When I first started running I focused on speed rather than distance. Looking back I have always been a mediocre runner. In middle school I ran on the cross country team and remembered feeling really defeated after runs. I pushed hard and I really tried when I trained, however when it came to the day of the race I always found myself in the last quarter of finishers. I remember one 5k race I had done in Wisconsin where I finished dead last. The humidity was intense that day, but even the mothers pushing their babies in their carts during the run beat me.
I never quite felt like a runner because of my slow speed when running. I got to a point in high school where I was running a lot and had even worked myself up to running about 14 miles on my furthest run, however my mile times were sup-par sometimes hitting over 10 mins per mile. Always thinking, "You are a slow runner." has always been a limiting belief for me.
I happy to announce that on October 10th, 2012 I finally broke the wall on that belief by finally reaching a milestone in my training. A goal that was months in the working finally came to fruition when I completed a mile in 05:51. I still cant believe it! I feel like a runner!
To get to this point I have incorporated a lot of running and sprint training into my work out. I've had to fight that aggressive thought and sticking self concept that has held me back all these years. Now that I have my mile time down I'm ready to to crank up the distance and see how far I can really go!
I have signed up to run in the Carlsbad Half Marathon that is taking place on January 27th, 2013. I can't wait to take on this new challenge to help prepare me for the hardest challenge I will ever have to face in my life, walking across the United States!