Hi friends! Let’s talk about running. My mind is all over the place with how I feel about it. Some days running feels amazing, other days I dread it. Last year one of my resolutions was to run a half marathon. Three quarters of the way through the training I injured my foot and had to cancel the race, then I got pregnant. Running a half marathon in 2013 was a no go.
I already started planning the one I’d run in 2014 after I had the baby. Well that race is already coming up in May and I am not sure how I feel about it. There are days that I really want to meet my goal of running it in under 2 hours and there are days that I couldn’t care less.
I decided I should start by finding a 10 K to run just to get a feel for being back in race environment. It has been 3 years since I ran an organized race! So I signed up for a local St. Patty’s fun run. There were ~850 participants (more of who did the 5K) which I thought was a good turn out and a good chance to practice.
I wasn’t planning on “racing” it but just wanted to have a good solid run and at 6.2 miles that would be the longest distance I’d run post baby 2 1/2 months ago.
I set a goal to run it under an hour but didn’t intend on pushing myself any further than that. I just wanted to see what my natural time would be. Lining up for the race was pretty exciting. I got those pre-race jitters (for no reason really) and I loved the excitement of everyone around me….but then the race started. Literally when I got to first mile marker I started thinking “why am I doing this? Maybe I’ll just run the 5K portion and be done with it”. I mean, I was seriously lacking motivation!
Blame it on the damp, windy day, or the fact that I had a poor night sleep with baby E and my 2 year old who decided to wake up that night too. I just wasn’t feeling it. If I wasn’t feeling a 10K that started at 11am how am I going to run a half marathon that starts at 7:30am.
I’ve run 2 full marathons before (both San Diego rock n’ rolls), a couple half marathons (one in San Diego and one in Hawaii) and numerous 5 and 10Ks…..but now that my goal is approaching, I don’t want to do it! I mean I do want to, I just don’t. I know that makes no sense at all.
I know their are highs and lows with training and maybe it’s because I am so exhausted caring for 4 children 24/7 that I don’t have it in me. Mind you I am running 3-4 times a week so there isn’t an issue getting workouts under my belt it’s just the whole training thing- checking off those long runs and actually doing the race. I guess I am just doubting myself. Maybe it’s because I am just getting back in shape post baby and need more time to get in my grove. Perhaps I should just suck it up and keep training? Or is it the last thing I need right now?
Oh and my time was 55:45 on the 10K so I came I average 8:58 minute miles, certainly not great but I was happy just to make it under an hour.
The upcoming half marathons in my area are in May, June and September so I need to decide what to do!
Questions: Do you experience highs and lows of training? Should I do an early one to get it over with or a later one to get more training in? How do you stay motivated to train?