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I totally think she has the right idea of chronicling her virtual team in training, training, so I am copying her!

Week 2 of training for the San Diego 1/2 Marathon is done, done, done!

I am a “follow the rules” kind of girl, so when I was told to run on Tues, Thur, and Saturday, then that is exactly what I did.  I took full advantage of the “rest” days and well, I rested.  Of course, some of those rest days are optional, meaning you can lift wights or do additional cardio work, but I cheated rested instead.

Last Tuesday was a timed run, meaning I was given an exact amount of time to run and of course, that is what I did.  30 minutes, 2.6 miles, 11:24 pace.

Thursday was my tempo run.  Every week, this is my hardest, sweatiest run.  I ran “easy” for one mile although easy running doesn’t really exist for me right now, then one mile of alternating running hard for 2 minutes/running easy for 2 minutes until I complete a 2nd mile, THEN one more “easy” mile again, whoever said running was easy.  A total of three miles.   

Thursday night our family received some hard news.  I’m not sharing the details right now.

When it came time to run my long run of 4 miles on Saturday, I was only too ready to hit the trail.  My spirit was weary from the Thursday news, stress was high, and I just needed to pound it out, free my mind from my troubles, and let my heart be free.  That four miles accomplished that- I did not think of one single thing while I ran.  Truth be told, I did not want to stop running and have to enter back into the real world.

Anyhoo, week 2 is over now and I am thanking GOD every day for showing me the beauty of running.  I may not be the fastest, I may not run the furthest, I may not be very elegant-looking when I run.  However, I seriously think that having found this avenue for me to release stress, to push my body, to cleanse my soul has saved my sanity at times.

And I am a much happier person for it.

BTW- can I get some comment love here?!!!!  This is my 100th post on my personal blog here at Shrinking Jeans- woot, woot!!!!!!!!