Spring is my busiest time of year, hence my lack of posts. When your income is dependent on crops and the weather, you make hay when the sun is shining. I have not stopped my training though. My mileage is rising and I can’t believe where I am in regards to distance. When I set out to run back in July, my goal was to finish a 5k. I never knew I’d catch the fitness bug through RUNNING like I have. I am down 15 pounds from where I began, my 34 pants fit again and I’m constantly making belt adustments. I sleep better at night and my diet is finally falling into place. Just setting one goal and then building on that goal has created a snowball effect and I like it. The spillover is having an effect on the other aspects of my life like I never thought possible. If you’re reading this as a spectator and not an active runner, I highly suggest you get off your butt and do something. Just do SOMETHING every day. Maybe a jog. Maybe some push ups. Maybe digging a ditch out back. Just do SOMETHING EVERYDAY and the snowball eventually picks up velocity and mass. I am mentally, physically, and spiritually in an awesome place right now.
As per my training, we’re down to about ten days before the Frederick Running Festival’s half-marathon (my first). While I won’t be the fastest white kid in the field, I am confident I could finish the race this afternoon if need be. If I get one more 10+ run in I will feel even more prepared.
My longer runs have mostly occured on flat routes, specifically the C&O Canal, but about two weeks ago I started adding some hills to the longer routes. This has really tested some muscles that I forgot about, but I think in the long haul it will make me stronger and faster. I force myself into hill run situations by parking at the top of a mountain, running down it, around it, and then back up it. Retrieving my truck forces me to push up that last uphill mile 🙂
PS- I am extremely jealous of all the running events in the region right now that I CANNOT take part in due to my work schedule. This region has SO many great events for all levels of interest and skill. Hoping I can slip away for a few once things settle down a bit!