Today I finished my 3rd week of Marathon Training! It was a HUMID 7 mile long run and wasn't the easiest, my body was sore and I was drenched with sweat, but now after a full belly, cup of coffee and shower, I feel FABULOUS!
Here's the thing with running, in my opinion....it's tough, it pushes you mentally and exercises your will to dig in deep and perform with your heart! It's hard on my body, yes, but the achievement I feel after a run trumps that pain for sure. I was not raised an "athlete". My parents were not athletic or gym goers. I wasn't encouraged to do sports, in fact I was discouraged because I didn't have a support system to bring me to practices, games, etc so I never entertained the idea. This in itself motivates me to support, encourage and push my children in the sports they LOVE!
Picking up the sport of running 6 years ago was one of the best things I've done for myself, even if I hit a couple bumps in the road and haven't run in a while! LOL I've been a "gym goer" since I was 16 and have always loved being active but never did anything that was competitive, nothing to receive a "medal" or "reward". Running changed me. Running showed me that yes, even little old me in my thirties can consider myself an "athlete". It gave me an outlet for my competitive, fighting spirit!
I'm thankful for my crazy friend Kim, my partner in crime, it makes the journey that much more FUN!!! So, here's to training for Marathon #2 and #3, because as you know, I don't do anything in a "small" or "simple" way.....hahahahahahaha!!!!! Get Ready Rock n Roll Series....we're coming for you in December (San Antonio) and February (New Orleans)!!