Onward, Ho

In September, I wrote about trying to fall back in love with running. It’s been a rocky relationship and we we took a break for a while.

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I’m signed up for the Avenue of the Giants half marathon in May, and after months and months of nothing, I needed to get back with the running program. Things went pretty well in October and I was going to OTF a couple of times a week and running pretty consistently. I was only whipping out a few miles on the best of days, but it was still something. Then November came and I truly don’t know WTF happened to my motivation. I didn’t want to do anything ever and I was in a deep pit of bad attitude.

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I am now forcing myself back into exercise since that race is now a mere five months away and I have a non-existent running base. I mostly love running once my body gets used to it again, but getting out that door is a STRUGGLE. It’s also my favorite time of year to run (chilly and dark early), so I am wasting precious days by being a bum. After not running for a while, I tend to get in the mindset that I can’t run anymore. It will be too hard. Too impossible. Too whelming.

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This week I officially started my training plan which is three days of running and three days of OTF (which also requires running 99% of the time). If I can get three days of any combination of running and OTF this month, then I will be thrilled. It is holiday party season which keeps me busy most nights of the week. It is also cookie season. It’s so hard to say no to free sweets and wine. SO HARD.

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When I put on my running gear Tuesday night Sari actually cheered for me then ruminated on how she couldn’t remember the last time I actually went for a run. NOT HELPFUL.

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Onward, ho!

9 thoughts on “Onward, Ho

  1. I am continually amazed at your ability to perfectly match GIFs to your posts… these TOTALLY made my day 🙂 🙂

  2. Good luck with getting back into the swing of things! I love running but it really does suck to get back into after time off. I’m hoping to sign up for a 10K in the spring. I’ve never done anything further than a 5K so this will be a challenge for me. There is a local running supply store near me and they offer frequent training groups for various races in the Baltimore area. I wonder if there’s anything similar near you? I found it really useful and motivating to run with a group of people who are all working towards a common goal rather than trying to force myself off the couch to go for a solo run.

    • Good luck to you! I actually hate running with a group, but I know a lot of people love it. My schedule is so unpredictable that I can never guarantee to make a specific training time (not even at 5 am!).

  3. I do fine with and for the most part enjoy daily 3-4 miles runs, maybe 5 miles on Saturday but I decided after last year’s Army 10 Miler, I am d-o-n-e with racing. It does not motivate me to run more, or better, it just makes me whelmed.

    But you go girl! I’ll rah rah for you all you need.

  4. Thank you for the walk down memory lane with the 10 Things gifs; I didn’t know I needed that.

    I’m in the same boat — why is it so easy to stop working out and so hard to start again? I have a 10 Mile race in March, and my first week of training is this week. Currently, 0 for 3 on the runs. Good job, Elizabeth.

    • That was me the past few weeks. I had the intention every day, but never followed through. Womp womp. It’s just so nice to NOT exercise.

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