Fitocracy has a great article that says ‘Fitness is a skill‘. Motivation is a tough beast, but once you get into the habit of making fitness a priority, you can master it. The article compares fitness to riding a bicycle and it’s fairly true. At first you really suck at it, but after practice, patience and time you can ride a bicycle. Fitness is no different. With practice, patience and time anyone can become fit.
Today I completed the 111 day half marathon training that I used from the RunKeeper app. A few weeks ago, there was a 13 mile run that I decided to make my first half marathon run. I mean, I’ve already ran 99% or more of the way, just go an extra .1 of a mile. This was an easy choice.
Today, I dropped about 8 minutes off that time.
During my run, my mind wanted to quit, change routes and I told my mind to STFU. I ran my planned route and completed the planned distance.
I am determined. I will not derail my progress or dreams.
I’m now tapering down from the half marathon training as I am on day 108 of 111 (Thanks RunKeeper!). This Saturday is 13.1 miles! This will be only the second time I have gone that far running without stopping.
For The week ending July 6th
Total Miles: 27.5
Time Running: 4:26:12
Average Pace: 9:18 per mile
For The week ending July 13th
Total Miles: 20.6
Time Running: 3:16:03
Average Pace: 9:20 per mile
For The week ending July 20th
Total Miles: 11.6
Time Running: 1:43:09
Average Pace: 8:49 per mile
I finally ran a half marathon. I never imagined that I would be able to do this when I first started running. I thought, maybe at most, I would do a 15k, but a half marathon, that’s just crazy go nuts! Well, thanks to my RunKeeper Half Marathon training plan, I have built up my endurance to run a half marathon!
In truth, I was supposed to stop at 13 miles, with the full half marathon is to take place in two weeks. But I had already gone 13 miles, what’s another .1? Besides, now I have a PR to beat when I do finish the training plan.