After sustaining an injury and then getting sick between an already jam packed holiday season, it seemed apparent that my body was going to be relentless and that I just needed to give in a little. As a result, the January 15th goal of the PF Changs half marathon fell by the wayside. I started to get really depressed about it and was feeling like I just didn't get the chance. I felt like there was always something that stood in the way of my goal.
And then I realized, my goal doesn't have to go away just because I can't make the PF Changs marathon. I also realized that when I made this decision to run the half marathon, it was on my own. I felt empowered by the idea and excited at the same time. Then I got a running partner, and I got even more excited! But suddenly I realized that I was relying on my running partner to get me to move forward, rather than propelling myself forward myself. What kind of shit is that?? If I can't run or hike with someone, I just don't go?
I started to get mad at myself and decided it is time to move forward. Fact of the matter is, the hardest part is getting the shoes on and getting out the door. When I finish running, I feel better. My neck feels more relaxed and my headaches are less. I start becoming more conscious of what am I eating and my daily caloric intake. So..I am signing up for a couple of runs and I am doing them, even if it means that I end up doing them alone. If I pay for them now, I have to do them later.
So here we go:
- Sunday, January 8th: Resolution Run at Papago Park, 5k: http://www.roadracerunner.com/re_54041/28thAnnualResolutionRun.html
- Saturday, February 11th: Ethan's Run in Mesa, AZ, 10k: http://ethansrunaz.com/
- Fall half marathon: Either the Lincoln Family Downtown run on Saturday, Oct 22nd: http://www.halfmarathons.net/usa_half_marathons_arizona_phoenix_ymca_half_marathon.html OR the Shun the Sun Half Marathon in Mesa, AZ on Saturday, November 12th: http://www.halfmarathons.net/usa_half_marathons_arizona_run_from_the_sun_half_marathon.html
It's game on, peeps.