I am most confident in a pair of running sneakers. I feel my best when I am sweaty and tired and moving.
Calm. Centered. Focused.
My weekend long run was such a mental feat for me today. I knew it would be as soon as I woke up, feeling as if I had already ran the 12 miles. Twelve miles? Pshh…Try one.
Yes. A serious mental feat. In fact, I almost didn’t go.
But of course, with the half marathon being but two weeks away, I had a good dose of motivation to get out and run. I told myself that if I still didn’t feel good by the 6th mile, I could shorten the running loop.
After the first mile, I felt on top of the world–-light as a feather. This carried me through until somewhere between mile 6 and mile 7. Which is when I had to muster up every last inch of strength that I could possibly find. My legs and breathing were near perfect but my mind was a million miles away. And then Negative Nancy paid me a visit.
“You can’t do this, you know.”
“What are you thinking???”
“You’re not a runner, silly!”
With each step, I pretended I was squashing each negative thought. Staying positive is crucial for carrying me through these longer runs!!
When I came home, I slipped on my comfiest flats and headed back out into the sunshine for a little stroll around the yard. Stretching out felt absolutely delicious on the legs!
Half marathon: I think I am ready. I’ll see you in two weeks!
QUESTION: What was the highlight of your Saturday?