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Monday, March 8, 2010

Talking myself into it

That is exactly what I did on Sunday for my long run, my first ever run of 8 miles at once. I was not feeling it when I woke up and even when I started out on my run, this nagging feeling of needing to quit kept creeping up on me all the way through mile 4. The entire 4 miles, I just kept telling myself, you don't need to do the full 8, you can do another 7 miler like you did on Monday, just keep plugging and don't worry about the pace, take it slow. Then on mile 5, I felt a need to complete the entire 8 miles. I started feeling better and was more determined to actually complete the 8. I basically talked myself into it and it worked. I find that I do this often. One of the reasons being, is that my training schedule has several weeks worth of padding built into it, meaning it is much longer than the timeframe it is meant to be because my half-marathon isn't until the first week in May. I don't know that it's a good thing to have extra weeks built in because it does allow me the chance to chicken out on some weeks. At any rate, I made it! I felt so much better after, knowing that I did it just by mentally giving myself that extra push.
One of my best friends who moved from California to Chicago about 6 months ago, was in town. We met up with her and her fiancee at BJ's and we all shared some good beer and good times. After drinks, we went to see Alice in Wonderland. I LOVED it!! I now want to go back and read the book because I never have before. Johnny Depp was awesome in it. I love Tim Burton's movies.
I found a 10K to run on March 28th that is local. It's the Morgan Hill Wildflower Run. My husband wants to do the 5K and I'm going to do the 10K. I'm excited that he is showing at least a little bit of interest in running 5Ks!! Nice bonus is that we get a free Jamba Juice smoothie after the race! And it's in the same town where my in-laws live, I think my mother-in-law is going to do the walk and then we will all go out for brunch afterward, should be a nice morning.
Have a great week everyone!!!


  1. Yay, you did it! Running can be such a mental sport...sounds like you've found a cool race to run and then celebrate with your husband and mom :)

  2. That race sounds fun with your husband and MIL. You are getting the bug for sure!

  3. Getting over that mental hurdle is huge! Congrats on getting it done!

  4. Yeah for the 8!! I told you it was my favorite! Good for you to get some races in. Sounds pretty. My 1st 1/2 is this weekend!! Wish me luck!