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.