I am so excited to join this group! My name is Elizabeth, I am 27, and I live in Maryland (just outside of Washington DC) with my husband, 3-year-old daughter Emeline, and 1-year-old son Jarom. I am a pretty new runner- I was always one who thought running sounded totally awful... then I tried it! Almost a year ago I decided I just wanted to try running to build up some cardiovascular strength and shed a few leftover baby pounds- I decided that I would give it nine weeks, and at the end of a nine week program if I still hated it I would never run again. And here I am, totally addicted. Just can't get enough! I love the confidence it has given me, the time out by myself or with a good friend early in the mornings, the feeling that I can accomplish anything. I can truly say that running is changing my life! I'm excited to share stories and get tips from all you wonderful mommies here.
Favorite race distance: So far, 10K
Favorite song to run to: Beautiful Day by U2, Blessed by Martina McBride, Better Together by Jack Johnson
Favorite dessert: Angel Food Cake with fresh whipped cream and fresh chopped strawberries... YUM!
Current goal: Baltimore Half Marathon October 2008, Richmond Marathon November 2008
So, there is a little about me... but now that I have just told you how much I LOVE running, here is my dilemma: I am having such a hard time staying motivated lately. I feel like I am getting slower and my feet are strapped to cinder blocks! I assume it's because I am just getting tired from running so much (my long runs are up to 20 miles... holy moly that's a lot!) My question for all of you is:
How do you stay motivated and run strong when you are TIRED?
When training is getting a little old?
When you just don't know if you can run another step (especially when the neighbor's grass looks so nice and soft to just lie down and nap...)?
Am I alone here, or is anyone else just kind-of excited to run their fall races and get back to normal life (with nice little "short runs")?
I'm still loving the running, but these long ones are TOUGH!
Any tips and/or encouragement would be greatly appreciated!!