I'm worried about the half marathon coming up this Sunday. Even though I know I can do it, fears still keep creeping in... you all know them, so I'm not going to repeat them, especially since I believe that if I list them they will all come to the forefront of my mind, rather than the GOOD, POSITIVE thoughts that I really want!!
I have not lost weight since I started training. That is discouraging. I wanted to cross the finish line Hot! I feel like I'm treading water. When I started training I thought that I would be able to run it. That shows how off my thinking was! Obviously, my mind thought my body could do a lot more than it can.
But, here are the GOOD THINGS I've learned through my training:
(1) When I started I was scared to go to the gym because the thought of walking even a mile sounded SO tiring. Now I can go in and walk 7, or even 10, miles! How do I know this? Because I've done it, and proven it to myself!
(2) The other day I found out that treadmills automatically shut down after an hour. I had never known this before. How cool is that??
(3) My son is a great cheerleader!
(4) I met some really great friends on my journey. Two of them are going to continue with me on my journey even AFTER the half marathon!
(5) I learned lots of good things about stretching, hydration and nutrition. Things that I always blew off before, thinking I was strong and didn't need it. Wrong!
(6) I learned how to dress for working out. No more cotton t-shirts and cotton sweats!
(7) It gave me a goal. My mom suggested I quit because of the fundraising aspect... I told her I have to do it, to prove to myself I can make a goal and stick to it, I cannot fail this time. Plus, it got me up on Saturday mornings to exercise, which, even though I told myself I could do, I never did!
(8) It changed my frame of mind about exercising.
(9) I met positive people! and, I've met people who do marathons all the time... and actually ENJOY it! :)
(10) It got me more involved in SparkPeople.
(11) It allows me to do something for my brother-in-law, who has Crohn's disease. I'm glad I get to honor him!
(12) I learned I have exertional asthma. So, I was not just huffing and puffing because I'm out of shape. Have to tell you, my inhaler is my new best friend! Now when I walk/run I can worry about other things -- but I don't have to worry about whether I can breathe! Yay!
(13) I have lost inches -- at least in my thighs :)
I read a blog on SP entitled "How to Run a Marathon". What I liked about it was it was so Real -- not a person who has always been athletic, who this was easy for. This is someone who struggled, but is accomplishing, her goals. I liked the practical advice she gave (what to wear, how to lay out your clothes, etc.), but also the emotional part -- how she felt during the race. Yes it was hard and she admitted that but kept on! The link is below. It's blogs like that on SP that keep me going!!