Playing Catch Up

Hello blogosphere.  I have missed you!  It’s past time for updates.  I am anxious to share about my experience on Capitol Hill, but for today, let’s get up to speed on my half marathon training (have you missed my puns?).

In January, at the first group run, our training coordinator noted that this journey would require sacrifice.  The further into this journey I have traveled, the more I appreciate her statement.  My greatest sacrifice is time.  As the weekly training miles increase, so does my time commitment.  Squeezing in a four to six mile run three times between Monday and Thursday each week is challenging.  I sacrifice time with my family and friends.  I put off tasks that have a tendency to become daunting when left undone for too long.  I’m so very thankful to my husband, kids, parents, and friends for being gracious, supportive, and forgiving of this sacrifice of time.

Mileage-wise, I now have ten consecutive miles under my water belt (Admit it.  You missed my puns).  I’ve learned that every run is different; some are relatively smooth, others are a battle to the finish.  Instead of thinking about how many miles and hills I have ahead of me, I’ve realized that I have to focus on the present and take it one step at a time.  As one of our trainers said to me last week, “You’re not a speed runner, you’re an endurance runner.” In the end, whether I’m running, walking, or crawling, I will get there.  Yes, this is a physical journey, but even more so, it is one of the mind and spirit.  In the end, it will be worth it.


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  1. Your trainer is SO right. It’s not about how face you go — it’s about finishing it. It’s about meeting that goal. And you CAN, and will, do this. *waves pom-poms*

    So proud of you for how far you’ve come. LOVE that photo, btw. 🙂

  2. Ali, you are my cheerleader extraordinaire! The words on that photo apply to all aspects of life, don’t they. 🙂


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