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Limitless

One of my biggest worries while training for a half marathon wasn't the race itself.

It was what would happen after the race.

Without a plan and a goal, would I stay just as motivated? Would I keep running and keep pushing myself? How could I make sure running was part of my lifestyle and not just another passing interest?

I knew I would need to take it easy after the race, so I tried to start off slow after giving myself a couple days off. In the back of my mind, however, I was worried that if I didn't get back into a routine quickly I would lose all motivation.

I'm not gonna lie, it was brutal. I had several bad runs that really got to me. They messed with my head and really brought down my spirit and drive. Looking back, I realize I was pushing myself too hard and too fast.

But eventually things turned around and I started to feel normal again. It was incredibly relieving when I finally felt like I was back in the zone, back in my element.

I feel limitless again. The possibilities for running (and in life) are endless.

For the winter months, I've created a loose training plan that will hopefully keep me in decent shape and allow me to focus on speed and strength. During the course of my half marathon training, I sort of fell in love with my once-a-week long runs — they challenge me and also help de-stress at the end of the week. So I'm going to continue with those, and I've already had two wonderful 8-milers.

Kyle was gracious enough to let me invest in some winter running gear this weekend, including Cold Gear tights from Under Armour and some awesome Knuckle Lights for what are now pitch-black morning runs.

And ... I know I kept quiet about my weight loss progress during my training. I didn't want to focus too much on the scale — fitness and the race were my priorities instead.

However ... I ended up losing about 20 pounds from the start of my half marathon efforts. That brings my total weight loss to almost 95 pounds. I never EVER thought I would get this far, but that's a blog post for another day.

A healthy BMI is about 10 pounds away, so that's my goal. It would bring me to 105 pounds lost and possibly make me a Weight Watchers Lifetime member (I would have to start attending meetings ... we'll see if I can fit them in my schedule).

So even though I don't have a big race on the calendar anymore, I still have some big goals. I can't stop running now because I've got some dreams to catch!

P.S. The Limitless bracelet is from Endorphin Warrior. I won it from a giveaway on Healthy Strides, one of my favorite blogs. And the Run Now Boston bracelet was in my half marathon swag bag. 

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  1. I can't tell you enough how proud I am of you. I don't get off the couch and you are way busier than me. keep it up! hope to see you soon and maybe join you on a run :)
    - Michelle

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