About two months ago, I did a post about how I was “getting back into the swing of things” post-vacation. I was beginning marathon training and getting hit on by not-so-smart boys at the gym. The greatest thrills in any girl’s life, that’s for sure.
And then running got blah.
I was training for the marathon and my runs were going fine, but I was DREADING it. And I’m a crazy person that actually likes to run. I haven’t dreaded a run since the “middle school mile” in gym class circa 1998. I didn’t know what had changed so I didn’t know how to fix it. I was so not into running I wasn’t even reading my favorite fitness blogs because I couldn’t stand to hear about how much someone else loved running. And normally for me, a day without stalking Skinny Runner is a day I don’t want to be a part of.
Then I realized that I wasn’t dreading running, I was dreading training. I was stressing myself out about times and distances to the point where it was easier for me to just not run. Every time I thought about all of the weekends I’ll be away for weddings and not sure how I’d get my long run in, I got all verklempt. Then I thought “What is the point of this?” I am not a professional runner, I’m not in it to win it…I don’t HAVE to do anything.
So I’m not. Ain’t no shame in my game.
For the first time in two years, I’m not doing a marathon. And I AM SO EXCITED TO RUN! I even signed up for a new half-marathon in October (The Gettysburg Half, which will be an awesome/not field-trippy way of seeing history) and I have since created my new “Hey, I’m a little off my rocker!” goal for the upcoming year….I’m going to try and race one half marathon a month until September 2014. Who’s with me?!
Do you have a good half marathon for me to run in December?? Let me know!!