Last year I wrote this post, Running into Spring, just 2 days before running my third half marathon.  I was excited and nervous.  Hoping to shave seconds, if not minutes, off my previous years time.  I was also pretty sure it was going to be my last.  Training was a struggle for me last year.  I was a bit burnt out on running, but pushed myself to do it as I wasn’t sure what else I would do.  I’ve run for so much of my life I didn’t really now how not to run.

It turned out that I shaved 10 minutes off my 2009 time.  I was thrilled and relieved to have it over.  This past summer I dove into doing everything, except running for exercise.  I took classes at the gym and signed up for a one month boot camp that pushed me to do new things, finding (and feeling) muscles I never knew I had.  I didn’t miss running a bit and was having so much fun finding a newer, stronger version of myself both inside and out.

It seems though, that time and distance really do make the heart grow fonder.  As I am looking at another February, another half marathon training calendar I find myself ready.  Ready to run, to cross those days off the calendar as race day and spring get closer.  I have a few friends running it for the first time this year and I have to say their excitement is contagious.  This year I am looking forward to running in Lincoln, but with a new outlook and a stronger body.  For those things I am grateful.

Today is training day one…I’ll keep you posted.

Alison

4 Responses to Running into Spring…again

  1. Alyssa says:

    YAY! Good for you — you are such inspiration and motivation, Alison!

  2. Kelly says:

    I’ll be joining you next year, I hope!

  3. Amanda says:

    Happy training Alison! Those medals look yummy… can’t wait to get my first one! You inspire me in so many ways… keep it up!

  4. Jeff says:

    Right there with you, Ali. Here’s to warmer training weather, good health, no injuries, and grace to see the finish line from something other than a stretcher. :-)

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