Half Marathon Journey: Week 16

May 4, 2016

HalfMarathonWeek16 This is the week that I have been dreading. The week that has made me second guess committing to this half marathon. This is the week that I didn’t know how to make work and was worried was going to cause me to fail.

This is the week that I was completely blown away.

When I was contemplating about signing up for and training for this half marathon, the biggest question I couldn’t wrap my mind around was How am I going to be able to do this during wedding season? Up until this point, I haven’t had any weddings to shoot, I have enjoyed having my weekends to do my long runs and recover properly. I have been anticipating this double wedding weekend for weeks, and what I can tell you is that God made His way and everything went incredibly well. Unlike my type A personality, I had to rearrange my usual running schedule – switching our long run from Friday to Wednesday. At first, I wasn’t happy about it, but after we finished, I was relieved to have our 9 miles finished so that I could focus on my weddings. Thursday was a great rest day for my body and standing on my feet for 12+ hours the next two days was not anywhere as bad as I thought it was going to be. If anything, I felt stronger! Hallelujah!

Here’s what I’ve learned through all of this: if you want to make something happen, you can. Evaluate what’s holding you back, and ask yourself, what’s the worst thing that could happen? Sometimes when you recognize those things, it helps you understand that you can actually do more than you imagined you could – like run 9 miles on Wednesday, then shoot a wedding on Friday and Saturday. Moving forward, I’m not concerned about training and shooting weddings because we will make it work, and if we don’t, then we will evaluate what went wrong and try again next week.

Miles this week: 17 Miles
Total Miles: 224 Miles

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