Waking up this morning, I peered out the window and saw the sun shining. Perfect! Today was the second meeting of our running class, and after running last Wednesday in the rain, I welcomed the nice weather. Sure thing about New England, our weather is always changing.
I left my house and got in a few quick miles before I joined my class. There is nothing like an early morning run in a picturesque New England town. My students and I headed up Main Street towards the church. It was a glorious morning indeed. We focused on running for a minute and then walking for a minute. I am a woman of habits, and I love repetition and following a plan to get to a desired result. I adore the formulas of baking and shy away from the creativity of cooking. I am just like that.
Students, here is your homework- 30 minutes of run/walk. Run by feel
And now on to me………………….
I decided that postmarathon, I would work on some new goals. At one point in my life, I wanted to be a runner. For years, I did nothing about it. And then, I started working out, and becoming a runner became an achievable goal.
Now, I have major triathlete envy. Big time- I love reading triathlon blogs, and I love looking at the sculpted arms of these athletes. Running does not give me any sort of upper body strength, and I am jealous. Furthermore, it is time for a new goal. I adore running, and it will always be my best friend. However, I am well acquainted with it and I need to challenge myself a bit more. I need something else so that I can appreciate running more as well.
I am not going to morph into a triathlete overnight. I know I can run, but I need some serious work on the other two disciplines. Biking is definitely not my strength either, but swimming and I live on different planets. Swimming is all about technique, and that is all I know about swimming. I have no concept of what I need to do to get better.
Enter Mary. Mary has agreed to be my swim instructor. We met for the first time on Friday, and I had so much fun. I learned a great deal about swimming, and more important, I am athletically reinvigorated. I am doing something proactive about my triathlon envy. Now, my goal for the summer is to gain confidence in my swimming. Every time I have attempted the triathlon, I have been content to just get at the back of the back so that I do not get trampled on. My hope is that I can get in the water at the next one and swim with confidence. I just need to win the mind game that I play with myself.
Having a coach is going to help me tremendously. She gave me some things to work on, and I know I will work harder knowing that I am accountable to someone. I am happy with myself as well. Instead of just saying that I want to be a triathlete and doing nothing about it, I am taking steps toward this goal. It is a long term plan, but I am starting the small steps.
I leave you with some pictures from the marathon.
My Framingham Cheering Section- thanks to Olivia for the sign!
Right before the Newton Hills- pure joy- what a great day!