I just began week 10 of marathon training…so maybe now’s a good time to mention the marathon?!
In May, I decided to bite the bullet and train for the Chicago Marathon. I knew that I wanted to do it again (I had to beat my time after all!) I just wasn’t sure about how soon I would attempt to take on 26.2 miles. I knew that there was no better time like the present. If I waited any longer, other things might get in the way of me training for another fall marathon, so thinking about life and plans and stuff, I knew it was either this year or it would probably have to wait a few more years.
So I’m doing it! And once again, I will be fundraising money for Salute, Inc-an organization that helps out military members, veterans and their families. Last year, some of the proceeds went to a woman who lived right here in Milwaukee! It’s an awesome organization and I’m proud to be part of it all.
Which brings me to my topic: Running with Purpose. I’ve never ran a full marathon without having a fundraising commitment. Last year, I missed the deadline for Chicago and my only way in was through a charity. This year, I did actually “win the lottery” but by the time I had decided to do it, it was too late. So enter charity again. I had a lot of fun last year raising money for Salute, Inc. My goal last year was $750 and I surpassed that amount tremendously. This year, my goal is $1500 and i’m half way there. This year, I’ve organized breakfasts and bake sales at work and it’s helped out a lot.
I’m not going to lie…the one thing missing this year during my training is motivation. Last year, I didn’t know what to expect and I was so excited to be working towards the goal of finishing a marathon. This year, I’m like eh. I just kind of want the race to be here already. Obviously, I know that in order to do better this time around I have to train smarter and I’ve been pretty good in getting my long runs completed over the weekend. It just seemed easier for some reason last year. The one thing getting me out there, pounding the pavement, is the amount of support I’ve had from my family and friends. My husband has been pretty amazing on Saturday mornings…he gets home from working weird hours, stays up with our bundle of energy while I go run for hours and hours. (My mom’s really good at helping out too!) There have been challenging training runs where I’ve doubted myself and my ability to stick this out, but the awesome training runs, the support from family and friends and knowing that I’m helping another person in need keeps me going.
What keeps you motivated when you’ve hit a rut during training for an event? Last year, I watched Spirit of the Marathon & that got me super pumped up to run!!