The Perks of Committing to a Race
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
With only 25 days left until the wedding (insert obligatory eeek! here), I'm definitely feeling a bit nervous. That's why running and exercising is even more important these days - it calms me down and makes me feel great about myself.
Since the Indy Mini Marathon back in May, I've signed up to run the PU half marathon on Oct. 20 with my sister, who is a student there, and the Disney Princess Run on Feb. 24 with a few friends. Both races have their unique challenges for me to overcome.
Training for the Oct. 20 race has proven to be difficult simply because wedding planning and the honeymoon are right at the tail end of my training schedule. But, I secretly love the pressure. Plus, I need a reason to work out - I can't drag myself to the gym just b/c it's time to workout. Silly, I know, but when I'm working toward a tangible goal such as a race, my body is more willing to endure the sweat and early morning runs.
The Disney Princess Run is a challenge simply because I'm committing a decent amount of money and actually traveling out of state to compete! But, I figured this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as two of my close friends are signed up as well. My reward for finishing the race is a trip to Harry Potter land at Universal Studios the day after. Cannot wait!
I was surprised how much of a challenge it was to get back into a workout routine following my race in May. I put on a few pounds I had lost, but never let myself completely resort back to my unhealthy habits. Now committed to these two new races, I'm finding it easier to hit the gym and get in my long runs on the weekend.
Plus, I'm sure I'll be grateful for the training once I easily slip into my wedding gown on Sept. 22!