I don't feel like doing much today because I'M PRETTY SORE. I ran my longest run thus far and my body is feeling the effects. So I have to ask, those of you who run and have little ones at home, HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU COME HOME AFTER A LONG RUN AND RUN AFTER THEM????
Let me say it again I LOVE TO RUN. It makes me feel so good while I'm running. I always laugh when I drive the road that I ran earlier that day and realize OH MY GOODNESS THAT REALLY IS A LONG, LONG WAY.
My run today was 18 km--I decided to run a little further and ended up going 18 1/2 km. It was a long, slow run, and I took it very slow. I tried very hard to keep my heart rate down, but unfortunately a couple of times I went a little too hard. My body is definitely feeling the effects.
I smiled when I passed a lady and she said, "Way to go". I appreciated the encouragement. In fact, a couple of weeks ago, I passed a couple of women walking and one of them said to me, "You are our hero."
- I can do hard things--getting ready for this half marathon is hard but I will not give up. Sometimes life is hard, but IT IS DEFINITELY WORTH IT.
- I am NEVER ALONE and I know on race day, there will be about lots of us "pressing forward". The bottom line is I know that Heavenly Father is always there and that knowledge will help me keep moving. I know I will be praying--not to win, just to finish.
- Perseverance is necessary. There have been many days when I didn't feel like going out and running, but I knew I had to train if I wanted to reach my goal. Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” I have seen and felt that happen. When we have a goal in life, we just need to forge ahead.
- Preparation is key. To get ready for this half-marathon, I've been using an 18 week training schedule and I have been very diligent in following it. There is so much we can do every day to help us "prepare" for our days--especially those tough ones. I can't say enough about the value of prayer and scripture study--they are like my training schedule.
By the way, I laugh every time I go to log onto my Garmin connect account to log in my run, and the log-in page says "21,586,706 pounds of candy burned" and I have to ask myself: GEE I WONDER HOW MANY POUNDS DID THE OTHER PEOPLE BURN ; ) Some of the other things on the log-in page are: 605,094 gallons of sweat produced, or 914,483,831 miles logged in which is equivalent to 36,724 times around the earth.