Less than a month to go until the VT City Marathon! My training is definitely paying off. This Sunday I ended up running by myself on the beautiful dirt roads near the Kingdom Trails in Burke, VT all the way up to Newark, VT. It was a crisp 22 degrees when I started my run and you could see for miles. The skyline showed off the brilliant features of the Northeast Kingdom, Burke Mountain, Willoughby Gap, and even the newly constructed wind farm. I found that I needed this solo 12 mile run to challenge myself mentally. Sometimes it is important to face challenges alone because when it comes down to it you are the one that chooses your path.
My body feels strong but it is definitely important to be able to find the inner strength and focus. Running alone, hearing only the sounds of my foot strikes, my breathing, the wind, and the birds was almost meditative. The workout my coach had planned for me called for 8 miles at a 9:25 min/mile pace with the last 4 miles at an 8:05 min/mile pace to challenge my muscles when they had already been working hard. I was enjoying my easy pace and focusing on my form. When my Garmin beeped letting me know I had four miles to go I switched gears, revved up my pace and found my marathon pace rhythm. I am starting to get excited about marathon day but do not want to get ahead of myself. I am continuing to focus on one run and workout at a time to learn, develop strength, and to find my speed.
Here is a little “Chick-Inspiration” from my run on Sunday and some of my latest races . . .
How do you find your inner strength?