So I did it. I have officially completed one full week of my marathon training plan.
This week I logged 43.3 miles. I ran every single day this week, including a ten mile run this morning. A run that kept with my goal pace of 8 minute miles. A run that I completed at a pace that would easily beat my first half marathon time.
I was very proud when I completed my run this morning. I was proud that I did it and that not once, not for a single second during my run did I consider stopping.
I have been a runner for many years. I have always run and trained and worked hard, but I have also always quit on myself. I have always done that. I have always let my mind beat me into stopping and walking. I have always quit on my body and on myself, but not today, and not ever again.
This week I learned a very valuable lesson about myself.
I am better. I am better then I used to be. I am a better runner. I am a better person. I am doing a better job at loving and believing in myself. Running makes me better.
This week I learned what it means to commit to something. I’ve never been in a serious relationship, I am a serial dieter and diet-breaker with the best of them, so I guess you could say, the only thing I’ve ever really been committed to was fitness.
I have always run. I have always played sports, I have always been an athlete. But this week, I put my runs, and more importantly, my goals, above everyone else’s. This week I made, at least part of my life, completely about me. I ran for me. Every day I ran for myself and my goals and that was what was most rewarding about this week.
Yes, I am sore. My knees don’t want to ever talk to me again, and my left foot enjoys reminding me of its unhappiness every time I walk in unsupportive shoes, but, I am happy. Exhausted, yes, but happy nonetheless.
I am better because of the 43.3 miles I traveled this week. I am better because of the hours I spent on the streets hustling my booty off. I am better because I did it for me, and that is a magical and beautiful thing that I will take into my next marathon training week.