Sunday, May 13, 2012

My first running book! And an update.

                                       It's HERE! My very first running book! 
This book makes me feel so hardcore! Heehee.
So, as you will discover through reading this little blog, I get very excited when I start something new. When something new enters my life all I want to do is read about it, watch videos on it, google it to kingdom come, spend hours thumbing through magazines, and never stop talking about it. I become very passionate about the things that come into my life. And right now that new thing is running. So after many hours researching books and authors, I decided to read Brain Training for Runners. Why? Well, I have to admit, the title got me hooked. Secondly, Matt Fitzgerald has some great reviews as a trusted and reputable author. I like that it has multiple training plans from a 5K to a marathon, something that will come in handy as I make my way toward my first marathon in about a year from now. Though I am new to all of this (running, blogging, etc.), I will post my thoughts about the book as I get into it and attempt my first "book review" once I am done. I am really excited to know more about this sport I am getting into and understanding what my body is [theoretically] capable of doing.

Taking advantage of my "I can do this" excitement, I wrote myself a little message to remind myself why I bought this book...

It was necessary to write this. For me to remember a moment when I REALLY believed that I could train and get ready for running, and ultimately for the beast that is the marathon. That somewhere inside of me there was a genuine moment of, YES!!! YOU. CAN. DO. THIS. A moment of optimism. Empowerment. Capability. I know it might seem cheesy, but this is a huge endeavor I am undertaking.  

The best thing is that my husband is so proud of me! Last week I ran with my husband for the very first time, EVER! He is a good runner, but what really sets him a part from other people is his incredible will-power. I wish I could have his determination and focus to get the job done and get it done well! So it was/is intimidating for me to run side-by-side with him. But last week I did it and it was great. And made him so happy. 4 miles under 40 minutes...WOW! 

In these last few weeks I have been working (slowly, I might add) toward the 5K I will be running in June. I've been averaging about 8 miles a week, just trying to take it slow and not push too many miles too soon. The best part is that my little family is super supportive and we are "training" together. When I head out to my new favorite place to run, my husband and stepdaughter (my little K)) join me and they jog/walk/play/dance/goof around and cheer me on while I run my laps. My little K seems to enjoy watching me run.Talk about motivation. If your kids don't motivate you, I don't know what will! I can't be a quitter. What will I be teaching her?

This week I plan on picking up the pace. 4 running days. 10-15 miles per week.

I am excited. And nervous. But more excited. Here's to a good week. 

~Vanessa Pin It


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