For as long as I can remember I have never been a fast runner. On average my training runs range in the 10:30s-12’s min/mile pace. Sometimes if I was having a good day I would get under a 10 minute mile, but rarely.

The focus of my training this time around is to not only become faster, but stronger. After Atlantic City I took several weeks off of running and working out entirely. Knowing that come January 1st – I wouldn’t be able to take a break, I took a chance and gave myself one.  Between Atlantic City and January 1st what happened was incredible. I shifted my entire focus to me, myself and I. I finally let myself be a little selfish and do what I needed to do for myself instead of constantly worrying about other people.  I came into the new year, truly a new me.

What I didn’t realize was how my mental state truly affected my training. After my marathon I decided to let go of EVERYTHING negative remaining in my life, making peace with the past, and manifesting how I wanted my life to be. It is truly amazing how much lighter I felt, how happy I was, and how positively my life started to change once I started doing that. This included my training. My runs started to get faster little by little and I realized that it was because I could breathe without hesitation. I could run without anything truly holding me back.

The race is now a little over 9 weeks away and I couldn’t be happier with my training. So far I’ve had more PR’s than I’ve ever gotten in my race career just in training.  To top it all off what excites me the most is the fact every time I run 3 miles I can now run it in under 30 minutes. In fact – I did what I never thought was possible, for me, and ran a 5K in 27 minutes. Or – how about the fact that I ran 12 miles in 2 hours! I didn’t want to stop! People at the gym think I’m crazy being on the treadmill for that long but when you’re not a cold weather runner you gotta do what you gotta do.

Needless to say my training has been anything but dreadful, even with having to do all of my runs on a treadmill. Yes – training for a marathon I can say is actually becoming fun for once. The coming weeks is what will be the toughest though but I’m ready to tackle it. Soon my 30 miles in a week will start as well as a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training. Yup- I decided to add one more thing to my list this spring so come June I will be a Yoga Teacher.

Also – after seeing many inspiring speakers in the last few months, Mel Robbins, Paul Cummings, Jack Daly… to name a few. For the first time in my life, I’m in love with myself. I’m genuinely happy. I’m focused and optimistic. I’m grounded and ready to take on life and make shit happen.

P.S. I’m about half way to my goal of raising $1,500 for the Lymphoma Research Foundation! Want to help me reach my goal? Click here to donate now. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

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