This perfectly sums up running for me. Sometimes I absolutely want to go for a run. I’m so pumped and my legs are itching to go. Sometimes I have to talk myself into it because I know how good I’ll feel when I’m finished. And since I’m training for a half, at this point, I need to force myself to go on days when I would rather sit and play on pinterest.
Originally I was planning on a Girls’ Marathon for this October, but life happens. I wouldn’t say it’s totally out for the future, but it’s out for this October. Instead I signed up to do the half marathon that I’ve already run 3 times before. About 10 of my friends are running it this year, which never happens!!!, so I couldn’t miss out on this opportunity to be with people I love. Usually I run these things alone, and it’s a mental struggle. This year I want to use the power of my friends to get me to my goal- under 2 hours. I have to shave off 4 minutes from my PR and 9 minutes off the last one I ran (with a bum knee). I’m pretty positive that I can do this.
But this is why I MUST get myself out and train. Hill repeats, runs after I’ve already worked out, runs late in the day when I’m tired, they all help to build up that mental toughness, which is the key part to running. Do I think it was a cop out to change my goal? No. Not at all. Pushing yourself to achieve an unachievable goal is dumb. You’ll fail and feel miserable. It’s all about the process, right? And realizing that you need to modify a goal is learning to recognize what you can and can’t do. Right now, completing this half in less than 2 hours would mean the world to me. I can cross it off my list and move onto the full marathon.
Whether your goal is to run a mile or 26.2, get out there and do it. Running is personal. The only person you need to compete with is yourself.
(image courtesy of pinterest.com)