Thursdays are cross training. I gave a lot of thought to what I wanted these days to look like, as I currently don’t have a bike or gym membership or easy access to a rowing machine or something of the like. Then I remembered I accidentally bought myself trail shoes, so…
…I’m going “all-terrain” for this race training schedule! I admit, I went back and forth about returning the shoes when I realized my brand new ASICS GEL-Venture 6 shoes were trail runners. But after some quick research, aka an agenda-driven google search, I decided more supportive shoes with extra tread were just what my postpartum feet needed. I’ve had no problems with them this whole week, and it makes cross training on the trail even more ideal.
I ran 1.5 miles this morning, no intervals or walking. I ran the whole way. That’s the longest distance I’ve ran in months, and this is coming from someone who’s ran a marathon – twice! I am so excited to be on my feet again, moving, feeling accomplished, getting stronger.
And the best part of this whole training thing is that I know it works. It works! 1.5 miles was a feat to accomplish today but in only a few weeks it’s going to be 4. And then 5. And before I know it, I’ll be back up to a half marathon.
I know this because I’ve done it before. I started out with 2 miles feeling impossible and reached the point when 6 miles was my “short run.”
The process works. I just have to stick to it.
That’s what running provides for me: consistency. A goal. The feeling of daily accomplishment before I’ve made any meals or done any laundry. The excitement and hope of knowing that I WILL get there – whether it be a distance I haven’t run before or just across the finish line of another race. That all this hard work WILL pay off.
And that is exactly what my mom life had been missing. It is for this reason I will always be a runner.