I hope these final days in April are finding you well! I would like to take this time to quickly tell you what I have been up to: training for a 15k!
I only decided to sign up a couple of weeks ago, but it was enough time for me to get in some quick training in before the race (which is this Saturday).
To be honest, I am amazed at how much training I have been able to fit into my busy schedule! Although I wrote out a plan in the beginning, I thought of it more as a rough outline, things that I should be doing but probably wouldn’t have time for.
Surprisingly, what I found was that my body has been able to adjust to the vigorous workouts faster than expected, and I actually DO feel prepared for this weekend! I got a number of friends to sign up with me, and we are all very excited for the big day.
In general, I'd day that there are three things that have really kept me motivated while training:
1) Friends -- if you don't have a training buddy, running can be extremely hard. My friends who I run with hold me accountable for our morning workouts and I know that although it is not fun (at first) getting up at 6:20am to go running, at least I am not suffering alone.
2) Scenery -- Personally, I think one of the best things about living in Boulder – one of the things that actually drew me too the school – is the vast number of running trails the city has to offer! After running various routes throughout the city, I have concluded that my favorite place to run is along Boulder Creek. If you run west towards the mountains first, there is a slight uphill that is barely noticeable. Then, on the return, it is all downhill and you can definitely feel it! Also, the water along side you is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also provides some slightly cool air which has really been a plus now that it is getting hotter in Colorado!
Here is a link I use to see where other people have run, and judge my mileage and courses off of…. http://www.mapmyrun.com/us/boulder-co/ .
3) Competitive Spirit -- After high school ended, I was afraid that I was never going to have any form of athletic competition again if I didn’t play a sport in college. Luckily, what I found is that not to be the case – I have had plenty of competitive sports moments this year, and still some to come! From intramural inner tube water polo and broomball, to Kittredge Olympics basketball (Kitt is the area of dorms I live in), to running various 5ks (and now a 15k!), I have definitely gotten my competition fix :) Although I am obviously not planning on winning this race on Saturday, I am still personally motivated to do my best and lower my average mile times!
All in all, I am excited for the race this weekend, and can’t wait to tell you guys how it goes!
This is a map of Boulder Creek path.
How could you not want to run along here??!!