Honestly? It’s crazy how good and strong I’m feeling right now. If it’s possible, I feel even stronger and more confident with one month to go before the Green Strides half marathon than I did just before the YuKanRun half marathon.
I’ve approached this “training cycle” (if you can even call it one) so differently. Mostly because I was already conditioned for higher mileage having just come off the half in August that really, the past month or so has been about sustaining the momentum more than anything. And this training cycle is also different because, well, all training cycles are different, right? And in my case, I “train” by my own rules, by a loose training schedule – four runs per week, averaging between 5-7 miles to upwards of 10 or 11 miles, with intervals mixed in for speed.
And I honestly think these two things combined are what have given me such a happy, confident outlook on running lately.
And a main reason why I’m all about finding a marathon to own in 2012…
…because I’m happy and confident.
…because I’m learning to “just run.”
…and I’m finding such joy in that.
I even noticed more strength and endurance during last night’s series of barre n9ne workouts – particularly during the first class, long & lean legs. A class that kills me everytime but that I love dearly because it *does* kick my ass everytime. I was able to go deeper in the moves (TWSS moment??), hold each poses longer and more effectively, allow the shake to happen.
It felt a bit like a turning point. I felt – and feel – like an athlete. A phrase I’ve always admired – in others – those that I’d define as “athletes.” But me? An athlete? I never thought of myself that way. Until now.
It’s all of these things combined – the confidence, the happy (and strong) runner in me – that’s making me really excited for this 13.1
I’m not nervous.
I’m not anxious.
I’m looking forward to October 23.
The day I meet my 13.1 (again).