Thursday, March 15, 2012

Am I Crazy or What?

So - I am in the middle of training for this year's half marathon. I was planning on doing another one this fall. I have been doing 2 races a month. Actually, last week I did my 3rd 10K and set a new PR. (Don't get too excited, I still came in 4th in my age group and still took forever!) I had another 5K planned for 2 weeks down the road. Then, a friend found an inaugural race this coming weekend. It's a 5K and a half marathon. We signed up for the 5k; and I was happy!

Then she sends me a text and asks if I want to upgrade to the half. Well, you know I just couldn't leave that thought alone. But I have only done 8 miles twice since I broke my knee cap last August. I'm trying to slowly build up and still have several weeks until the scheduled half...but we just couldn't leave it alone.. so finally she had someone flip a coin and we won a half marathon! So now we have upgraded our status to the half come Sunday...What?

I feel so ill prepared... but I oddly so excited I can't stand it. I may have to crawl across the finish line after dark to embrace my finisher's medal.. but I'm gonna do it! We have agreed to go slow and just do the distance. It will really be a great warm-up and practice run....walk...lol!

My struggle is really mental. I keep telling myself I am just running two 6.5 mile races back to back. But I am not sure I am buying it yet! lol! It just pushes the envelope enough for it to be very exciting like a new adventure. On one hand I cannot wait until Sunday - on the other I'll hold out for Monday.

Here is my motivational thought that I saw posted on Facebook this week: There will be a day when I can no longer run. Today is not that day! I just love that. It's one of those quotes that just goes inside you and supercharges you, you know? Kinda like I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. It's one of those things that you can grab hold of and use. There are a lot of scriptures like that - ones which we can use for our daily motivation. Mine for today is in Isaiah 40:28. It says Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth...does not become weary or tired.  I think I will run with Him for awhile! It's so good to know that He will never get tired of me and I will never get on His nerves...even when I start praying for strength to run a half marathon I am undertrained for! lol! 

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