I can’t believe I’m already in my fifth week of half-marathon training. Running is finally beginning to feel slightly easier!
One of my biggest mental hurdles has been not getting down on myself for running at a slower pace than in the past. During my six mile run on Sunday, I started thinking back to when I first started running about eight years ago.
I didn’t know any other runners. I didn’t know what a fast pace was. I didn’t even have a running watch or GPS on my phone. I ran at the middle school track to keep track of my miles.
When I finished training runs, I felt a great sense of pride. Running any more than 3 miles seemed like such a huge accomplishment. The first time I ran 10 miles, I bought myself a giant cocktail ring to celebrate.
I’m working on accepting where I am in this moment and taking time to congratulate myself after each run.
Here are details from my training…