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March 1, 2009

Mileage for February.

It’s a start. After not posting mileage since the marathon and not running at all for two entire months (November and December garnered a combined 10 and half miles – woo) I am back in the game. I was definitely playing the lazy card over the winter but bigger than that I just didn’t have the desire to get out there and run. Like, 0% motivation. That’s not really me.  I mean that’s what I do, I am the disciplined chick. I am not fast, but I am committed.  So without any of that there motivation, I did what normal people do. I sat around. And a funny thing happened, I started not to feel like myself. I also put on a few pounds (who knew? You don’t exercise and your body turns to flab?! Why hasn’t anyone told me this before?).  Well come January, when 30 miles went up on the board, an even funnier thing happened. I started to feel like myself again. I am going to say, it was damn hard getting back into it — even feeling off wasn’t what got me out there.  It was mainly that I had signed up for this half marathon in March and I could no longer put off training…even with this start, I am pushing things and will most likely just be able to “finish” it.  But having the race looming and having exorbitant amounts of stress piled on me throughout the month of Feb meant getting out there for a run three times a week was more of a necessity than not.

So I am officially back in it.  Half marathon is in three weeks.  I did 9 miles this morning and will do 10 next week.  If I am not dead from Boca I will run 12 the week after that and then eke out the National Half Marathon in mid-March.   There are no marathons in my plans this year. The stress of the training finally got too overwhelming. But I do plan to do a lot more races in the middle distances — 10Ks, 15Ks, and half marathons. Distance enough to keep me out there running week after week, but not so much that I start to stress about it.  Feels good being back.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2009 9:28 pm

    There is something cathartic about running. I do a lot of my thinking while out there getting the miles in.

    National Half Marathon? I am running that as well and am really psyched!

  2. March 2, 2009 11:00 pm

    I agree…running is like free therapy. I can either use it to clear my head and just stop thinking for a while, or I can totally work through a problem and come up with viable solutions. I can’t stop — I’d go crazy!

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