Sunday, July 17, 2016

193 Miles and Counting

I am officially training for a half marathon in Vermont in September. This is week 6 of training, which started yesterday. I am running between 20-50 miles a week out here in the back roads of Veryork. So far this body has ran nearly 200 miles in a little over five weeks. I'm proud of that, but even more proud of how much I am starting to enjoy running and grow as a runner. It make sense, I suppose. This whole farm dream has been a marathon, hasn't it? You keep going. You don't give up. You don't listen to the people making fun of you as they drive by in their pickups. You don't make excuses about rain, heat, or being tired. You keep going. The fact that I am training for this race (to simply complete it, not win it) at the same time I am trying to keep the farm going - the metaphor isn't lost on me. I feel stronger and leaner than I ever have. I may be short, and I may have the stride and build of a Hobbit - but there's something fierce in there. I'm proud of that reflection.

12 Comments:

Blogger Tricky Wolf said...

You go girl! never give up, never back down.

July 18, 2016 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

Long distance is so much more about your mental tenacity than physical shape. I've seen teeny tiny "runner types" be out done by much larger build runners who had a mind set on never giving in. You are a warrior and will kick that 1/2's ass. You already have. Race day is celebration of all the training you have completed!

July 18, 2016 at 7:22 AM  
Blogger Courtney Ware said...

You go girl!

July 18, 2016 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

I think your wonderful in all the youth you have inside and all the layers of wonderous energy. No matter what happens or even if your holding the door closed and the wolves are on the other side, remember your on the side where safety is. I love You farm , your smart. I found your blog dancing through the web looking for rural stories, I think what your doing is grand , just grand. I wish for you what you wish for. Keep on trucking from an old gal full of piss and vinegar and wisdom.Give everything you have into your race,there lies all complete circles and winning has nothing to do do with it. Good luck in your farm and race.

July 18, 2016 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Caitlin said...

Fellow fierce Hobbit training for a half marathon over here in NH! High five!

July 18, 2016 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

You go! That tenacity and grit are going to keep things coming up roses for you!

July 19, 2016 at 12:45 AM  
Blogger docdocwhosthere said...

Former editor of Runner's World magazine and current writer/teacher/homesteader weighing in here: you go and rock it! Keep training and finish. You've got the tenacity, skills, and grit to do it. Best of luck!~

Missing new videos on YouTube.

July 19, 2016 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Have you heard from the Beekman Boys? I understand the reader's choice portion of the grant is over

July 19, 2016 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Jacquie said...

Didn't you win the Mortgage Lifter? I hope it helped.

July 19, 2016 at 9:58 PM  
Blogger Pam DeLeon said...

You are such an inspiration! I have voted for you with Mortgage Lifter every day and I see this morning you are ranked #1. So very happy for you and the farm. Love the running as well.

July 20, 2016 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Sammy Q said...

I trained for a half as well in a similar manner... I have a run a couple in my time (my body is not really meant for long distances as I have found and so I don't run more than 6 miles at any given time)... There is no feeling like crossing that finish line and knowing you did it! My goal was simply just to not stop and I ended up finishing it around 2hours and 6 mins or so...

I also wanted to mention that you look absolutely gorgeous! Whatever you've done with your hair, it's working for you girrrrl. Keep shining :)

July 21, 2016 at 10:49 AM  
Blogger Nate Madd said...

You are amazing, running just as you live the rest of your life. Also, you look great, the change from a few years ago is incredible. Keep on going!

July 22, 2016 at 1:51 PM  

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