Finally, I decided to crawl outta bed with my left leg so numb I couldn't walk. Wow, maybe I really don't have to run this morning, since my legs are sleepy too. Well, I was wrong. Within 2 minutes the leg woke up. There was no longer any room for excuses.
Out on a run I went.
In less than 2 months I will be running in the Two Cities half marathon. When I ran my first half marathon last November my goal was to finish the entire race without walking. (I did, yay!) This year my goal is to finish with a better time and try to avoid feeling like I died.
A friend shared with me an amazing training program last year called SmartCoach Training Plan. It was a complete lifesaver in helping me achieve my goal. This program is designed to fit each and every individual by asking simple questions like "what goals you're looking to achieve", "how hard are you willing to train", "how many miles do you run a week", and so forth. It was the best thing for me. It kept me from over-training and getting burnt out on running. If you are considering training for a race in the near future I totally suggest giving it a try.
One thing I've noticed about my running is... If I push myself on the days I don't feel like running, it's usually (not always) my best day. Running is a challenge for me. It definitely doesn't come natural. Regardless how much I train, I have my difficult days too. I think that's what I love about it. I enjoy challenging myself in areas I know can improve.
Running is a new me. It's a lifestyle change that I want to continue for the rest of my life. By joining a local running group Sierra Challenge Express, making running a weekly priority, keeping my playlist up to date, and using it as therapeutic tool, has made it something I thoroughly enjoy.