Marathon Training: it's not all rainbows and butterflies.

Okay, so I love Colorado. Still one of my favorite places on earth. Part of that being most people have a similar demeanor as myself, pretty laid back, outdoorsy, and enjoys a slower pace of life. It’s part of the culture. It’s also absolutely breathtaking. I came back from Arkansas to see snow capped mountains and beautiful colors. The trails are fabulous and hilly and far. Plus it’s not nearly as hot (in fact it’s quite chilly at the moment) than Miami. haha

I wish I could explain it so vividly that you would be running out here yourself, but I’m not that great of a writer and I think you should just come experience it for yourself. Words can’t accurately describe it.

But although I’m in one of my favorite places on earth, it doesn’t make everything miraculously easier or perfect. I have to admit, I would take altitude training over Miami summers any day, but being out here without my husband is hard and training for a marathon is freaking hard, especially when you’re trying to be one of the top women in the USA.

Yes from the outside many of us see athletes pursuing dreams and making their mark in history. But let me tell you something. It’s not just hard work, it’s a fight. I used to think these elite athletes always nailed their workouts. They just had this talent above the normal and the work ethic to make it happen. Let me tell you something. Even in a 4 month training period there are TONS of ups and downs. It’s not only a physical battle to push your body to its limits, but also a mental one to trust the process and learn from the bad days and the good ones.

I can tell you, I have gotten faster. It would be really fun to run a 5k right now and see how fast I could do it. I have a feeling I’d be surprised. But start mixing that speed with my endurance and some days it just doesn’t happen. I attempted a Half Marathon this last weekend. I dropped out at mile 8.5. First time to EVER pull myself out of a race. I’ve always finished. But my body was beat and if I kept going I new I would be disappointed in my performance and possibly push my body a little to hard to recover properly. Now I still got in my 16 miles, but not like I planned.

I wasn’t mad I pulled out. Actually I was kind of proud of myself for realizing it wasn’t worth it. This race was not the goal-CIM is. But it’s still challenging. You want these races to be markers of your fitness. You want to see improvement and when you’re not where you’re supposed to be it’s scary. It’s really hard not to get discouraged and want to back out. Questions enter your mind and fear starts creeping in. It’s real friends. It’s hard. Not every week is where you want it to be. I’m telling you the good days don’t often overshadow the bads days unless you make an intentional effort to make them.

But it’s good. I like running because I feel like it’s a pretty good analogy to life. The days that suck are the ones you tend to learn the most from. It’s also a reminder that you don’t know it all. I feel like I’m constantly learning more. I feel that’s a pretty good comparison to life. Right? You have those good seasons and then rough ones. We can choose to let the rough ones define us or to take what we’ve learned and be overcomers. It’s a choice and a battle. It takes a lot of patience and perseverance.

Enjoy the process. It doesn’t happen overnight. Remember to learn from the hard days and the good. I’m excited for what’s to come. Friends, the business is growing and I’ve got some great additions coming up! It’s going to be fun! If you’re looking to challenge yourself reach out! I’m not just an athlete, I’m a coach too. It’s always funny to be on opposite sides.

Run Fast. Dream Big. Don’t Look Back.


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