Happy 3 day weekend guys! Three day weekends when Monday is the day off are my favorite, because the following work week whizzes by!
Not training for any races has me kind of bummed out. (I’m hopefully starting fertility treatments soon so I’m not focusing on racing.) I’m a competitive girl and love running fast. So just doing what I want- and not following a training plan- isn’t always fun.
Yesterday, I set out for an easy 5 miles on the treadmill. But the girl next to me was running at a 7.0 speed, so I decided to take it a bit faster to kick her booty. (I am not the only person who does this ;) ). After a warm up, I kept the pace between 7.3- 7.5. I was feeling strong so I ran the last mile and a half at a 7:30 pace (8.0). My “easy” run ended up being 5 miles at 7:54. Oops! And it honestly didn’t feel hard. I started thinking what speed I was really capable of…
I went home and started searching for a race in the next couple of weeks… and then I realized I was being stupid. You don’t have to race to be a runner. Cutting back right now is what I need to do to achieve my real goal. I’ll race fast again one day, and my reward won’t be making it to the finish line; it will be kissing a little baby after I make it through the finish chute.
Then like magic I got a text message. My friend Brittney completed her first marathon! She did well and had a positive race experience :)
This completely lifted my spirits. I get such a thrill knowing others achieve their running goals. I was literally giddy with excitement knowing she did well. (I am so meant to be a coach… one day ;) )
In fact, despite not being in training mode and missing a few runs this week, it’s been a great week for running in my world. Four of my friends ran their first marathon this week!
Heather got into distance running after watching me run the Disney marathon two years ago. Well, now she can call herself a Disney marathoner!
Kelly also ran Disney, and is already making more 26.2 plans! I ran one of her first long runs for Disney training back with her in August.
Karen earned her Mickey medal last weekend, too. And rumor has it she’s thinking of tackling 26.2 again next month!
And Brittney ran Charleston yesterday! When I met her last year, she had not even ran a half marathon. She has come so far!
I am so proud of my friends. Go congratulate them! Completing your first marathon is such an accomplishment :)
Do you live vicariously through others when you’re not racing?