Today starts my training for the Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon. Well technically yesterday did, but since Mondays are "stretch/strength" days aka "miss teacher takes a break b/c she fails at stretching AND strength training," it wasn't really blog-worthy. This evening tho I will slip on my fabulous new pink compression sleeves (thanks T for the awesome bday present!!) and hit the treadmill for a nice, easy 3 mile start to my training. (Never mind that 3 mi is probably too short of a distance to warrant compression sleeves but I could really care less because they are awesome.) I have to admit that I am really looking forward to starting training, and already eagerly anticipating the August race! While I am *nervous* that, with my recent luck, another injury is lurking in the future, I have a different overall attitude than when I started training for the Disney Princess Half-Marathon. At that time, I had no idea whether or not I could even make it through 13.1 miles! Now I know I can (slowly but surely!). :)
I love training for a race bc I am a very goal-oriented person. I know people who are able to just get out there and run for the love of it. I am not one of those people. Don't get me wrong; I love running. But at 5pm when I am leaving school, exhausted after a 10hr day, the gym is not exactly first on my list of "places I am dying to be right now." And as a complete non-morning person, when that alarm goes off for the long run sunday mornings, you better believe I am not exactly leaping out of bed with a grin on my face. (Forget about trying to run before school...that's just laughable.) But when I'm training for something that I care a lot about, I can make it happen in spite of whatever obstacles I happen to encounter along the way.
Seriously, these things are awesome.
Have to stay late at school? Great, night run it is!! Early church sunday? No problem, I'll just sleep in my running clothes and get up even earlier! Injury? I'll give my body whatever it needs to get better and cross train in the mean time! Sick? I will just rearrange my workouts and swap a rest day with a run later in the week! Obstacles ain't got nothin' on me.
When I'm not training tho? I'll admit it--I look for excuses. Yes, I'm that girl...Sad but true. That's why I am so pumped to start race training this week. Can't wait to keep you updated on my (hopefully injury-free!!) progress!