This weekend I participated in the 2nd Annual Red Shoe Run benefiting the Ronald McDonald Charities in my hometown. This race was supposed to finish out my first 13 organized races for the 2013 race calendar, which included a combination of 5K, 8K, 10K and Half Marathon races. This race turned out to be the first race in a very long time that I was sidelined mid-race. Literally at mile 3 of my 10k I found myself doubled over on the side of the course. But today is a new day and I am moving forward!
Beginning stages of planning for the Fall race season have begun, which include travel arrangements and calendar coordination work for my family. It’s never an easy task to talk my hubby into cutting into our weekend camping trips with cooler weather, but running in October, November and December seem to be the most ideal for cooler weather running which is what I love the most.
So what’s my motivation today? Getting more distance races in on my Fall running calendar and starting to look to my preset goal to run a full marathon in 2014.
Wow, really, did I just say a FULL MARATHON!! Yes, 26.2 M-I-L-E-S all in a single run. Holy cow!!! Never in my wildest little runner dreams did I think I would run more than 6 miles at a time, much less have 3 half marathons under my belt. I am excited about the prospect of running a full marathon in 2014 but that does not come without a little apprehension. What will it take me to get there? How often will I have to commit to training, beyond what I already commit to each week? How much will I have to alter my eating plans to accommodate the needed calories for those training runs? And HOW THE HECK am I going to get through the hot humid summer months of training ahead here in Florida?
My answer . . . One day at a time with one foot in front of another to get on the road to accomplishing my goal.
The coming months will be filled with the beginning stages of getting the most information I can about getting ready for a full marathon. How to eat, how to rest, how to train and a vast array of other runner reading that I am excited to jump into.
But I digress back to what’s motivating me to do this crazy training to accomplish such a feat of runner magnitude (in this little runner’s mind)? Next March I will turn 40, as I have posted over the past couple of months in various blog posts, and I am planning to embrace my next decade with open arms and a continued healthy lifestyle. What better way to keep myself on track than to keep myself accountable through training for the biggest run of my life, thus far.
Yes, I occasionally “off plan” eating and I allow myself to rest before my body makes me, but this is my motivation to get myself in the best shape of my life and I’m looking forward to every single second ahead until the start of that race. Goal Getter, GET MOTIVATED!
What’s at the top of your list to get accomplished in the coming year? What obstacles do you think you’ll face and how will you get past them to be a “Goal Getter” yourself? Share with me in the comments!