And So It Begins…Training Day

Happy Monday and Happy November! The beginning of my favorite season…Christmas season!! You better believe I’m already listening to Christmas music and anxiously waiting to decorate.  Oh I love the holidays.

Today starts day 1 of Phoenix Women’s Half Marathon training.  I know I said I’d probably never register for a half again but I got the itch and it needed to be scratched! Also, it’s a Oiselle Volée meet-up run so I couldn’t say no 🙂  I’m a little nervous about training because I am nowhere near in the shape I need to be in.  I’ve been running every now and then but haven’t been consistent and my speed or lack thereof shows! I have no idea what the next 12 weeks has in store for me but I know that I’m going to do my best and give it my all with no excuses.

I’m going to document the next 12 weeks so that not only am I held accountable but also so that I can look back and see my progress and/or what worked and what didn’t.  I REALLY wish I would’ve kept a journal or blog of some sort when I was training for the half marathon in 2014 because now I can’t remember what training plan I used and how the training went.  I did so well that year and would love to have some sort of documentation that I could look back on besides a few Instagram posts.  This time around I won’t make that mistake.
If you’ve followed me for awhile you know that in February I was supposed to run the Surf City Half Marathon and I didn’t (Confessions of a Runner).  I let distractions, self-doubt, excuses, wedding shenanigans, and everything else get in the way and ultimately gave up on my training.  Since then life has not slowed down and I’m quickly learning that it probably won’t which means I need to make time for training and have a solid plan set in place.  I need to remind myself that events, colds, and everyday events will happen and it’s ok if I miss a day or two but to not let that day turn into 5 days.  I need to remember that awesome feeling of crossing the finish line and continue to remind myself of why I signed up in the first place.
I signed up because I miss the feeling of accomplishing my goals.  I miss the feeling of being genuinely proud of myself and not giving up.  I miss feeling strong and healthy.  I know I shouldn’t have to run a race in order to feel these things, trust me I do, but I think this is what I need to get my groove back.  This is what I need to drop those pesky 15 pounds that have slowly crept up and are not coming off.  I need to run this half to remember why I fell in love with running in the first place.  And I want to make the hubby proud and show him what his wife is made of 🙂
My mantra during this training is “Stay Positive, Work Hard, and Make it Happen!” I saw this on Instagram the other day and it was perfect.
Follow along over the next 12 weeks and wish me luck! January 29th will be here before I know it!! I’ll be posting my workouts at the end of every week including some of my favorite meals that powered my training.
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