Sunday, July 20, 2008

marathon mommies:(bi)-weekly log

Ladies - How's it going? I hope the summer heat and humidity hasn't been slowing you down! I know it's hard, believe you me, I KNOW! But hang in there, because our training is over half over and the light is just around the corner! The "light" being the day after the 1/2 marathon, when we can finally kick off our running shoes and take a little break!

Through this training, I've determined one thing: I will not stop running. Ever. I've always loved running, but over the last two months, my body has started to need it on an almost daily basis.

I'm going through a time in my life where telling you I'm not getting much sleep is an understatement. It's because of this reason that my patience is thin and my emotions are a little out of control. I can tell you, that without a doubt, running has given me the energy to get through this "rough" patch of life.

I know it seems twisted - that exerting my exhausted, drained and tired body could actually GIVE me the energy I need to get through the day - but it DOES! And I'm so grateful for it. Grateful that God has given me the health and strength that I need in order to pursue my training.

Life is crazy. Life is so, so busy. But no matter what, I've been making time for my runs. My husband has been a wonderful support and very flexible with my training schedule. I had my 8-mile run, which I did on Friday, and he dropped me off at a local lake to run and he took the girls to the park by the lake for a "photo shoot." I couldn't do it without him, that's for sure.

I have a 5k race scheduled for this Wednesday and a 10k race schedule for Saturday. I'm excited for both of them and look forward to getting a couple races under my belt before the BIG run in September.

So, tell me, how's your training or your running going? It's so motivating to hear from each and every one of you and I'm excited to be on this journey with you, whether you're running a marathon or not!

1 comment:

Yvette said...

Hi Amanda. Let us know how the races go. How did you feel with the 8 mile run you did on Friday?

I've been keeping up with the schedule, but keeping the distance to 3 miles. I find that if I run on my treadmill it's harder for me to stay motivated enough to run the entire time, but I pound through it. Outside works better for me, but doesn't always work since the kids are around.

When outside, what do you think is the easiest way to figure out your distance?

Keep it up, Amanda. Knowing that you and Kristi and Sarah are running, have kept me motivated.