As I approach week 7 of marathon training, the phrase “I think I can, I think I can” has been replaying over and over in my mind. This was especially true during the 14 mile run last weekend. For some reason, this run was a toughie for me. I’m not sure if it’s the lingering warm weather (although it looks as if cooler temps are approaching soon – can I get a woo hoo!!) or just overworked knees between balancing boot camp and running. Regardless of the reason, I was sore.
By the time I reached 8 miles, nothing seemed to help except a strong dose of perseverance. Rather than listening to the music through my headphones, I had to tune into my inner voice – the one reassuring me that I could finish and would be just fine. After all, I have run over 14 miles before… so, why the struggle?
I have come to the conclusion that because these miles are actually accumulating to an end goal of a full marathon, I have put more pressure on myself to succeed and improve week by week. But, the reality is, some weeks are going to be more difficult than others. And that is okay. I am determined to finish my first full marathon, and not within a certain time frame. I decided long ago that I would not pressure myself with any expectations, but rather run with my heart and enjoy what I have worked so hard to complete.
So, when I approach those last few miles in a couple months when my body is telling me “I don’t think I can…” I will choose to listen to my inner voice and fight for what I want to accomplish… for what I know I can accomplish. “I know I can, I know I can.” I like the sound of that.
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