A wonderful thing has finally happened to me...I have become a true runner. I know what you're thinking..."Lynn, you've been running for years, we've seen you post about it and you're training for a marathon this summer". But you see, I have never really considered myself a runner. Sure, I ran. I ran to lose weight, or at least NOT gain weight while allowing me to eat a little extra now and then. But I kinda loathed it, having to bribe myself into running with some kind of reward, like being able to watch TV afterwards or maybe treating myself to half a glass of wine.
|Benicia State Park|
Somewhere along the way, by training with Team in Training, something amazing happened. I realized one day that I actually wanted to go for a run. Almost like my body craved it...very much unlike the feeling of needing to run (or work out) to justify what I ate that day. I have been very loyal to my marathon training. Our coaches provided us with a monthly training schedule and I have stuck with it for 11 weeks straight only missing 2 workouts due to a cold.
We ran regardless of the weather...
|Track night in the rain and cold.|
We ran together for support...
|Coleen and me at Cuttings Wharf in Napa|
We ran in costume....
|Who DOESN'T run in tu-tus and leis in the rain?|
I even got to run with a cape!
|I won the Spirit Award allowing me to run my 12 mile long run with a cape!|
And when I went camping last week I managed to find some trails that worked for an impromptu track workout and long run...
|A good spot for some lounges.|
|This trail is actually 550 miles long...I only needed 14 of those.|
I can't say it's been easy, but it has been rewarding. I truly never imagined that this shift would occur. I thought I would always envy those 'real' runners while I plodded around 'pretending' to be one. I know I am very hard on myself, something that may always be a work in process. But I am surrounded by an amazing support system of team mates, and my wonderful boyfriend, who always make me feel like a super-star when I run.
It's a great feeling and a true accomplishment for me. There have not been many things in my life that I could comfortably feel I was 'good' at...horseback riding was about it...until now. And it's not that I am a good runner...but I am a runner none-the-less.
|Ok, sometimes the best part of the long run is taking off the shoes...(me in pink).|