But last night I restored my faith in myself and this half marathon decision by running 3.5 miles entirely! I felt so relieved, elated, accomplished, hopeful, happy, confident... I was almost overwhelmed.
When I completed that 3.5 miles, you would have thought I completed a marathon!! I felt so amazing and proud. And that made me realize something else about this marathon training.... one day I will start at a finish line and run 13.1 miles and complete that race and feel so great. But in the mean time, I am going to be winning many other (mental) races all along the way. Every time I am able to go a little farther than before it is going to make me feel like I have crossed a finish line! And every time I am going to feel those same emotions. What more could one ask for?!
But okay... on another note... Some new worries have manifested throughout the past couple of running weeks. This has been occurring almost every time I run lately, but last night it was extremely apparent because I ran so much farther instead of stopping when it began.
Last night, around the 2.25 mile, my right foot began to go numb. By the end of my 3.5 mile run, my whole right foot and leg all the way up to my knee was completely numb. It literally felt like I was lugging around a block at the end of my leg. I could not feel it at all. This has begun to worry me. I know many people talk about pain while training for a long run... and one must push through it in order to succeed. But what about numbness? I'm thinking of all the different things I should try....
- new shoes?
- looser clothing?
- More stretching?
- an MRI?
I have no clue.... Any suggestions?
In the mean time, I am going to continue running. This week I have a run scheduled with all of my sisters in running on Wednesday evening... I am so looking forward to it! Hopefully by Saturday I will be AT LEAST up to 4 miles! We shall see...
I will leave you with a couple of my favorite running quotes:
"It is not just about running, it's about all that comes with it: goal setting, empowerment, a belief in ones' self, being true to ones' self." - Julie Berg
"... The whole idea is not to beat the other runners. Eventually you learn that the real competition is against the voice inside you that wants to quit." -George Sheehan