I am no great runner, by any means. I'm at an ordinary - or perhaps more like mediocre - level. But that's not important. I am just a girl that loves the fresh air on my face and the feel of my shoes on the pavement.
I began Fast Running Blog a year ago to ensure that each run carried a specific focus to attain my goal of qualifying for Boston. "Ready. Set. Go!" I wrote. And with that, I ran and I ran, day after day piling up miles and races, bit by bit.
During my long distance training runs I discovered that the only opponent I had was myself, the way that I used to be. Had I mproved over yesterday?
As I ran for the last time in the year 2016, I reflected on my blog posts. In all, I ran a total of 2016.89 miles, particpated in 23 races, survived every possible weather condition, and recovered from one injury.
I was a different person and runner than I was 365 days earlier. I was wiser, stronger, and faster and discovered that I could take on any challege that life threw my way. Oh, and by the way, I qualified for Boston!
Short-Term Running Goals:
As long as I have the sense of satisfaction at having done my very best - and, possibly, learned some significant discovery about myself in the process - then that in itself is an accomplishment, a positive feeling that can carry over to the next run or race.
Long-Term Running Goals:
My long-term goal is to be injury-free. I am really focusing on post run stretching and yoga throughout the week.
I am a single mother of two adult children and a grandmother of two grandchildren. I have a great relationshilp with my son and daughter. My son often joins me on my weekend runs. My daughter and I enjoy traveling together.
I proudly teach for the public school system. I teach first grade which is extremely rewarding. I also coach our school's Girls on the Run program. The girls say that I inspire them, but they truly inspire me. Growing up today is difficult. I am glad that there are programs that help our youth learn how to be strong, resillient, and confident.
2 mi - 9:44 / 4 mi - 9:11 / 6 mi - 9:07 / 8 mi - 9:08 / 10 mi - 8 :50 / 10:38 mi - 8:38
I was not in the mood to run this morning. My toes are bothering me inside my shoes. I wonder if my feet are just not used to being in shoes since I am on summer vacation. Too bad I head back to the classroom in 2 weeks!