I am doing it! I am going to run a 50K in April and I have not been really committed to the training - or so I say. I used to be really good at journaling every run and I could definitely see when I was in the middle of training. I could see the weekly totals, I could see evidence of the good runs and the bad. I could compare my journal with the chosen training plan. I think without that written documentation it has been pretty easy for me to say "I am kinda training for a race that I MAY run in April." What?? That is not like me at all!!! I am usually all over training, writing, planning. So I did a a little reflecting last night. Am I or am I not training? Is my head into it? And what about my heart? Here is what I found out - I AM TRAINING!! Huge revelation, huh? Well, here is how I came up with this. I have done quite a few runs (not all of them pretty) that I would not have done had I not had a goal in mind!
1 week ago - ran 12 miles in sub zero temps, -25 windchill
Mon - hill repeats at 4 am cuz that is the only time I had in my day for that
Th - speedwork on the treadmill, I hate the TM but hated the wind outside even more
Sat - intended to do 14, felt great so we went 16. Facemask froze twice and icicles on eyelashes
Sun - 6 miles outside, started out fast (for me) and then turned to shuffling as the rain turned to ice.
Throw in a a couple of easy runs and three Body Pump classes.
So there it is! I guess I am in training mode! Those are the runs of a person who has a goal in mind. Those are runs with a purpose. The physical piece is there and obviously my heart is in it otherwise I wouldn't be out there doing it! So now if you ask me "Are you training for anything?" I will answer with a resounding "YES!"
Now for something so unrelated to running but a proud mommy moment that I love to share. My youngest daughter, my "Velcro baby," the one who cried at the start of every dance class, the one who I had to crouch behind at Christmas concerts to keep her on stage, the one who told me at 8 yrs old that she was going to live in my backyard when she was a grown-up, stood up in front of the entire student body at her school and gave a presentation on bullying!!! This was not an assignment - she did it because she saw a need for it. She first presented to her class and her teacher was so impressed she asked her to address her peers. And she did it - eloquently and confidently! And I got to see her do it!! Yes, I fought back the tears. She amazes me!!! BTW - she also was awarded Student of the Month at the assembly. In her words "It has been a stellar week!"