Here Goes Everything!

Apparently there must be something wrong with me. Some part of my brain must be damaged.
Why do I say this? Because I’m planning to take part in two races this year. This will be the first time in my life, and I’m running two of them. The first one will be a Baltimore race, with a ton of hills from what I hear. After getting myself into that, I somehow let Denise talk me into another marathon. As crazy as it sounds, I’m excited about running and completing both races.  So here goes…

I’ve been running, but up until recently, not consistently enough for a marathon. I’ve battled some heath issues, but I refuse to let them keep me down. I’ve always been competitive, and refuse to give up. This will be another one of those times. If I can do it, you can too.  So here is where I am, I currently can run 4 miles before I tap out.  The more consistent I get, the more I’ll be able to run.  While my time has gotten better, it’s my miles that I’m concerned about.  The Baltimore race will challenge me if I don’t start training on hills.

My two biggest struggles are time management, and health issues.  I battle with Endometriosis, and often find myself in pain.  I’ve started a natural herbal treatment to help with the pain, and that has improved the pain management, and allowed me to run more regularly.  Now the time management is a challenge for me because I have a million things happening at the same time.  I’m figuring out a system, even if it does include “to do” lists for the day.

To be honest, I like to run because it allows me the space and time I need to clear my head and sort out my thoughts.  I’ve run 5ks before with no problem. I competed in the Rebel Race as well, which is a race/obstacle course. I had a ball!  However, running is truly a mental thing.  I find I have to psych myself up after a few miles to keep going.  I also had to go by a schedule to ensure I don’t hurt myself while training.

Here’s my schedule:

2 days of running

1 day of rest or strength training like swimming, yoga, etc. Something that doesn’t cause impact to the body.

2 days of running

1 day of rest or strength training

1 day of rest

So you tell me, what’s your schedule? Are you just starting? Or are you an experienced runner?

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