January Roundup

So I have had some interesting insights for the month of January.  I began the month recovering from a bout of bronchitis.  Which really sapped a lot of my energy and took away a lot of my training.  And it truly happened at the worse time for me, weeks before the 25th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon.  Which would be my third attempt at my first marathon.  Leading up to the marathon I debated whether or not I should even run the event.  But hey, I was feeling good and I figured I would go out and do the best that I could.   And after running the first eight miles, there was nothing left in the tank.  All told, it took me a glorious 7 hours, 26 minutes, and some change before I crossed the finish line.

This is my takeaway from the event.  It TRULY sucks training by myself.  Thinking about the fact that I only ran eight miles of the race, it was great being able to pace with other people.  Pacing with other probably got me to further into race running than I would have on my own.  This past weekend, as I ran a local 5K in Celebration, I was not sure how strong my legs would be.  I had been running twice a week after school and I was struggling just getting a mile completed.  Just past the two-mile marker, the burn in my lungs and legs began.  But I was pacing with another runner and we had fallen into a good rhythm together and I was determined that I was going to finish this race.  Had it not been for my partner for that last mile, I am pretty definite that I would have stopped and called it a day to walk to the finish line.  

The bad news is that it is hard for me to have a training group, at least until some time this summer.  But if you get the opportunity to do so, try joining a group run.  It could just give you the mental edge to push your training to the next level.

Power song of the week: Champion by Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris

 

Power song of the week: Champion by Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris

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