My very first half marathon is in October, it's happening... I already paid for it! I've been following a training plan for my running, and have been doing pretty well. I've built up to 10 miles for my long runs. The shorter runs have been mainly on the treadmill due to the August heat, but that heat wave broke and the weather has been much more conducive to running outside. I will be making sure to keep the hills in my planning so once a week I go visit my parent's house to "borrow" their hills (my current location is pretty flat... and it's not the best area to go running alone)
This week is my recovery week for my training plan. Although the mileage has backed off a bit it's not supposed to be as little as I have found myself to have completed. I think I sort of took to heart the recovery part of the program and have found that I've taken two rest days and have only completed a couple cross training workouts... short in duration. Normally I would have been really hard on myself and found it discouraging and wanted to start over when I can "really commit" instead I've been trying to listen to my body more and this week has just been crazy busy. We're going away for the weekend, nice little getaway. I looked at the gym's class schedule there... yes I'm THAT person :) and found that they have yoga in the morning. I am so going!
I've also made it a point to incorporate yoga back into my routine, and it has made a huge difference in every aspect that you can think of. My mindset is better, my legs don't hurt all the time, my hips feel good, I feel more at peace and more able to cope, and I've managed to actually get into some poses that I had previously struggled with.
So, for this time in my training and my life I have decided to listen to what my body has to say. The whole reason that I do what I do is because I love challenging myself with new and exciting things, but I also want a strong, healthy body that will get me through many many years of hard challenges and life experiences. Weight is no longer my motivation.
I'm motivated to move because I love to move. Period.
Run Hard, Train Hard, Love Harder