I have decided I want to run a race in the spring of 2016. I haven’t picked a race, but I am leaning towards a marathon/50K distance run on trails. And if I had my choice, I would love to head up to North Carolina to see what they have.
Okay….what’s the big deal? Just pick a race and go do it.
That sounds simple enough, but here is the problem:
Those are my running miles for the past 6 months. Impressive aren’t they? I am not going to go through the list of excuses, because…….well they are just excuses. I have been going to the gym 2 to 3 times a week doing some strength training. But that is not going to get me 10, 15 or 30 miles down the trail. I’m going to have to start from scratch and put in some miles.
So that is what I will do…..start from scratch. I will go through the runs where my heart rate spikes at half a mile and I want to die. I will go through those runs where I walk at 1 mile….1.5 miles…..1.8 miles…….until I walk home. I will go through those runs where my average pace is closer to my speed from the couch to the fridge than a decent 5K pace. I will go through those runs where my legs start out feeling like lead and get worse!
I will start from scratch and go through all of that because eventually it will come around. I will be running 5, 7, 10 miles and it will all be comfortable. I will be running and having to slow my pace down to ensure I have energy for the later miles. I will be running where my legs feel light and quick with the feeling I could run for ever.
And then it will be worth all the pain.
But for now………I just have to start.