There were days when I thought I was going to vomit, pass out and/or overheat and times where my hips felt like they were missing cartilage and my ankles could break and my IT band was rolling sending shocking pains down my leg, but I wasn't going to quit. Enter theme song: "Now that don't kill me can only make me stronger".
This is marathon training!
I started months in advanced as it was my first full, and I teach five indoor cycle classes a week on top of my full time job at Fox 29. My goal to run three days a week quickly became two and then one, so it was smart on my part to take my time working up to the big 2-6.
During the months of training, I learned one key concept: "Yes, you're your number one critic, but you can also be your number one fan".
You can die waiting for someone to give you a pat on the back or a high five. I encourage you to take matters into your own hands and cheer for yourself. I began taking the words of encouragement I tell my students in spin class and applying them to me. I'm responsible for my own destiny. What's it going to be, Rachel?
Now, I ask you. What's your destiny? What's your marathon? What's the one thing you've always wanted to do but no one has given you the words of encouragement to actually go through it?
Stop waiting. Get a mirror and start mapping out your road to success. In the end, it could turn into more than what you were hoping for.
For me, it was completing a full marathon under four hours and without injury. But on Sunday, December 4, I ran the Palm Beach Marathon in three hours and 33 minutes qualifying me for Boston, and I'm injury free!
I was holding back to conserve when I should have been picking up my pace. I was so close to the end but didn't realize. I finished four minutes slower than my last race – 1 hour 38 minutes – because I didn't have time left to meet my goal.More >>