A month after the marathon

It’s been about a month since I posted on here.  In fact since the Cow Town…so what is going on now you may ask? Maybe maybe not…but you wanna hear it, hear it go.  Lol.  Anyway I went for my first post Marathon run 3 days after.  I ran 3 slow miles, I was pretty sore but it felt great.  I ran another 4 miles the following day and felt great.

On Monday March 4th I started my beach body challenge.  I began the 60 day bootcamp, Insanity.  It’s harder than a marathon…I mean my muscles woke up and I was really sore. I also began a burpee challenge, 1 burpee a day for 116 days…they add up too.  February 9th was day 1, (the day after I ran the HotChocolate 15K).  So between burpees and Insanity I’m really challenging myself.  I really miss running though, so I try to run at least 2 times a week.  I don’t run as far a when I was marathon training, between 4 and 5 miles, and I work on maintaining a 9:30-9:45 pace.  What I noticed though is when I’m not “watch gazing” or so hard pressed on my pace, I actually run faster.  I’m on Week 4 of Insanity.  Then it’s recovery week, and then I start month 2.  Once month 2 is done, then what?  Well I have my eyes out on running another race, a 15K in July, maybe a few half marathons.  What’s pretty cool is that I want to run another marathon, and the Dallas marathon is the next one on my list.  It’s in early December, so it’ll be cold but not too bad.

I learned alot about myself during the marathon training and the marathon itself.  I realized that I enjoy time with friends while I’m running but especially enjoyed my long solo runs.  On the midweek long runs of 8-10 miles I was just in my own little world and it didn’t matter what I wore, how my hair looked, if I wiped my boogers with my sleeve, if I had to walk…etc.  When running with others, you’re constantly wondering if you’re burdening them, slowing them down, or whining too much.  lol I had mornings where I was tired, cold, bored, sore…etc.

I also have had another epiphany, I’m more confident and have become more quiet.  What is up with that?   I don’t feel the need to impress others like I used to.  Before I used to rattle off on what I knew, my education, my job, my family, my fitness…just show offy stuff.  Lately I’m making a conscious effort to listen and learn and focus on the people around me.  It’s so liberating to not have to be “doing.”   Self acceptance is wonderful.

I’ve been tracking my workouts on beachbody.com/IdalieBeyer78.  My new goals are to add more muscle, lose inches, and maybe lose few lbs but I am at my ideal weight.   I’m looking forward to train for my next race and see how much stronger I am and if my speed has increased!  Anyway that’s my update.

 

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