For the past couple weeks I have been lazy. There, I said it. I haven’t frequented the gym, nor have I trained for any of the 5k’s that I have signed up for this year. All three of them. Each weather condition and course has been completely different from the other, which I appreciate. It really allows me to focus on what strengths my body has and where I still need to get better. They all lead back to motivation and eating. Motivating myself and eating well will keep me pressing forward.
A while ago, I gave up running. I thought that running races was not where my passion lied and that I wanted to lift, and don’t get me wrong, I still do. However, through these past three races, I have discovered that running is “me time”. It’s my place to re-focus my center and re-discover things about me. Finally, on race number three, I get it. I need both. I need the time in the gym to lift all the heavy things but I also need to be free, running, sorting things in my head. I lost a big part of that when I just stopped and didn’t think I needed to keep running. Silly me.
My first race of the season was beyond cold, a steep hill and a little bit icy. Race two was sunny, flat, out and back twice. This race was a mixture between road race, trail race, rain, wind and I was wet. Welcome to Michigan. Which I love.
My time officially was 40:34. My time didn’t change but I found it to be pretty impressive considering NO TRAINING since the second race, and absolutely no running for a week and a half, on top of the conditions. So, with me not regressing but also not making improvements, it encourages me to continue on and fight for where I want to be, with also accepting my body in its current state.
Let me just put Addie on a soap box for a minute. She fought today, longer than I had, with the rain and the conditions actually worsened after I had finished. We had a conversation prior to race start about her dropping down to a 10k. But, when the race started, she decided that she would figure it out with the turnaround was presented. That girl finished a half marathon today. And guess what? She was not training for that either. She amazes me every day. Blisters on her feet, soaking wet and STILL smiling at the end of it. She encourages me to take care of myself and press on. I could not ask for a better example as a friend and I am so very proud of her.
Below are some pictures, enjoy!