Running has always been an important part of my life. I have always loved the commadery of running with family and friends. I love meeting up in workout clothes and going for a run (doesn't matter the distance or the pace) enjoying the beautiful outdoors, being present and feeling free of responsibilities. Running is definitely when I feel the most at ease and my head is clear. Getting motivated is always the hardest part, which is why I enjoy meeting up with friends to help push me out the door. I have also found that I do my best thinking and have the most real conversations with friends and family on runs.
I just read in Runners World, an article called Racing For Our Lives: Why a pair of busy mothers make time to train for races, and why you should too. It made me laugh out loud a couple times because running is one of the only times I get to have "me-time". Here is an excerpt that I thought was very real.
Running makes me feel like a rock star; when I return home with a soaked sports bra and weary legs, I have the confidence, energy, and ego I imagine comes with fans screaming your name. I am usually content setting my mind and body on cruise control and relishing the fact that four easy miles provides me-time, an endorphin rush, and a chance to recalibrate my the-world-sucks meter back to neutral.
|Cody and me after the, Dark & Dirty Trail Race|
Dalton proposed the idea of signing up for a half marathon early this summer. I loved this idea because then we would could virtually train together and I am also more dedicated to a running schedule when I have a race on the calendar. Plus running is one of the best ways to see a new city.
To prepare for the race I got to work on my training schedule. Which, in reality just means I plugged in my information into Smart Coach. So simple and it is FREE. (Thanks for the tip Mom!)
They also have an iPhone app which I have on my phone and keeps me on track.
I always print out my training schedule and post it to the refrigerator. The only thing I love more than the feeling after a run is the satisfaction of crossing off the runs when I am finished. Nothing like instant gratification.