Marathon training is getting to be a bit more “do-able”…
I ran 5 miles this past weekend in the cold, rainy weather of Salem, Oregon and it was exhilarating! What have you done lately that pushed you out of your comfort zone?
I could have easily listed a few dozen reasons why I “shouldn’t” have run that morning but I knew if I put it off for another day (the first day in town, I opted to skip my run); I would regret it the rest of that day. So, before anyone else was awake in the house, I laced up my shoes, put a sweatshirt on and headed out the door with my GPS on my new iPhone 5!! (did I mention I just got a new phone?)
My hands turned numb immediately but that isn’t new for me. My hands and feet are always cold. My grandmother always said, “cold hands; warm heart” so I’m okay with it! I ran along anyway, knowing that the body heat would soon warm me up. The rain came down on me and I had no clue as to where I was going. All that I knew was that I needed to run 5 miles that day for my marathon training.
So, I did. I felt more energy than I had anticipated and actually was proud of my time! woot woot! 😉
In any case, the following day I decided to take a rest day due to family time and travel plans but I already figured that today was to be my long run day. I didn’t even flinch at the thought of running 13 miles today. Heck, that’s already a 1/2 marathon!! Gooo, me!! lol
My body was super tight after the run but I was so proud and continue to be amazed at how our bodies can adapt to the challenges we put upon them. Granted; that we DO put our body through a variety of challenges so we continue to progress and not regress!!!