I’m starting to hear why do a marathon? Honestly, at first, my inspiration was a magazine cover. The November/December Runners World featured: Best Reasons to Run the Marathon.




Also, just look at her legs! Talk about inspiration to exercise!

As I walked through the Seattle airport, I passed it over thinking I wasn’t running enough to buy a magazine about running. Of course… I went back! I bought the issue. It turned out to be the small spark I needed to get started on a big goal. By the time we landed in Oakland, the articles had me missing long runs and finish lines.

I spent the next few days convincing myself I had time and energy to train for another marathon. Before I flew home, I’d signed up for the Vancouver Marathon May 5.

As of today, I’ve completed week 2 of 17. My mileage is still low. I finished 13 miles total and I’m feeling pretty good. One mistake I’ve made in the past is failing to stick to my plan. I go balls out in the beginning only to slack off later.

Yesterday, I ran with the Saturday morning running group. They’re super consistent and run every week. I try to show up a few times a month. Generally, they run 7-9 miles, my goal for the day was 3.5. The group atmosphere tempted me to go a bit further. Instead, I turned at exactly 1.75 miles. I felt wimpy and my pride was a little stifled. But…I’m in it to finish.

I’m looking forward to being really fit, to running long and eating. I’m sticking to my plan. Today is a full rest day. I’ve planned a walk/talk with coffee in hand. Next week my goal is 14.5 miles. I’m on track.




Remember….
Small changes eventually add up to HUGE RESULTS


Inspiration for you!

52 Reasons to Run a Marathon | by  DANE RAUSCHENBERG for Runner’s World

Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes

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