I wore my new Mizuno Ronin 4 racing shoes. I was on the fence about wearing them for Philly but they actually did me pretty well today. I am reconsidering! Wearing these, along with leaning forward slightly and focusing on a more mid-foot stride are all things that will be new focuses for the race.
I was only going to run 7 miles but was having such a blast with myself that I went for 9.25. I probably shouldn't have pushed my legs but I just wanted to because it felt good. Oh how I have missed longer runs in the last few weeks. I know, it's only been 2 weeks since the marathon but I've not been running much and feel trapped but I know my legs needed rest.
Anyway, just running along I felt SO happy to be pushing it. I felt so thankful that I could run in the sunshine. I wondered how anyone could NOT like doing this? I mean, it's not like I love running every single second, every single time (don't get me wrong) but...the freedom and inspiration was awesome today and well, I hope I never have to give it up :)
Many thanks to Laura for this awesome post about just enjoying races. As some of you know, Laura has run over 50 marathons and often does them back to back. She's been an inspiration to me as I take on 3 marathons in one season. She wrote
I have to admit, I am not the best example of someone who always gives it everything I have. There are a lot of marathons where I take it easy and set other goals (like meeting people or enjoying the scenery). This weekend, in fact, I am running a race that I absolutely don't expect to PR or even give it my all...I've yet to not "hope I PR" at any marathon though I kind of think this should be my approach to Philly. I'm just going to do what feels good and see what happens. I hope I meet some new people and just enjoy getting to see a new city. Please God let the sun shine!
Anyway, after stressing out A LOT over these next two marathons, I think I finally feel at peace. It didn't hurt that I was able to make a little extra money this week and ease the pain of the price of all this. I'm doing it and I'm lucky I have a body that can. Am I "comfortable" with these back to back to back marathons? Not necessarily but I saw this and it made me feel better
I feel bad for people that are too scared to go out of their comfort zone. They are missing so much life. Do something that makes you feel ALIVE - it makes everything else in life make more sense.
QUESTION: How do you get out of your comfort zone?
Go for it, till you collapse: