I’ve been sitting here for about thirty minutes or so trying to figure out how to start this post. I always struggled with writer’s block in high school and college, so why stop now, right? So, now that I’ve conveniently written the intro by talking about having trouble coming up with the intro, let’s get this post going.
If you read my previous post, you know I mentioned a race I have in November of this year. This will be my fifth race, and it’s getting me a little nervous. So far, I’ve run two 5K’s and 2 half-marathons. This next one, however, is little bit farther than a half-marathon. Eighteen miles longer, to be exact. On November 18th, I’m going to be running the Dizzy Fifties 50K in Monte Sano State Park in Huntsville, AL. Fifty kilometers. That’s just over 30 miles, and I’ve got roughly 20 weeks to train for it. Why would I put myself through this? That’s a valid question. Let me explain myself.
One thing I’ve learned through running races is the importance of challenging yourself. When I was considering signing up for my first race, I figured I could sign up for a 5K and run it with relatively no trouble. Of course, I would have had to train for it, but I knew it wouldn’t be the challenge I needed to get my butt in gear. That’s why I decided to run a half-marathon. With the help of my father-in-law, who is an experienced distance runner, and my wife, who pushed and encouraged me throughout the entire process, I trained for three months and focused on the goal: to finish. When the big day came, all of that training paid off. I finished! And guess what? It sucked. The first six miles weren’t bad, but the second half was pretty rough. There were moments when I felt like Michael Scott running the Michael Scott’s Dunder Mifflin Scranton Meredith Palmer Memorial Celebrity Rabies Awareness Pro-Am Fun Run Race for the Cure Fun Run (The Office fans, you with me???). Fortunately, I pushed through and crossed the finish line, and it was an amazing feeling. If you’ve never run a race of some kind, even if it’s just a one mile fun run, do it! I highly suggest it.
So all of that to say: I’ve learned to challenge myself with these races, and this 50K will definitely be a challenge. I’ll be posting at the end of every week to show what I’ve done to train and whether or not I’m sticking to a healthy diet (my worst enemy). I may post some in between, and these might be on other things besides training updates. Like I said in my last post, with this being my first blog, I’m just winging it for right now. If you want honesty, there you go.
I’ll leave you with a challenge: What’s one goal you can challenge yourself to accomplish that will better your health physically, mentally, spiritually, etc, and what are some ways you can accomplish that goal? I’d love to hear it. Post it in the comments and get after it!