Ups and Downs of Training

2 weeks into training for my first ultra and I hit 2 bad weeks because of some health issues. After a few doctors appointments and tests, we still aren’t quite sure what the deal is. I’ve got some more appointments and tests coming, but I am feeling better. I lay hands and pray healing over myself every morning.

Last week was a great training week. I’d feel stronger with each run.

Yesterday was a long day and I didn’t feel like going out for my run, but I gathered all my things and headed to the beach. 7 miles seemed daunting, especially when most of that would be hill repeats. Mental training is a big part of endurance sports. I put on my pack, popped in my earbuds, pressed play on a podcast, and started putting one foot in front of the other.

The first mile was okay. The second mile, which had the first hill, was tough. “This run is going to suck,” I thought. But, I kept moving. One foot in front of the other. Before I knew it, the hill repeats were over. It was time to stretch my legs with some sprints. I headed towards A1A so that I could run along the beach for my last mile.

Before finishing up, I walked over onto the beach to soak in the ocean sounds and the night time sky. I spent some time thinking about how I almost postponed my run, but was glad I didn’t because that run felt great. I could have kept on running. It’s amazing how that works.

Ana and I had an early start to our day, so instead of running at lunch, I went for an early run this morning. The time flew by and noticed my times are getting quicker. Since I’m using my HR to train, that’s a sign my heart is getting healthier.

What a difference a few weeks make. I’ve been able to train throughout my health issues, but am listening to my body and doing what I can to heal, including prayer. Running smart is clearly helping me and it’s only possible because of the guidance of my coach, Dawn Lisenby Run Natural Coach. What a difference a coach makes… and we just started. I cannot wait to see what I am able to accomplish with a great coach guiding me throughout the training. Game changer!

In 14 hours I ran 11 miles like it was nothing. No pain. No fatigue. Ready and excited for my day.

On my way to my first 50k.
I had my doubts, but as each week passes, I’m more and more convinced that I can do it.

I will do it.

Friends, what have you always wanted to do, but have doubts about? Take the first step – then the second. Keep going. I think you’ll surprise yourself.

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