Ok people, I just have to throw this out there….
You may think it’s HOT, but you don’t know hot until you have suffered through an AZ summer. I’ll throw Kristina a little bone here because FL gets pretty hot but she has the beach so that doesn’t count lol. I haven’t been blogging much these last couple weeks but I try to stay on top of everyone else. All I hear is “hot, hot, hot” and at the same time I’m over here telling myself “sweet it’s only 102* today” lol.
Totally kidding, I understand it’s all a matter of perspective and what your body is acclimated to, but just have to give everyone a hard time because it’s a common trend across the blogging world.
So on to the real message at hand. I am literally days away from marathon training. I have no idea why, but I am seriously freaking out and at the same time super excited to get started. How does that even happen?? It reminds me of times that I’ve been preparing for a big exam; you have that feeling of doubt in your preparation and at the same time a level of confidence knowing you want to knock this thing out of the park. Every run feels like it’s a small building block for something much bigger which also creates anxiety at times. My leg feels a little tight, my IT Band feels a little tight, is my Plantar Fasciitis flaring up again….and on and on and on. Which then leads to thoughts about having 16 weeks of beating my body up, and there is NO WAY I can pull this off lol.
The saving grace in this scenario is all the others that have and are currently preparing for their marathon. So many have fought through this process themselves and made it through stronger and more determined. If others have braved this path, I know I can follow in their footsteps. Hanna over at The Millennial Next Door had a great post yesterday that was quite timely for me. I suggest you go over and take a read if you’re not already following her blog. In very short summary, overall she wants to look at things positively rather than negatively. Direct quote - “And instead of stressing over the fact that I’m going to miss one long run and probably a bunch of mid-week miles on vacation, why not re-frame this as a crucial chance to let my body recharge and recover?”
Needless to say, I’m going to take these next few days to MENTALLY prepare for the amazing journey that I’m about the embark on in the next few months. I really plan to document this first marathon because I think it will be pretty special. I considered vlogs through the process but I still can’t get over the fact I sound strange and look goofy on the camera so I think I’ll just avoid that whole nightmare lol.
Just some thoughts for today, high five to marathon training…..I think!!
What aspects of your life are you trying to flip around and think more positively about?
Do you freak out when you miss a work out or have to rearrange your training plan?