Freedom from everyday life. Freedom from my problems. Freedom from stress.
It has become one of the biggest blessings in my life!
It the greatest discipline in my life. Everyday, it takes persistance, time, endurance, commitment.
I push through pain, wind, cold, exhaustion on a daily basis and mentally I am becoming a warrior.
An even stronger warrior than I already was.
Just like becoming a mother adds another layer to your being, so does running and it makes you a very dynamic person. It is something to be very proud of. It takes an incredible abount of work and perseverance.
When I first started running for the first three weeks I literally thought I might keel over and die. EVERYDAY!
So no I was not some "natural" runner. I don't think such a thing exists. Running is a very difficult sport and you must train to be good at it.
Then, slowly it got easier and it started to become enjoyable.
I started to become proud of my self. I would feel great if I could run just a little faster or a little longer than I had the day before.
When I started out I ran 12 minuet miles. I am now running Under 10 minuet miles, usually 8.52 -9.3
I have been running 15-30 miles a week for about 5 months now. I have seen DRAMATIC changes in my body......not weight wise, just visual wise.
Running makes me feel like an incredibly strong woman. I feel like I can do any ting when I run. I know when I finish my full marathon regardless of my time, my life will be forever changed.
It already is.
I'm fairly sure at this point I will never go back. I am a Runner for life. It consumes me. It's all I can think about. I can't stop reading books about it, researching gear, and meeting other runners. I love it.
When I run my mind goes into some state of zen. I think about a huge gamut of topics in the hours I run. Really, I think about everything and nothing and nothing at the same time, it's more like a beautiful meditation. Fleeting thoughts come and go but nothing lingers, nothing bothers me. By the time I get home,
It doesn't matter what kind of mood I was in before I left because when I return I am glowing..........serene, content!
My self esteem has improved 10 fold . Forget loosing 110 pounds......TO know I can run 15 miles with no problem makes me feel like a warrior, like I can do anything, I can overcome anything and I know I can! I have a feeling once I finish my first marathon this feeling with become greater and greater, almost as if I am unstoppable.
I never feel lonely when I run. I love the feeling of being all alone; my feet striking the pavement. I can hear my breath and feel my heart beat. I can tell weather I am running a nine or ten minuet mile just by my breathing pattern. It's amazing!!!
Everything about running makes me feel amazing!! I truly hope I never stop! I hope to be a marathon runner for life.
My 1/2 Marathon is in less than a week and I am PUMPED!!! I can't wait to see how much fun this is and how my time comes out!!!!
When I get home I am going to dive head first into FULL marathon training!!! I can't wait! I am on my way to fulfilling a life long dream. I'm shooting for a Marathon on May 5th. So I better get crackin'; doesn't give me much time!!!
Please friends if you have a goal, no matter how big, please go for it!!!!!! It will become a reality if you make it.
WHEN I RUN I AM FREE!!!!!
So I will be absent for a week starting at the end of this week or maybe earlier. I have a full work to complete PLUS pack for 2 adults and 2 babies for 7 days...YIKES!!! I have lists coming out the wazoo.
I will have 7 whole days just to soak up my family. I am so grateful!!! I have a few guest bloggers for you and an amazing giveaway. I will miss you all terribly but I promise I will make you proud and you can expect a full post about the race when I get back!!!!!