I was supposed to run the Dublin City Marathon Half yesterday. I didn’t due to injury; but my beautiful balloon did.
I had a lot riding on this race; some personal and some physical. For me it was yet again another big test of my abilities and training. In the week leading up to the race I was constantly asking my coach various questions, making sure I understood the strategy and that I was really prepared for this.
It didn’t help that the day before the race the weather turned stormy and the day of the race was predicted to be stormy, windy, rainy but humid.
Sometimes, I compare myself to others and spiral into negative thoughts about myself. Here’s how I get out of it!
In 10 days time I’ll be running my first 10 mile race. the Frank Duffy 10 mile, part of the Dublin City Marathon Race Series. It’s also the longest race I’ll be running since I began Project Speedy. I know how 41 weeks of training in my legs.
Has it really been that long? When I decided to concentrate on speedwork training, last November, I wanted to give myself at least a year to conquer my goals. 41 weeks later and here I am. Boy, does time ever fly when you’re having fun
Last year the Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon here in Dublin was my first ever half marathon. This year, it was my first time volunteering at a race. It was a fantastic experience and more than anything it really opened my eyes to what it takes to put on a race. As a runner, and racer myself, the day gave me a whole new appreciation for race organizers and volunteers.
Vlogging about my recent body composition test.What happened, what were the results and what am I going to do with the information?
What is This Fat Girl made of?
It’s hard to believe but it’s been 3 years since I went for my first run. Nervous, self-conscious, unsure; what got me out the door was a sense of now or never. I had to at least try running; and in trying discovered I love it.
I love running. I love the sense of achievement it gives me. I love how I feel so strong and capable when I’m running. I love pushing myself in a race; and I really love getting a PB in a race. I love the community I’ve discovered and the friends I’ve made.
Running is such an important part of my life now, I can’t imagine being without it.
If I could go back to this day three years ago, I would give myself the biggest ‘thank you’ possible. I would tell myself that it will be hard but it will be so, so worth it. I would tell myself to never give up. I would tell myself…
Actually. You know what…I did tell myself all these things. I still do.
On Thursday I went over to Run Logic for a free gait analysis with Brooks Running. They were offering a new kind of analysis on the day, and I wanted to give it a try and see what came of the results.
I got there, a little nervous because I didn’t know what to expect; and I’m also shy so meeting new people was daunting! But I got over that, changed into my running gear and hopped onto the treadmill.
I just posted my third video log, talking about my attitude towards food (particularly as a runner) and inviting you to help keep me accountable.
In other news, I am working on my next running post about my recent gait analysis and will post that tomorrow. It was a fascinating experience!
My second video log, giving a little bit of my history; where I’m at, how I got here and where I want to go.