Backseat Driver38, Mars, Pennsylvania
In running you'd think you need strong legs, but I think you need a strong heart and a strong mind. I really believe running is a HUGE mental game. My mind gets me through a lot of tough runs.
I did my first sprint triathlon in 2009. It was the Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race and I was very proud of swimming in the Allegheny River. It was probably the most terrifying thing I have ever done. Talk about feeling like a small fish.
I've always been a determined person who gives 100% to anything I do. I don't believe in doing things half assed. That's why I always sign up for races. I know I'll give my training 100% if I'm working toward a goal of running a race. It keeps me accountable.
The Cleveland Rock and Roll Half better be scenic. I ran Rock n Roll Dallas and was so disappointed by the course. I wanted to SEE Dallas and all I saw was suburbs. I hope the Cleveland course at least takes us through some interesting areas.
Some people don't understand runners and I get it, I really do. I used to think runners were crazy people too. I swear I want to convert every person I meet to a runner, because it's something ANYONE can do and then you can be crazy with me!
My mom thinks I'm crazy. At least I think she does. I think she's always in mother "protective mode" and she doesn't understand why I have to do things that make me get hurt or injured. I guess that makes her... well a mom! haha
When I run I pray I'll enter "the zone". There's nothing like entering the zone and be running without thinking about running. Next thing you know you've run 2 miles and don't realize how you got there.
It has been in the low 60s here in the mornings. I really would take advantage of the cooler temps and get out early and run. Lately sleep has been trumping early wake-ups. I feel like I'll get back in the groove when the kids are back in school. I'm really focused on enjoying summer with my kids and I think I've done a good job of that this year.
I thought I'd run the Steelers Gatorade 5k this year. How long have I been saying I need to do a 5k? But, but, but... I don't want to pay to disappoint myself. I need to get back to good running shape before I do a 5k. I want a GOOD 5k PR.
I think a lot while I'm running. Remember the zone? I also think about my blog posts when I run. I'll look down at my Garmin and say to myself to make a mental note, "yeah at mile 7.48 it started sucking". haha
I might plan to do another marathon one day, but it's not in my near future. I just don't love it. There, I said it!