woman this past weekend who just started running and she was SO HAPPY she ran a mile the day before. She always rejected running and thought it was something that she would never do. So, she tried it and found out that it wasn't as bad as she thought it would!

I challenge you this month to feel like a "SUPERHERO" and register for a local race and run it! You do not have to run 75 miles per hour, just have fun and get your family and friends involved. Not only will you make a different in your life but sharing the experience, hmmm, you might just start a new team of "Superheros"!

Happy Running!
Posted on January 20, 2010 .