So this was me February 2013. 25 pounds heavier. Dying at the runDisney Princess Half Marathon (PHM). I would not have finished if it was not for my Husband standing next to me pushing me, inspiring me, telling me how good it will feel to finish.
He was gone throughout my training. Deployed. I tried to run which would always turn into walking. I went through such severe road blocks, Shin splints that caused me only to be able to walk on soft grassy/ or sand surfaces. As I would step onto pavement instant pain, instant ” oh shit.”
My training was less than consistent. I always did the long walks on the weekend. I gave up trying to jog whatsoever. Pain from my body, Pain from deployment, I could not even see the end goal insight of finishing the half marathon.
As we get into training for upcoming Fall races, and my Castle to Castle runDisney runs, I realized in 6 weeks my husband leaves for deployment AGAIN. Right now, he pushes me to do 5k’s every day. With rest days full of gym cross training. He forces me to run at his pace in intervals and lets me walk ( it’s like standing with a little movement forward) because I am so not at his pace.
So I have no idea how I will handle the deployment aspect emotionally. But I made a list of ways I can keep motivation in my running progression as I have come so far, and for my training plan for Tinkerbell, I am 9/459 miles that my plan outlines before the race. I will be able to run at pace. I will stop for characters I want pictures with, and I will not even think about giving up.
1. Pick a race that means something to you.
I am so excited to run the Princess 2014. I not only am stronger now, but I have a better management of my Asthma and Hashimoto’s. I am all over more prepared. I look forward to RUNNING and not dragging myself along.
Anyone Running castle to castle for the pink medal with me?