3.06.2012

12 in 12: A half to start the day

First let's rewind a bit. I had originally envisioned running a half marathon on Saturday. I wanted to run early in the month since my next half marathon race is April 1st. But then I pondered if I had to run a half in March. I said I wanted to do 12 in 2012 and one a month makes sense but I could achieve my goal without running a half in March.

Once Saturday came my legs were aching from previous workouts and I just didn't have it in me. Or at least, I didn't have the mental push because I rationalized I could run it on Monday or today and still be early enough in the month to not negatively impact my race performance. Sunday was to be a family day so it wasn't ideal for me to do a long run.

Yesterday I barely had it in me to run my mile. Not because of aches but because I just wanted to be and play with my darling daughter. What can I say? Was I in a rut? I really don't think so. I just wanted more fun time with my daughter and opted to pick her up early from school and do a really short run. Therefore, I posted on Daily Mile my goal to run a half today.

And guess what? That did the trick of getting me out of bed early enough to tackle 13.1 miles before going to work. I didn't have any excuse good enough to tell the world why I skipped this opportunity and I am happy I put it out there.

When I started my run the treadmills by me were in use. As my run progressed, fellow runners came and went and by the end, I was running solo in what appeared to be a completely abandoned gym. But I kept going and completed my mission.

What does running a half on a treadmill do for me? It builds mental strength. On road runs I tend to do out and backs or point to points where I  must keep on running to get to the end....my ride. On the treadmill you can get off anytime you want. Really, you can. But I almost always choose to keep on going. In the early days of running I let myself off the hook more often. These days, nope. Keep running girl. And perhaps that is what I need to build that mental strength to keep on going on days where I feel like a run is the hardest thing in the world. Today it wasn't the hardest thing in the world but it wasn't a walk in the park either. I got bored and had to find a way to overcome that and keep on going.

Today I am grateful for:
  • My darling daughter's ever present enthusiasm
  • Getting my run done
  • Nice offers from cool people
  • Coming in 3rd in the Tommie Copper contest - thanks for your vote and I won a cool coupon code to be applied to a purchase of my choice
  • Rain to help the garden veggies grow

8 comments:

  1. you are so so inspiring. I can't believe you can go that far on the treadmill. Nice, speedy half!

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  2. That's fantastic! I had to run 11 on Saturday and couldn't face the boredom of the treadmill--I have never done more than 5 on it before. So I have to ask you--how did you overcome the boredom?

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  3. That's a long way to run on a treadmill! Bonus points to you for having the patience!

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  4. Wow, awesome job. You make a great point about the TM. I really need to spending some time on mine.

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  5. Wahoo! Way to get a half in BEFORE work and on a TM! I could barely do 2 on a TM before going crazy! Awesome job!!

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  6. The before work park is what put that run over the top for me. Get it, girl! That is amazing!

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  7. Amazing!!! Way to finish what you started!!

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  8. Great job running a half on the treadmill! AMAZING!

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