I am sure at some point or another you have thought to yourself that running is hard. It is often discouraging to newer runners who think that running is extraordinarily hard for them. I promise you even seasoned runners repeatedly tell themselves this same thing.
|Love this guy|
Do not be discouraged by how hard running is. The beauty in the run is that hard runs make you stronger. When you get stronger you have less hard runs, but they will still exist. Nothing worth it was ever easy – right?
Plain and simple running is hard, not just for you, but for everyone. Take it one step, one mile at a time and you will soon find you can do things you never thought possible.
At the beginning of the summer, I was scared for my training. I had no idea how I was going to train with three children. Yes I had three children when I trained for National, Boston and Potomac River Run Marathons, but one was in school and one was a newborn who slept a lot. How would I train with all three at home? I tried not to stress, I knew it would work out and I would adapt.
I often get asked when I run. When I run changes from week to week, month to month. I have taken a NO EXCUSES attitude with my running. I do what I have to do. Just when I figure out a schedule that works, something changes. I have to adapt.
I was again worried how I would fit running in with the start of school. Chloe is in 5 day a week school – she is gone 8+ hours a day. Miles has preschool 2 days a week for 3 hours and I do a Bible study for a couple of hours one morning. When was running going to fit in between taking care of my kids?
I run whenever I can. I wear my running clothes around for most of the day – so I can run when I get the chance. I keep the stroller in the car, so if I need to run at any given time I can.
Making it work has given me strength. When I feel weak I think about how I have trained this summer. I think about how I am making it work now. It’s hard for me but I do it.
|Beautiful sky at the start of our run!|
Knowing this gives me peace. With Columbus Marathon in a little over 3 weeks I know I have trained my heart out for a sub 3:20. If I get it – AWESOME. If I don’t, I plan to reflect on some of my stroller PR’s and be happy! I’ve accomplished more than I even thought possible.
|Baby C and I are happy after 11 miles together!|
Last Thursday I was tired – as in couldn’t keep my eyes open. I decided it was just the day to attempt another stroller PR. Tell TIRED WHO IS BOSS. I pushed Colton 11 miles for a new single stroller distance PR. TAKE THAT TIRED. The icing on the cake was seeing that my overall pace was sub 8 for those miles. My mind could not wrap itself around it.
Monday I had both boys with me on my run. The temperature was cool and so I figured I’d go for it again. My previous distance PR with the double had been 8 miles from 2009. I was ready to put a 2011 PR up on my blog. I ran 10 miles pushing both boys.
How does my body do this?
Find the courage in your body. Silence the self doubts. Believe you are worth it. Running will not be easy, but it will be more enjoyable. Find happiness in the small pr’s, the things you do on every day runs. Chasing race pr’s is fun, but remember why you started running in the first place.
Running is a gift, not a chore. You get to run, you don’t HAVE to run.