|My step count for Sunday, July 1. Pretty easy to spot the time running.|
Apparently it takes me a little over 13,000 steps to run nine miles. The old saying goes every journey begins with the first step (OK - actual saying is "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" and even that's not entire true...but you get the idea). This is true. It's that part about having to take steps over and over again that gets hard. That's where the saying "one step at a time" comes in. This is also true. It's pretty hard to take two steps at a time. I've tried; you just end up tripping.
It's not lost on me that the camp I am raising funds for is called "One Step at a Time Camp." The same way I have to put one foot in front of another, slogging my way through a nine mile run, isn't much different than these kids that have to keep going despite the diagnosis of cancer - except that I can stop whenever I want to. I have lots of motivations to keep me going. I listen to music; I think of Colleen; I think of my son; I think of Mr. H. running along the same path as me just a bit faster and a bit farther; sometimes I don't think and I just put one foot in front of the other one, taking one step at a time. The kids, what keeps them going? I'm sure they all have their different things, but one thing for sure that helps is this camp. Knowing that for a week or two, they can be kids having fun at camp. And, if all else fails, that thought keeps me getting up at 5 a.m. to put in the miles and raise funds for Team One Step.
This week was a pretty good week. I've stopped trying to do my third run of the week on Thursday, and instead of just gone ahead and moved it to Friday. It seems running three days in a row doesn't work too well for me. I felt pretty good on my run on Sunday. I have no real goal for the marathon other than finishing. But, I was able to keep up a just over 10 min mile pace for my nine miles. So if I can keep up with that pace, then I will be more than happy with my finishing time.
Running stats for week ending July 1
Miles run this week: 19
Training miles to date: 130.01
Steps this week (not accurate as I didn't start counting until Friday): 52,708