MARATHON UPDATE: FOUR WEEKS TO GO
This is my fourth time training for the New York City Marathon and the butterflies are still there. It doesn’t really get easier I have to admit. The discipline of training gets easier, but the actual work doesn’t get easier. In fact, it becomes harder in my opinion. I’ve definitely gotten faster, but with speed comes its own problems. It’s almost as if training becomes harder as I advance. When I first started running, I only worked to finish. Now, my mind is all over the place working on speed, posture, breathing, stride, nutrition, resting, and doing it better each and every time. Normally I would think about gear and what to wear during a run, but Asics has taken care of all that for me.
Yesterday I ran my fastest Half-Marathon and set a personal record (PR) by :50 seconds. I should have been happy that I set a PR yesterday, but I have to admit that I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t shave more time. :50 seconds just didn’t seem like it was enough for all the work I had put in.
I alluded to my disappointment on Instagram and my Insta-friends were quick to remind me that a PR is still a PR, and their comments quickly gave me an attitude adjustment. While on a walk with my boyfriend, he reminded me to:
Stop being so hard on yourself. There are enough people in this world who will do it for you.
I’ve got four weeks to tame my ‘tude because running is not about proving anything to anyone. It’s about doing YOUR own best.
How do you keep things into perspective and keep your attitude in check?