Well, I'm happy to report that the weather lately has been sunshine and warmer temperatures!! The recent weather has definitely made my runs much more enjoyable. I even look forward to getting out there because the outdoors are just so beautiful when the sun is shining and the birds are chirping. For sure a great running motivator.
This past Sunday, I hit a personal milestone. I ran 16 miles! This is HUGE for me. Growing up, anyone who knows me knows I was NOT a runner. I had no desire to ever run and never understood why some people actually liked to run. I used to say, "Uhh, the only time you'll find me running is if I'm being chased!" Now, this outlook has changed completely! I truly enjoy running. Who ever imagined I'd say that?! But it really has grown on me. Since I started college back in 2003, I would run a little bit every once in a while, but not for any great distance or length of time. It wasn't until summer/fall of last year that I actually started running pretty religiously. And my love for it slowly grew. There's something about running that is just so peaceful to me: out on the road with just yourself and your thoughts. It's a great time to think. It gets you away from the busy hustle and bustle of daily life and let's you take a step back (ooor a run forward...) and just be in your thoughts and nothing else matters. It really is very 'zen' if you will... :)
Accomplishing 16 miles gave me the courage and confidence I needed to believe that I really can run the marathon. All my runs before that, I would come home still skeptical about whether or not I really would be able to physically run 26.2 miles. But coming home after my 16 mile run, I was PUMPED! And even EXCITED for the marathon. I know I can do it!
Uhh... sometime I pretend I'm Forrest Gump on my long runs?!
...and tell myself 'Run, Anna, Run!'