Running free this morning (8 miles easy), I noticed that there were lots of birds chirping along my route. I would not have noticed them otherwises like if I were driving or being preoccupied with something else.
Another thing I noticed was my body is getting more used to running at certain pace, cadence, and distance prescribed by the training schedule. My strides seemed steadier, breath smoother. In essence, my body is being conditioned day after day.
And, the 20 week marathon training amounts to a process of conditioning. Albeit oversimplified, the principle is true. You are what you repeatedly do. The goal for me is by the end of the 20 weeks, my body will be ready to take on the challenge of running 26.2 miles at a pace that will re-qualify me for the Boston Marathon.
I am not there yet. More weeks and miles await before my body will be ready. But for now, I believe that I am definitely heading in the right direction.
Are you training for a race? How is that coming?