Sarah said: Um...HAVE FUN! I'm not sure if you remember, but I never actually got to run my race. I trained all the way up to the end, completing the long 20-miler and then fell to a small foot fracture. It was devastating, but I so fully enjoyed the training that all the effort was not in vain. Approach it as a huge, fun challenge and you will be rewarded ten-fold.
Thanks, Sarah! Has it been fun? Yeah, I guess it has! Not the running part, necessarily. But I've discovered so many things about myself during the training such as:
- If I have the right equipment, the cold doesn't bother me. I enjoy being outside after a long day of work, no matter the temperature.
- I have a lot more mind over body power than I'd ever given myself credit. I NEVER thought I would mentally get through the mental boredom of running for 2 hours straight, but I was wrong. Running provided me with the opportunity to clear my mind and mentally relax.
- And while I've always known I'm a tenacious person when I set a goal for myself, I wasn't sure I'd see this through given how much I'd disliked running. But with each run I completed, long or short, I felt really good about it and a small sense of accomplishment. So much so, I told Mr. Stranded that up until it starts snowing, I want to continue running outdoors and follow our training schedule: two 5-milers each week and one 3-miler with a run of my choice on the weekend. So for someone who couldn't stand running when we started this adventure, I've come a long way.
- AND --- although I haven't stepped on a scale or measured myself during the training, I feel fantastic. I'm finally starting to feel like my old self again. Size 4 is finally too big for me and I'm a solid size 2. Just a little bit more to go and I'll be my old size again!
Runner's Pick of the Week
I FINALLY uploaded my photos! Adrienne from The Rich Life (on a Budget) was kind enough to send a runner's care package with a variety of goodies. The package included a running magazine, water bottle with hand strap, Clif Energy Chews Shot Blocks, Skweet Sport Bottle Wash, Soothe Your Soles Cleansing Foot Towelette, Blister Shields, and Penguin Sport-Wash.
While we've enjoyed using everything, we did have our favorites. Mr. Stranded consumed the Shot Blocks the morning of the 10k and he liked them enough to buy more. The magazine made it into my bag for my many flights and helped to occupy my time, and I could not have been more excited to try the Sport-Wash! The sport wash removes odors completely, leaves no residue to interfere with moisture wicking fabric and restores factory-applied waterproofing. Cool product! Tried it, liked it and now I'm keeping my eyes open to buy more. Thank you so much, Adrienne! How thoughtful of you to send the package and it was much appreciated!
Well, I guess this is it. I'll let you know how next week goes, but this is my last training post. Thank you, once again, to all of you who have been checking in and cheering me on. Wish me luck for Sunday!!