Each step towards your goal matters.
And this couldn’t be any truer. The motivation to wake up before starting work so that I could squeeze in the yoga and focus on training in evening. The motivation to actually leave home and wear shoes and go out. The motivation to plan new routes every now and then so that I don’t get bored or loose focus.
And most importantly, the motivation to keep my food as clean as I could. This particular point took a lot more effort I must admit.
However, everytime I went for a longer run. Midway through, sweating and panting, wondering to myself, why?
And the answer always came – why not? My brain trying to logically debate with my brain. Well, that’s how it is, isn’t it?
Anything that’s almost killing you while you do something that’s totally out of your comfort zone, it’s all down too why at some point (more often than I like to admit).
And so here I was, 3 weeks later. In my week 4, where the coming sunday would be a long run for 21k! Just for safety, I had prepared a route 1km more than needed, so that I don’t not complete the 21.2km. But wait, this training plan is for 12 weeks, how come I’m practice running 21k on a sunday?
Then something hilarious happened – a realization. I took a good look at my training plan again.
It was a training plan for a marathon!
All this time, I’ve been calculating miles to km and preparing and when I look at the chart, it doesn’t seem too much.
And it took me weeks before I realized that it was marathon?
That was a funny and excruciating brain fart moment.
Nevertheless, this 4th sunday was supposed to be Ditzingen Lebenslauf (a charity run for a cause. Helping kids suffering from Cystic fibrosis. And since our company participates, we could run, walk, cycle and for each km there would be certain amount donated on your behalf.
And this motivation was perfect! I’ve been a part of it and this cause definitely pushes your motivation level to limits! It was an amazing timing.
And that weekend was my first 21k+ run!!!
It was alone. It was long. But it was one of the best feelings when I reached back home. I wasn’t dying of heat or tiredness. It was simply amazing. And from that day on, my faith in myself was reassured.
It is possible to achieve anything, if you set your mind on to it.
And yes, I did have thoughts on not feeling too good about it because in my head “it was not such a big deal“. People out there are doing a lot more.
But the point in my heart stayed strong – And I did feel genuinely happy and proud of this achievement.
From “I can’t run and wrong shoes” to “I completed a 21k with proper shoes and running technique and I’m not tired” was quite a challenge.
And more than anything, the persistence and constantly believing in yourself.
After this there was another 2 months, but instead of only training for running further, I started other sports and activities that kept my regime in place. And finally, the day came for actual half-marathon at end of June, and a good friend of mine, finished this together!
All I want to convey here is, when in self doubt, just calm down. Talk to yourself. Find your motive and just go for it! Because each day is a growth, and this was one amazing journey.
Have a great weekend! Keep smiling and stay strong! 🙂
P.S. Next prepare for full marathon (as suggested by my sport enthusiast dentist)? Or something else? Well, I don’t know, but I know one thing. I’m not scared of giving it a shot anymore 🙂
P.P.S. Here are some highlights from some of the runs. The beautiful nature, route and well, fresh air 🙂
Let me know what you think 🙂