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?
Beautiful photos and I love how you defeated “Negative Nancy”!
Good for you! Negative Nancy almost beat me on Friday. Lovely photos.
Great job on getting your run in, and getting rid of all that negative talk in your head.
I don’t get many Saturdays off, so having yesterday off and spending it with friends and family was just perfect!!
Is it sad that I already can’t remember what I did on Saturday?
Oh, yeah, Melissa’s party…. Phew, I haven’t lost it completely.
Congrats on your long run!!!