I added a new challenge this year to my running. I decided to sign up for something I have never done before...my first marathon. I'll be joining my running group at the Wenatchee Marathon in April.
I decided to sign up for the marathon for a couple of reasons. First, my running group looked hard to find a spring marathon that is run on a Saturday. When the group is willing to put that much work into find a race that all of you can do together, how could I say no? I love running with these ladies and am looking forward to training with them.
The next reason I signed up for a marathon is because I wanted to push myself a little bit harder. I wanted to prove to myself that I can slay the self-doubt demons that tend to play with my mind when I am running long distances. I figured that running a marathon would be a great way to build mental toughness and resiliency. And everyone in my running group has run a marathon before so they can help get me through.
I am trying hard to just stay in the week and not let my mind wander to what is yet to come. I am working on remembering how good each run felt and how I pushed through the tired, want-to-quit moments, and there have been a few of those already.
I'm also being more intentional with my eating. I am increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables in my diet because I really am horrible about even meeting the minimum suggested daily servings. I think my diet will probably most closely resemble a paleo diet when all is said and done, although I won't be giving up my corn tortillas since I use those for bread most of the time.
So the marathon and intentional eating are my new adventures for start of this year. I'm feeling confident that I can do them with a little help from friends and family. Friends for the running. Family for the eating -- this one may be the biggest challenge because my change in diet will impact them as well since they will eat what I eat and I haven't consulted them about the changes.