Butterflies in my stomach. Nervous energy. Excitement flowing through my veins. The fear of the unknown. The thrill of the experience ahead. The wonder of not knowing what’s to come. The utter possibility of anything happening. All of these are feelings that I get when I toe a start line. All of these feelings are something I'm craving to feel again. So, I guess you could say I’m back to training and I’m ready to hit the ground running. Ok, ok, I'm really bad at puns.
My next race will be the Squamish 23k in BC, Canada in August. This will be a whole new experience for me because, well... It's through the mountains of Canada! Although I’m super nervous about this, I’m also really, really excited. I’ve been a bit conflicted in terms of what I want to do or what races I want to run. I wanted something different to look forward to and I think this is it. I signed up for it on a whim months ago after talking about it with a running buddy. He'll be there, but doing an extremely more difficult race so we will hardly see each other other than before/after the race. I know It’s going to be a long, challenging road of training and I honestly don’t even know where to begin…but I’m ready to start figuring things out!!
The race is 12 weeks away, so its time to actually start following some sort of training plan. I know the hustle and grind of training, especially long distance training, is a pain but I do like following a good plan. I 'm still in search of a running coach, in case you're not up to speed- things didn't work out with the last one. I need someone to actually advise me, not just throw some words into training peaks then ask me 5 days latter how things are going, but I digress.
I will be honest: my biggest obstacle when training is myself. I put so much pressure on myself that race day comes and if I slip up on anything, even a little, the negative self-talk creeps in and takes over and I can't battle her. I have been practicing positiveity, confidence, and letting go of racing stress over the last few months and I have gotten so much better. It’s amazing how much power the mind has over the body.
During the past few weeks I have enjoyed the simple act of running if & when I please. No specific training, which if you know me well, then you know that usually makes me feel like a fish out of water. Somehow though, the last few weeks have been just what I needed. Not only has it been a physical refresh, but a mental reboot too! My soul is aching for racing again. I want to train smart & hard. These last few months have been fun with all the casual runs I've done, but it's time to bring that grit and determination back to life again.
Here’s to doing things you never thought you’d do, like running in the mountains of Canada!!
Ready.... Set.... Train!
Dream Big. Work Hard.