Monthly Archives: January 2014

Marathon Monday: I feel tough. I feel empowered. I run.

“Tough times don’t last, but tough people do.” -Robert Schuller

I’m going to go ahead and say that I am tough. Why? Well, because two days ago I got up at 6:30 am and ran 10 miles (my longest run yet) outside. It was snowy. The wind howled by at 25 mph. Hardest core of all, the windchill was -14. At least that’s what my phone said…before it froze to death around mile 6. =( (I was sad not only to lose my GPS, but also to be left hanging in the middle of an amazing Matt Chandler sermon). Luckily by that point I had met up with some lovely ladies from the QCMRTT (mom’s run this town) group and they were able to track our distance and pace.

I’ve missed a few weeks of “Marathon Monday” on the blog, but I haven’t missed a week of running! Mile by mile, I am training my way toward the Nashville Rock N’ Roll Marathon on April 26th. (3 months…eeek!)

The weekly 3-5 mile runs vary from feeling easy to feeling like the worst run of my life, but I just keep putting one foot in front of another. Building up my tolerance. Stretching my lung capacity. Training my heart, my legs, my feet.

Even on days like Saturday when I worry about getting frostbite on my toes and nose, and when my 3 layers on top & 2 pairs of pants don’t keep me warm…I can honestly say that RUNNING MAKES ME FEEL ALIVE.

I really missed it, and I’m so glad that I’m on this marathon journey. It’s quite empowering to train for what I used to see as completely unattainable.

It has not been easy, but it has already been so worth it. The habits are slowly forming, making it slightly easier. But seriously, is it ever going to be easy to get out from under warm covers and workout? I think not ;o)

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What are you working toward in your life? If you’re feeling overwhelmed, break it down into baby steps. Make a plan and don’t give up! Tomorrow is a new day.

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