It’s no secret that I cry when I see positive and inspiring running content/events…and it’s no secret that I am having a tough training season this time around. I usually tell myself that if I can get through a tough training run, it’ll all be worth it in the end. I know that I feel good at finish lines regardless and I know that there will be minor bumps in training, but sometimes it’s just HARD. For whatever reason (I’ve speculated that it could be different shoes, running form issues, a lazy January and February, or setbacks from my two falls in one week; I just don’t know what is bringing me down), this training season has been so hard on me and I Ran A Marathon With Only Ten Weeks Of Training made me feel better about everything I’ve been going through mentally.
Michelle’s experience training on basically no experience as a runner previous to this challenge was crazy to watch. Granted, she had a professional trainer and some extra motivation (it’s her job), but I found the experience encouraging to watch. I won’t be running a full marathon any time soon, but at this point in my training, I really needed the positive boost that I got from this video. She learned a lot in a short period of time and was really honest about her struggle, both mentally and physically. There are times when running can be difficult on your body physically, but it can also take a toll mentally (even when most people claim that running is a form of therapy for them). Seeing someone else crying over something as seemingly trivial as running made me feel ok with my running-related cries. I’m not alone!
I’ve recently found myself so brought down by disappointing times during my runs that I even said to Ernest, “I’m not sure I even like running anymore.” (YES. IT’S GOTTEN THAT BAD.) Thankfully, I had a really great (!) 10 mile treadmill (?!) run over the weekend and I’m not feeling so beat down anymore. Even so, I think this video came at a great time for me. So, go watch it! Watch someone learn how to run! Watch someone eat the most rewarding cookie ever! And don’t forget that running shouldn’t be torture, it’s fun and rewarding, and you’re not alone if you’re struggling.