Gabi at Lean Green Island Girl, Michelle at Ironwoman Strong and I are all training for Ironman Louisville. It is really exciting (and encouraging) to be sharing this journey with these two amazing women!
I love running, even in the cold
I say that we started running in April 2011 when we started the Couch-to-5K program, but that isn't entirely true. Both Mike and I ran cross country when we were younger. I even made it through one season in high school, but didn't continue because 3 miles was "too far".
Oh how far I have come.
When we re-started running in 2011, I immediately had dreams of finishing an Ironman. The first year that we ran we didn't even do any triathlons, but we did run quite a few races. We may have built up too quickly, we finished our first half marathon in October 2011, and I was injured for a little while after that race.
After the Fall Foliage Half Marathon
Luckily, I haven't had too many other injuries since then and I have grown to love running even more. I am that "annoying" Facebook friend who incessantly posts about running (and triathlons). But, I do it because if some of my Facebook friends hadn't posted about the C25K program, I may not be doing what I am doing now.
Since our first 5K in June 2011, we have run a lot of races ranging from the 5K distance to the marathon distance. We're even registered to run the Philly Marathon in November, only a few months after Ironman Louisville.
So close to the end at Musselman 70.3
Running after biking can be a little bit more difficult, especially if it is a long distance like in a Half Ironman or Ironman. Through the use of brick workouts I have been able to train my legs to get used to the "brick" feeling and I even run faster after getting off the bike than I do in solo runs (most of the time).
I can't not have a photo from the MDI Marathon in a post about running
I know that running three stand-alone marathons prior to our Ironman is not enough to get me through the race, but I do feel more confident in my abilities to push away the negative thoughts that will creep into my head. Running a marathon is a completely different battle than running a half marathon, add 114.4 miles prior to that and I will be running through unknown territory.
All of my great, good, bad, ugly and sit down in the woods on a tree stump and say "I quit triathlon" kind of runs have gotten me to where I am now. Running is like air, I need it to survive. It is who I am, through and through. And I wouldn't have it any other way.