The start of 2012 was a rough one. The beginning of the year brought forth unwelcomed changes. The death of a four year relationship, health issues that resulted in emergency room visits (I’m still amazed at the effects stress can have on the body). These changes, however, came coupled with opportunities. It took me some time but I realized I needed to turn things around for myself. Move forward because it’s the only way to go. So 2012 became “The year of Emily” and I have selfishly been focusing on improving myself in all facets of my being. I have since eliminated all my health issues, visited cities I’ve been meaning to see, took an epic trip to the Eastern hemisphere, trained hard and competed in two triathlons (something I hadn’t done in years), established new relationships and rekindled old ones. I’ve learned to enjoy life a little more and focused on doing only those things I find pleasure in, surrounding myself with people I love and eliminating uninvited negativity.
So next on my list of accomplishments is to rock my first full marathon. For the past three years I have signed up for the Miami ING. Injuries, excuses and lack of training partners and motivation to run long distances alone have all been justifications of my recurring decision to not run 26.2 miles, but instead settle for the half-marathon distance. Not this year. I’m determined. Running is not my favorite activity. In fact, the less I have to do it, the better. I would much rather hop on my bike and cover long distances along A1A than subject myself to torturous runs in the South Florida heat. Between cycling, teaching my spin classes, and my weekly dates in the weight room with Prieto (that’s my trainer. You’ll hear a lot about him), I don’t have tons of time to dedicate to this running thing. So I did some research and found what seems to be the perfect marathon training plan for me (a girl can hope, right?). The “Less-is-More Marathon Plan” only requires me to hit the pavement three times a week for a total of 16 weeks. Now I just need to stop procrastinating and get started. Stop thinking, start doing.
My affinity with running… the quintessential love/hate relationship. Prep yourself for imminent mood swings, lots of whining, occasional bitching, sporadic success stories and numerous adrenaline rushes. Looking forward to the runner’s high. Nobody is getting in my way this time.
“Go big or go home.”