Today was my first day back running in almost 2 weeks in hopes of allowing my leg to heal. Half Marathon training technically began last Saturday, but this was my first day. I’m happy to say.. Day 1 COMPLETE!! 4.1 miles felt fantastic. We ran through the Southside in Pittsburgh, which was a little harder than I anticipated due to running on sidewalks (which I’m not used to) & trying not to twist an ankle! The sidewalks were a mess, so I was just trying to watch my footing.
There are multiple pace groups anywhere from 8:00/mi to 12:00/mi. My training pace is around 12:00/mi so that’s the group I joined. I didn’t count, but there was a good 7-8 of us in this group. Yes, I am faster than 12:00/mi, but I would rather be comfortable & finish rather than wishing I was dead by the end of the run. 4.1 was completed very comfortably, but I ended up doing around a 12:30/mi average, which I was not happy with.. but with getting used to running on sidewalks, I was a little slower. That’s ok, I plan on keeping up next time.
I am so happy to be back running. After my run today, my endorphins were on over load.. I was so thrilled. I felt like I drank 3 cups of coffee.. jumping around, smiling from ear to ear.. just happy to be there. I am so thrilled to have changed my life & thank God for giving me the opportunity to continue to change my life every day. I wish I could give my confidence & happiness to people that are still unsure of themselves.
PLEASE know the life you want is POSSIBLE. It can be REACHED. Hard work & perseverance will get you there. It is REAL. Speed bumps will happen, & they will attempt to deter you from your goal.. but believe in yourself. (Whoa, my endorphins are flowing again! aka RUNNERS HIGH) … I can’t wait to hear that you changed your life, too.