It’s less than 48 hours until I toe the starting line of my very first half marathon…the time period when self-doubt is starting to creep in. My training hasn’t gone exactly as planned this summer, and I did not log as many miles (or do as much cross-training) as I’d hoped. And the fact that my husband has been moping around because his training has gone pretty poorly is not helping!
So it’s time to pull out my Stewart-Smalley-inspired self affirmations, and get my game face on! Instead of focusing on what I haven’t been able to do, I need to fill my head with what I have accomplished during the past 4 months:
- Since officially starting my training plan, I have completed 36 runs: 11 speed workouts, 16 tempo runs, and 9 long runs. A conservative estimate puts me at just over 200 miles total.
- At the beginning of the summer my long run was 5 miles, and the thought of more than doubling it seemed impossible. Two weeks ago I ran 14 miles and I was not even sore the next day!
- I set a new PR (personal record) of 28:08 at a 5K distance, significantly faster than the 30:00 goal I had set for myself before the race. And this was at the beginning of the summer, before doing all of those speed workouts.
- I competed in my first 10K, and came in under my goal of one hour, with a time of 59:21, despite temperatures nearing 80 degrees … and passed several runners in the last mile.
- I have lost 10-15 pounds and 1-2 dress sizes in the process. I am lighter and leaner, a good thing for a distance runner.
- I ran in the rain, in the wind, in the heat, and whatever else mother nature threw at me … and liked it!
- I did all of the above while avoiding any major injury. So I have to feel good about being a “smart” runner, building my mileage gradually and recovering properly.
- Now that I look back on this summer and all that I’ve accomplished, I am really looking forward to Sunday morning. My strategy is pretty simple: start slow, take early walk breaks, and finish strong. I don’t have a specific time goal, just to cross the finish line with a smile on my face. I know I can do it because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me!