I don’t think I have ever been so motivated to lace up the ol’ sneaks as I was last night after work. Despite the fatigue that comes with sitting at a desk all day (it’s real I promise) and the high level of humidity I was pumped for a fast three miles with my roommate.
This run marked the first of many to come as I embark on the long road to the Disney Marathon in January. If you have been reading this blog for any length of time you may recall that I started this journey once before only to drop out after a 14 mile long run. It was a crushing blow but certainly the right move at the time.
There are many similiarities to where I was then versus now. I find myself once again starting over just as training begins. The demands that come with pressing the refresh button on life are going to throw curveballs my way. My weight is still not where I want it to be and as a result I am moving slower than ever (think 11 min/miles rather than 10s, except for last night, ha!.) There are a lot of unknowns that make me question my ability to really see the training cycle through this time.
But there are two sides to every story and in this instance there are several differences that lead me to believe that this really is my time to make it 26.2 miles. First, my guy and I will be training side by side. Rather than trying to fit in runs in between dates and fancy dinners we are going to fight through the highs and lows of training together. Another major benefit this go around is the fact that I will be working from home. Right off the bat I get nearly two hours of my day back (the time I spend commuting) to focus on running, stretching, and foam rolling. Come race day, I will be taking in the sights and sounds of Disney with my college buddy Bridget, so knowing that she will be running right alongside me makes this all the more special.
So here we go again. This time around I pray for a safe, injury-free training cycle to carry me through to race day!