Hi, everyone! Time for this week’s (as per usual, slightly tardy) weekly workouts!
Tue., July 30: Taekwondo class
Wed., July 31: 3 miles and Thai kickboxing class
Thur., Aug. 1: Rest
Fri., Aug. 2: 4 miles and Taekwondo class
Sat., Aug. 3: Thai kickboxing class
Sun., Aug. 4: 5 miles
Mon., Aug. 5: 12 miles
Total weekly mileage: 24 miles
So I did a little bit of a Dumbo Double Dare test run this weekend, with 5 miles on Sunday and 12 miles on Monday. And I have to say, I am feeling TOTALLY ready to rock both of these races!
As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been a little bit under the weather, so I really, REALLY was not looking forward to taking on 12 miles this week. However, I put on my big girl panties and forced myself out the door, and I have to say, I felt great.
It was nice and cool when I started running around 6pm (well, as cool as it can be in August, I mean) and by the time I reached miles 6 and 7 I knew without a doubt that I was ready to take on another half marathon. The final miles flew by, and it was the first time since I started officially training for Dumbo that I really, truly knew that I was going to be able to take on this challenge.
I keep thinking back to when I was training for the Princess Half, and how convinced I was that no matter how many long runs I successfully completed, that I would never be truly “ready” to run a half marathon.
I had nightmares about the race for weeks before we left for Florida, and allowed myself to obsess over the possibility that I would end up on one of the dreaded “sweeper” buses. I was downright terrified that I’d never see that finish line. I literally could NOT sleep the night before the race.
I was convinced that no matter how much I trained, a half marathon would always be out of my reach. I was insane for even attempting to take on the challenge. I would NEVER be a “real” runner.
I know I’ve run a few half marathons since then, but since this will be my second runDisney experience, I can’t help but continue to reflect on how far I’ve come in just a matter of a few months.
In three weeks, I will run not only a half marathon, but a 10K in the same weekend. And this time, I have not a shadow of a doubt that I will finish both races. Will they be PRs? Absolutely not…there are going to be WAY too many photo opportunities and fun along the way for me to even consider my finish time. But I’ve worked really hard for this, and I’m beyond excited to prove just how silly it was to waste so much time doubting myself.
I think the most important lesson that I’ve taken from my Dumbo training — from my impulsive registration back in January to these final long runs in the heat of summer — is that I’m finally starting to be able to trust in myself and my training and know that I CAN do this. I have to admit, having confidence in myself is still really new for me…but I’m loving it!
How do you know when you’re READY for a big race? Has running helped boost your self-confidence?