It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling through my training for October’s 1/2 marathon in Des Moines. And while it might be somewhat physical, it’s felt mostly like a mental struggle. Crazy thing is, I know I can do it – I’ve done it before!
This was the case on Sunday. I set my alarm early, ate breakfast and coffee and allowed it to digest a bit. My goal was to get out the door between 7 and 7:15. As time went by, I found myself trying to find excuses to skip my run. But none of them were good enough, sometimes you just have to put your shoes on and go out the door.
So I set out on my run. I did everything I could to not pay attention to the distance I was gearing up to run but rather enjoy the view. I took a different turn and ran past the lake; I turned the music up on my phone and sang and danced as I ran. Sometimes you’ll surprise yourself, find your rhythm and run the greatest 8 miles of your life.
Not every run will be amazing, not every run will be easy, but as they say every run will be worth it and the first step is just getting out the door.