I had to get up and run! "Training Update"
In two weeks the Temecula 1/2 Marathon is here and I have been trying to keep a consistent training plan for the past 3 months. I have been running about 3 days a week and my long runs happen on Sunday. I am depending on my strength training to carry me through this half marathon since that's all I seem to be teaching during the week. So far, so good!
The goal this weekend was to do 12-13 miles. I wanted to see how my legs would feel and if I would really be ready in two weeks. I have a perfect 13.1 route that stretches from Carmel Mountain to Poway to Rancho Bernardo (three major towns in the northern San Diego area). It's hilly, flat, challenging and will BREAK you if you are NOT ready. So, that was the test.
Since my schedule is so restricted due to my family obligations, I HAD to get up E A R L Y and 6AM on a Sunday morning is E A R L Y. I asked my husband to join me on his bike so that I would not be alone and he did! He wasn't thrilled about getting up that early and not having a golf club in his hand but that's what made it all the more special for me! LOL!
We met up in the garage (like we live in a mansion or something) where I was putting on my shoes and he was pumping air in his bike tires. We both looked like Zombies but we were up! When we finally rolled the garage up we both were like REALLY? It was REALLY dark, cold and the fog was so THICK but I closed my eyes, faced him and said...let's go! So, we headed out and I have to say. . .it was the best training run I have had in a long time. It wasn't fast, it was cold but it was a good solid workout! Benefit #1, having my husband beat me to each light and hitting the button for me! Whoop WHooP!
I am sure you have been faced with things that you know you HAVE to do and the option NOT to do it is staring you in the face but somehow you push through. Whether you finished it well or not, you finished it and that's an accomplishment all by itself. At one point in my run, I was averaging an 11 minute mile (which NEVER happens). I wanted to curse my tracker but what good would that do? The tracker could have been off or I could have been running up a very steep hill, either way, I climbed every hill, I worked through a little pain and ignored all the negative thoughts that started to float through my head when I hit miles 6, 8 and 10. It's all about WILL POWER and not letting the little things get you down.
You may not be training for a 1/2 marathon or even a 5K but you are working towards something you want. Don't let the fog and steep hills in life hold you back. Use the resources that you have, make the best of it and keep pushing.