AHHHHH! What have I done?
Something awesome, that’s what.
A few weeks ago, I registered for a full marathon scheduled for April 12, and this week has been my first official training week. Hal Higdon’s half marathon plan worked well for me, so I’m following his Novice 1 Marathon plan. This week I have run three 3 milers. The first two runs were r-o-u-g-h…rough, an the third run ended up being a 3 mile walk, so I went out for my third real training run tonight. The weather is nasty. I always feel kinda bad ass when I run in the rain. I feel even more bad ass when I run when it’s cold. Tonight run: cold+pouring rain=(bad ass)2! I was soaked to the bone, but I wasn’t cold after I got going. I’m not gonna lie…I LOVED when cars passed. I’m sure they all thought I was crazy. If they knew I was out there punishing myself with a cold, wet run in order to train to torture myself with 26.2 miles, I’m SURE they would think I was crazy. I, on the other hand, love it. I doesn’t feel like punishment or torture…it feels amazing. I love that all these small steps will help my achieve a huge goal. It’s kinda how I live my live these days! Anything is possible! 🙂
At 1.2 miles, I was passing my neighbor’s house, and disembodied voice growled (good-naturedly, I think!), “Why are you runnin’ in this rain?” I just laughed in the general direction of the taunt since I couldn’t find the owner. I run in the rain because I’m hardcore. Or at least, I keep telling myself that. I run because I love it, and because of this:
I’m going to crosstrain for 60 minutes tomorrow. It may just end up being a brisk walk, or possibly some elliptical/stationary bike. On Sunday, I’m due to run 6 miles. I just hope my shoes dry in time!
I’m pretty nervous about it, but I’m sure it will be fine. I’ll be rested up and ready to go. I just need to remember to pace myself and not run out of energy toward the end. 6 miles doesn’t seem as daunting as it did 6 months ago when I started training for my half. I’m not worried about my runs until I hit double digits again. Even then, I’m sure I’ll be fine.
I’m also doing this squat challenge for the month of December. The last month has not been kind to the scale or my boot-ay! Time to fix that!
I’m off now to cook some chicken breast and green beans, and then take a hot bath and drink some coffee. When I got inside and cooled down, the chill hit me.
Happy running! 🙂