The Road To Philly

Thank goodness for 3 day weekends. There wasn’t much on the agenda & it was exactly what I needed. I vote that there should be a mandatory 3 day weekend once a month 🙂

I’m still freaking out about Chicago. Bad. Granted I still have 5 more weeks but… I’m not feeling confident at all. However, I think I’ve figured out how to avoid continuously feeling bad about it over the next few weeks -> I’m just not even going to think about it/pretend I’m not even running it. What do I mean by that? Well, as of yesterday, my complete focus is on training for the Philly Marathon. I know that having this mentality will make things better for me. I decided to switch my goal race to Philly a few weeks ago but still have been constantly worrying about Chicago. I guess it’s normal since a marathon is no easy task but I’m sick of worrying.

I’m looking at the Chicago Marathon as just a little (26.2 mile) bump in the road. Wherever I’m at on race day, as far at fitness goes, is good enough for me. It’s just another long training run for my goal race. Whatever happens, happens. I know that I will finish no matter how miserable it is. Right now, I need to focus solely on Philly so I can stay on track and at least hit my goal for that race.

When I start to think about Chicago too much, it causes me to think negative thoughts/not feel good about myself. I don’t want to think/feel this way at all! Some of you may be thinking that I should drop out of the race but that’s not an option. Things have been going really well the last 2 weeks compared to Rut City a few weeks ago. I finally feel back on track with running, strength training, my diet & life in general. To keep things up, I’m going to try not worrying about Chicago anymore and just let it play out.

With that said, here are a few motivational quotes that are really hitting home from me right now:

confuciousdon't overthinksimply begineveryday im hustlinmimpossiblebelieve in yourself


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3 thoughts on “The Road To Philly”

  • Love how you sandwiched “everyday I’m hustlin'” in between all the deep quotes. It’s also a great song to listen to while running 😉 Good idea to think about another race and just take Chicago as it comes. Just enjoy it!

  • Well, if the blogs I read are any indication, you are not alone. A lot of the bloggers I follow are either struggling now or have struggled at some point this summer. It seems this is just a rough summer for everyone.

    I know it’s hard, but just try not to worry so much. Your training and the race day adrenaline will get you where you need to go. Like you said, you plan to finish no matter what. You have to remember that that in itself is an accomplishment. The silver lining is that you have another race to look forward to, and it’s good that you realize that and are able to look at the positive. Just enjoy the ride and savor the moment of getting to run one of the most scenic and famous marathons in the world next month!

  • You’re going to do just fine, I know it. Have I ever ran a marathon? No. Have I ever ran more than 7 miles at one time? No. So I’m no authority on this kind of thing at all, but I know anyone who has the gumption and tenacity to prepare for 26.2 will do just fine.

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