Running is a Challenge That I Love Facing Every Week!
The Allstate Fort Lauderdale Half Marathon is now officially less than three months away!
Today I tackled a 5.5 mile run and felt great. I hit even splits and was in such a nice flow throughout the whole run.
It was one of those days where:
A. I am astounded by how far I’ve come as a runner since last fall.
B. Time passes really fast.
C. I wonder if anyone can listen to “Defying Gravity” while running and not tear up.
There was one point towards the end of the run where I started getting a little tired, but I just reminded myself of something ultramarathoner Scott Jurek says in his book “Eat and Run”:
“This is what you came for.”
So true. Running isn’t about doing something easy.
Before I start a long run I know it’s not going to be all roses and cupcakes and I’m okay with that because running is about challenging myself. If it were easy all the time it would’t be a challenge. The challenge is what I’m searching for. It’s what I came for.
Reminding myself of that when the going got a little hard helped me finish strong.
I have a long way to go before I can add a 13.1 sticker to the back of my car, but I’m getting there!
In preparation for the half, I’m looking for some shorter races to do in September and October.
One race I’m doing for sure is the 17th Annual Dunn’s Run in Deerfield Beach, Fl. It’s a 5K / 5 miler run that unofficially kicks off racing season here in south Florida. It will be held on October 6th this year and benefits the Broward Boys and Girls Club.
I’m participating in the 5 mile portion of the event and am VERY excited to get back out there – I miss the feeling of crossing a finish line!
Other than the Dunn’s Run I’m looking for a 10K to do sometime soon – hopefully in September, but that may be wishful thinking. I haven’t heard about any 10Ks in the area yet, and being only a month away I would imagine the race director would have started advertising it by now.
I’m super excited about participating in a bunch of running events this fall and winter. This past February I ran my first 5K … and then my second, third and fourth. But even by my fourth one I still had a lot of beginner’s nerves. I’m much more confident as a runner now and I’m ready for new challenges!
How did your training go this week?
Did you have a good long run this weekend? How many miles?
Dunn’s Run has offered me a free race entry in exchange for blogging about the event. All thoughts and opinions are my own.