Halfway there

This was how I spent my Sunday morning:

runkeeper app

I was apprehensive about this run. It was just last weekend that I had upped my distance to 5 miles, after hovering at the 4-ish mark for way too long. I kept thinking, Okay, I’m at 4. I have to figure out how to run 9 more???

Talk about daunting.

When I hit 5 miles last weekend, it wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t too great either. I was supposed to do 5 again on Saturday, but we were deep into Operation Big Girl Bed the entire day, and I barely squeezed in a 3 miler before dinner. No way was I ready for 6 miles on Sunday.

Maybe I’ll just do 5 again, I said. Maybe 5.5.

So much of this training thing is a mind game. I’ll never be able to run 6 miles. I can’t imagine running for an hour straight. The thing is, the part of your mind that KNOWS you can do it has to be louder than the part of your mind that tries to convince you that you can’t.

I ran for an entire hour, and finished 6.25 miles. Even I was amazed at my pace. When I was training for Tough Mudder over the summer and running on treadmills at the YMCA, I was barely clocking an 11 minute mile. Whether or not I can keep this pace for 13.1 miles in the hilly Zooma half, I’m not sure. But I can’t stop thinking about how fantastic this run felt. Not once did I feel like I was going to die. Not once did I have to convince myself to keep going. I just did.

And afterward, I was on top of the world. I ran 6.25 miles!

So I’m halfway there. Halfway to a half marathon. As many times as I’ve told myself I wanted to be a runner, I never fathomed actually making it this far and feeling this good about it. I mean, I imagined I would, but making it happen is another story. Along with training my body, I’m also training myself to listen to that part of my mind that knows I can do this. Or at least training it to be louder than the other part.

Also, running 6.25 miles got me this:

foot massage

Yes, that’s my husband, lovingly soaking and washing my feet. He’s a keeper, for sure.

 

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  1. Good for you, hun!! My brother is a runner, he’s be to two marathons and is now training for an iron man and I can’t get him.:) But a halfmarathon sounds a lot more reasonable and something I can wrap my head around.:)

  2. Thank you for this blog, it couldn’t have come at a better time!! This is truly an accomplishment and an you have inspired me to listen to the other voice!! Thank you!!

  3. Awww, you have the runner’s high. 🙂

    I agree, good runs are the best. Unfortunately, the last few runs I’ve done haven’t been good and so now my mind is psyching me out and I can’t bring myself to do it again. Running is such a mind f*ck.

  4. That’s awesome! Both getting half way to your goal and your husband taking care of you! I love to read stories like this because they keep me inspired to get off my bum and get moving too!

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