As most of you know, my ultimate goal/plan is to run the Chicago Marathon on October 7th. And I have the Fox Valley 20 miler planned just 2 weeks prior in September.
Knowing I needed to take baby steps on this journey, I registered for the Chi-town ½ which is being held in Schaumberg, IL on the 20th of May. I figured this would keep me motivated, going, pushing, and running throughout the spring and early summer before my official training started. My husband may be gone, but I have goals to push towards!
I STARTED running again in December, slow, yet steady, and am now finally feeling like I am “in training.” Today, I wanted to come home from work and lay on the couch, but my 4 mile run called my name.
I fed the kids; made sure the dog was taken out, and hit the neighborhood running/bike trails. My right
entire right leg was hurting, from my toes to my hip, but I know you can’t get to your goal without a little bit of struggling.
And a struggle this run was…I was feeling a bit “off” which didn’t help…I’d have given anything to have my sister by my side-so spoiled Saturday…but I ran straight through two miles and gave myself a moment to regain momentum. The last two miles were dead against the wind, but I refused to let the wind, WIN. Nope. I may have had to stop on the bridge over Randall Rd to catch my breath…but I kept pushing. I finished 4.15 miles in just over 38 minutes, and was greeted by my kids playing in the front yard.
Odd note…I took my Epson salt bath, and got Sophia her bath as well. But while getting dressed I finally started to see the difference this training is making. I have altered my lifestyle, be it between eating, and working out-and it’s paying off (I hope!)!
This made my day…
Tomorrow is cross training day, BRING IT ON!