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How is the training going? I have been hearing that more and more lately. And my answer is that it is going slowly. If I didn’t have three kids to keep up with, a full volunteer schedule at their school, great weather of about 65 degrees with clear skies, and someone to run my errands and clean the house for me then maybe I would be doing better. Maybe if I hadn’t stepped on that toy at the bottom of the stairs in the dark and bruised my toe I wouldn’t have slowed down and ended up taking a few days off so that it could heal. Who knows?
I am still trying to love the idea of running, but that isn’t happening either. I do like how I feel when I am done with a run and I am much better at the actual running part now. I also know that I have the ability to do this, but I am most certainly NOT addicted to the sport yet. The temperature has dropped quite a bit though and most days I am running outside as opposed to going to the gym and running on the treadmill. Surprisingly I find it much easier to run outside now (and a lot more entertaining!) than I did before. A year ago, I had never run outside and now (assuming good weather) I am running outside more than going to the gym. A few times I have wondered if I should go ahead and cancel the gym membership and then it gets hot and muggy again or we have a few days of rain and I remember that it is good to have the option of going to the gym! I am easily running 4 miles now and have made it up to 6 at one time. With the passing of Thanksgiving I am now realizing that before I know it, Christmas will be here and gone and then in the blink of an eye it will be marathon time. I sometimes get panicky and think that I need to hurry up and get to 12 or 13 miles, but then I remind myself that this sort of thing takes time and if I rush it, I am more likely to get hurt or burn out. I get anxious some days and think that I won’t be up to it on race day. Friends remind me that the adrenaline will carry me farther than I think, and I sure hope they are right. Regardless, in the next month I need to add a mile or two to my daily workouts and get up to 7or 8 on my long weekend runs. It isn’t going to be easy with the holiday season gearing up. I am going to have to be more dedicated than ever so that I don’t lose ground. Completing the ½ marathon is my goal and I am going to do it. I cannot wait to get that Princess Medal at the end of the race! When I am having a really bad day, I think of that medal and press on. Wish me luck!