I haven’t been following my half marathon training one hundred percent. My schedule is just too full so I try to find time to run when I am able. This past Saturday afternoon was wide open so I had no reason not to run. I finished work around 1:30 and I went to Target to grab a Clif bar (Chocolate Coconut, by the way) and then I headed to the gym. I told myself going in that I was going to stay for two hours and I was going to attempt seven miles. The most I had ever ran at one time is five miles, which was last summer. And the most I have ran at one time this year was four miles. Seven miles would have been a huge accomplishment for me.
I got on the treadmill and just went for it. Mile one felt pretty good. Mile two was a little more difficult. I started to doubt seven miles. How was I ever going to do seven miles at one time? I decided to turn on Katy Perry’s documentary on Netflix on my phone. I was able to keep my mind off of the miles and before I knew it I was finishing up four miles and I had been on the treadmill for an hour. The treadmill automatically went into a cool down at that point so I took advantage of it and ran to the restroom. At this point I was pumped. I was more than halfway done. I started to believe I could actually do it.
Mile six was brutal. I started to get a sharp pain in my right foot. I tried to walk a little until the pain went away. Once I felt better I started running again. When I began mile seven I felt weak. Next time I do a long run I am going to bring a snack to eat around this point. I really needed fuel but I didn’t have any and I didn’t want to quit. I decided I would just walk to last mile. I started to think about how far I had come and then I told myself, “I can’t walk the last mile!” I started running again and I ran until the end.
I felt so proud when I stepped off that treadmill. I had beaten my own personal record. That is probably one of the best feelings in the world. What I’ve learned through this experience is that we need to just be the best versions of ourselves. We need to stop comparing ourselves to others. We need to just be better than who we were yesterday. I feel much more confident in finishing my half marathon. I had my doubts but now I know that I am capable of anything.
I came up with a little something called Motivate Myself Monday. I put some photos together to remind myself how far I’ve come.