Friday, May 30, 2008
Marathon Training! Week 1
Ok, so this is the third time I’m writing this post about the first week of my official marathon training. The first post was overly positive (Training is great! I’m following my dreams!), while the second was overly negative (I’m out of shape after Hawaii! It’s crazy hot here!). The reality probably lies somewhere in between. It’s true that I’m excited to be actually taking the steps – literally – towards a challenging goal. It’s also true that it’s just plain hard, and I’m having to let go of my previous, unrealistic expectations. [And, it’s just as true that it’s insanely hot here, which will require me to make friends with even earlier morning runs and treadmills in air-conditioned gyms.] I’m really trying to take everything for what it is. One bad run doesn’t mean I’m going to fail, just like one good run doesn’t mean I’ll automatically succeed. It sounds cliché, but there’s so much wisdom in saying to take it one step at a time. So here I start with a few small, but significant steps. And I’ll rejoice not because I’m breezing through the steps, but because I somehow found the courage to take the steps at all.