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10 miler, the first run of 2012

So on Sunday, I had a long run. Looking back, I’ve done many long runs in my past ‘training’ and I never was as nervous as I was for this 10 miler. You see, I haven’t run more than 8 miles in oh, a month, and that 8 miler was basically a decision one to get back on the training plan. Alas, using the word un-prepared would be a good way to describe this ‘training’ I like to think that I do before a ‘race’. Lots of terms used loosely in this post it seems.

Training is hard for me. I don’t know why, but I always struggle with it. I guess almost knowing that no matter my time, finishing is all that matters, and finishing and having fun is much more important than a number on the clock that I’ll run under after any given amount of miles in front of me.

I guess I’ve finally gotten in the mentality of running for fun. Anyways, back to the 10 miler. Literally going off basically no base, and realizing that I have a half in oh, two weeks, I needed to know I was physically able to run that far… which once I got to 5 miles, I thought to myself, as I usually do, two more 5Ks to go! My feet were pretty sore and I’m stiff, but other than that, I did it. It wasn’t fast, but hey, sometimes just knowing that you still got that mileage in the tank is reassuring. Granted, I like to push the envelope of stupiditiy and know that it’s not enough for a marathon, and yes, I will up my mileage, but starting with nothing and continuing to increse always baffles me.

How do I always know how to run? It’s something that sometimes I really truly hate to do, but at the same time, I know I can always count on it to be something I CAN do. That is something I am beyond grateful for. It’s said all the time, mostly on facebook and twitter, but nothing compares to that feeling you have after a run and it’s true. I need to keep reminding myself that during this time that I’m in training. Saying no to staying out late, passing on that beer, trying to cut down on the bad food, will all make me feel that much better at the end a run, and when I cross that finish line in March… I know no matter what my time is, I will have had fun and another interesting journey to the finish.

xoxo

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5 Comments

  • Reply Kristin Miller

    Enjoy the journey! When I ran for charity for the NYC marathon, it brought my commitment to training to a whole new level. Granted your first marathon is usually only about the “finish”, but it really adds a GOOD pressure to complete what people are giving in to. Hmmm. Maybe I’ll see you in NYC this year as a charity entry?! :-D

    January 3, 2012 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    i feel the exact same way about running! I dont know if ill ever be able to PR because i just have no desire to! LOL

    January 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    So, two of my goals this year is to redeem myself with another 1/2 mary and to run a full marathon at the end of the year. The 1/2 is end of May and I am struggling to decide on a training plan for it. What kind of training plan do you follow for a half distance? Is there anything regimen in particular or do you just do what feels right? I’d love some suggestions from a seasoned runner…

    January 4, 2012 at 7:14 am
  • Reply Melissa at TakeAnotherStepMelissa.blogspot.com

    Oh my gosh! I feel the same way! I just started training for Boston and now I am already tired! I think it’s because I gave myself 2 months of “fun running” and now that’s all I want to do!

    January 5, 2012 at 9:29 am
  • Reply Christy

    Great job getting the 10 miler done! I’m training for my first half marathon this year & I’m with you on getting my mileage up again. Doing a 6 miler this weekend & that’s the farthest I’ve run in a while!

    January 5, 2012 at 7:40 pm
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