9 Miles

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This past Saturday I had my longest run to date which was 9 miles. I know I still have a ways to go to get to 26.2 miles, but it was a huge accomplishment for me. The first 7 miles I was feeling pretty good, but the last 2 my legs were starting to hurt, and I was thinking about slowing down my pace because I was sore. Then I thought about how much I had already accomplished in my training thus far. As I have mentioned before, I have never been a runner. I used to hate cardio because I would be so out of breath that I could barely function, but here I am now, 7 miles down and not out of breath at all. I realized that the only thing that was stopping me was the pain in my legs, but that did not make sense because I have a very high pain tolerance. So what was really stopping me? It was my mind. My brain was saying, “you have already gone 7 miles, that is enough, you can stop”. I was full capable of pushing past the pain in my legs and finishing the last 2 miles. So I did. I ignored my brain and just kept going, and before I knew it I had run 9 miles. Afterward, I felt an immense feeling of accomplishment. The reality that my mind is going to be the biggest hurdle that I have to overcome when it comes to this marathon was made very clear on Saturday.

What do you let your mind stop you from doing?

Training

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Since I am training for my first marathon, I made sure to give myself plenty of time to train so that I would be prepared for task ahead of me. So I began training a few weeks ago. I looked online at different training programs and decided to loosely follow one, as far as how fast I should build up mileage. I am always in a hurry to push myself, and I knew that if I built up mileage too fast then I would injure myself, and then have to stop training all together to recover. Therefore, i have been trying to pace myself.

Right now my training consists of bootcamp classes twice a week for an hour each, one 50 minute SLT class, two shorter 3-4 mile runs, one long run, and then one day to recover. So far, the longest run I have done is seven miles, and so I still have a ways to go. However, I have realized that my legs can keep going for a long time, but it is my mind that gets in the way. I start getting bored from the monotony of running. Right now I am running on the treadmill in order to get my legs used to the motion of running, so that it becomes second nature. I usually watch a show or movie and just pound out my miles. I also am not a fan of running in the city because I feel like everyone is staring at me. Lol. Plus there is nothing to look at. However, as the weather is getting nicer, I will soon be doing my long runs outside because I know there is a big difference between running on the treadmill and running outside.

It is still strange for me to think that I get up each morning to train for a marathon. I am becoming a runner, something I never thought I would become. It is such a foreign concept to me. Sometimes I don’t feel like running and dread the hour I am going to spend on the treadmill, but then I think of how I will regret not being prepared when I am faced with those 26.2 miles. I also know I can’t back out now because I have already booked my flight to New Zealand and signed up for the race. Then when all of that reasoning fails, I remember the charity I am supporting, and know that I cannot give up 🙂 The people, who will benefit from the money I raise from this run, walk miles everyday just to get clean water. If they can do that everyday, I can do 26.2 miles for one day. What motivates you to keep going?

Why do a Marathon?!

So this is my first marathon, and honestly, I have never been a runner. I always hated running and cardio in general, and so I thought I could never run a marathon and never even had a desire to attempt one. So, why am I running a marathon then? Well I have always said that I do not ever want to feel like there is something that I cannot do. I do not want to limit myself by thinking I cannot do something. I should be able to do anything I put my mind to as long as I put in the time and effort. So I decided that if I can complete a marathon, since it’s the one thing I always said. I could not do, then I can do anything!

But I knew that if I was going to do one then it couldn’t be just any marathon because I HATE running through the city. I always feel like everyone is staring at me, I hate dodging the stoplights and all the people, and there is no scenery. I am not a city person. Lol. I do, however, love running trails through the woods or hiking, so I knew that I had to find a marathon where I would be running through nature. So I started researching and stumbled upon this one is New Zealand. I have always wanted to go there and figured I would make a vacation out of it. Plus, I was using frequent flier miles to book the ticket so it was not costing me a fortune to get there. So I booked the ticket and signed up for the marathon, which meant that now I was committed.

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However, I also knew that self motivation would only get me so far, which is why I decided to run to support World Vision. It’s a great organization that helps provide needs for people in impoverished countries. I really have a passion for mission trips and charities abroad so this felt like the extra motivation I would need to complete this marathon. You can read more about the charity and what exactly I am supporting in my previous post in the marathon adventure category. It will also give you information on donating to the cause if you feel lead too 🙂

In future posts I will discuss what I am doing to train for the marathon as well as my journey up until the marathon. So wish me luck! Have any of you ever thought of completing a marathon or actually completed one? What is stopping you or motivated you to start?

First Marathon

So my current adventure is training for my first marathon. I will post about my trials, tribulations, and progress in later posts, but here is a little synopsis of what I am doing. Below is the information from my fundraising page for World Vision, and it gives background on the charity I am supporting. So check it out 🙂

Hey guys, most of you know me as the girl who loves a new adventure and so I had been thinking about running a marathon for while now. To me it seemed like something I could never do, especially because I always hated running. That is exactly why I have started training for one. So on October 11th, 2014 I will be running in the Great Barrier Island wharf to wharf marathon in New Zealand! I guess in my mind, if I can do this, then I can conquer anything, but I really need a reason to back what I am doing because self motivation can only get me so far, especially on those tough training day.

I am also really big into mission trips and charities abroad, and so when I came upon World Vision I knew this was the extra push I needed, not to mention a perfect fit for me. Now I am running with a cause. I’m running with Team World Vision to help provide clean water for communities in Africa. We are all blessed with clean water here in the U.S. and therefore often take it for granted, I know I am guilty of this as well. All of the money I receive from this fundraiser will go directly to World Vision, none of it will be used to fund my travel or expenses. So I urge you to check out the video about World Vision, and give as you feel lead to, no matter how small, every little bit counts.

$50 = clean water for 1 person

Together we can help change lives in Africa across Ghana, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia.

Thanks for your support!

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World Vision works with communities in desperate need to help provide things like clean water, nutritious food, education, medical care, and economic opportunity.

 

If you want to donate for my cause you can go to http://teamworldvision.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.participant&participantID=3876