Screw luck; get to work.

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Oh heyyy, happy St. Patrick’s Day! I wanted to do a post with some training updates for y’all. I can’t believe I’m already half way through my 18 week training plan for the Cleveland Marathon. 

Boy does time fly when you’re having fun... or in my case, when you’re stressed, emotionally drained, overworked, battling anxiety and still attempting to train for a marathon. If you’ve been following me lately, you know that I’ve had a rough month and have been just trying to find my way forward and work my ass off in every way I can.

And guess what? Something happened this week. I felt fricken strong AF. I had 4 easy miles to kick the week off, then 9 midweek miles, then a 4 mile speed interval workout that felt AH-MA-ZING. My long run this week was a half marathon and I wanted to try and run it at my goal marathon pace of under a 10’00” avg pace AND with a negative split. AND GUESS WHAT? I did! Finished at 2:10:41 (9’58” avg pace) which included some hill work and a pause at mile 6 to refill my water bottle.

Luck doesn’t really go far at all when it comes to this sport or in my life to be honest. Most people who run marathons aren’t natural born marathoners. Look at me. I dealt with childhood obesity, am a complete clutz who struggles to walk without tripping, and constantly felt weak and not good enough growing up. But I put in the work and the miles. I set my mind to a goal, and worked everyday towards that goal. Here I am now, with two marathons under my belt and two more planned for this year. I’m feeling so strong halfway through my training for Cleveland. 

Do not ever let someone tell you you’re not good enough or you’ll never do something. Because guess what?! If you start putting in the work and stop waiting for things to happen and start making them happen for your damn self, then you will achieve your goals. 

Let’s conquer this week with work, not luck. Let’s say screw you to the people that say you’re not good enough. Let’s embrace the people that support you whole heartedly. Let’s run. C’mon friends. We’ve got miles to go.

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Leah Backo