Tonight on the schedule I had an eleven mile run. ELEVEN MILES people! I was definitely dragging my feet for this one. I mean it was only 2 months ago when 3 miles was a HUGE distance for me, and earlier this week during my short runs I was really struggling with shin splints and foot pain. How was I going to go to 11??
Before I left the gym I taped my feet with KT Tape (review coming soon!), took my inhaler, grabbed my sports beans, and filled my water bottle. I headed to the gym and began my run. This run was one of the hardest things I have ever done mentally. Physically I felt pretty great. I had no shin splints or foot pain for the first time ever running and my muscles were challenged but not screaming in pain. It was such a nice treat not to have shin splints to worry about! However, the 11 miles we're still incredibly hard to finish. In the time I was on the treadmill 5 different people came and went on the treadmill next to me! I had to really battle with myself not to get off the treadmill with them. Then I got some crazy blisters, and they rubbed pretty raw by the end. My shoe was pretty bloody - gross! Asthma is always an issue running, and by the end my chest just felt sore. Like my lungs got a huge workout and lifted some serious weights.
But I finished and I'm so proud. I maintained the same pace the entire run. never slowing down and that felt great! I've been thinking a lot lately about the changes running has made in my life since my journey began just a few months ago. Not only am I physically so much stronger, I am mentally a stronger person too. Running made me believe in myself and gave me so much confidence. To know that I have pushed through obstacles and kept going has given me the self esteem makeover I didn't know I needed. I now can look at myself and see a strong person that won't give up just because things are hard instead of someone who can't do the things she wants. My asthma now makes me feel even stronger, because it means that I'm tougher for running with it, rather than making me feel weak and inadequate like it used to. I guess what they say really is true: running is cheaper than therapy! Running makes me a better person and I'm so thankful that I have discovered my love for it. What has running done for you?