Hey, hey! It’s my first time linking up with the gals from Tuesdays on the Run, and I hope to make it a regular thing.
This week’s topic: Goals.
Goals sound all serious, like I have to make some and then accomplish them. There’s a reason why I’m the “Sputterer” Role Mother for Another Mother Runner. I and my motivation go in waves, but this year my goal is consistency.
It’s hard for me to be a self-motivator. That’s why I need BRFs.
Give me someone to run with, and I can do it, because I don’t want to let them down. So why is it so easy to let myself down? If I get bored, I’ll quit early. If it’s too hard, I quit early. My IT Band is acting up? I quit early. But put me next to someone, and I’ll keep going until you have to drag me home. It may be slow, but I’ll keep going.
Injury really messed with my confidence. I was on a good streak, constantly improving my times. I wanted to improve my times. Then I never recovered fully from an ITB injury, and got steroid shots to get me through races I had already registered for. This pattern was not good. I finally had to take a break, defer Walt Disney World Marathon in 2015 and start focusing on healing.
I went to the chiropractor, I used a foam roller ALL the time, I did PiYo, took spin classes to strengthen my glutes and core. I felt like I was on the road to recovery, and I was feeling stronger. Then came training time for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon. I had to run it since I deferred. Everything was going well until I had my 16 mile training run. Then bam! All the pain came back.
It sucked. I wanted to quit. I cried. The pain came at 14 miles, but I kept going until I literally could not walk anymore. I had my husband come pick me up.
Things pretty much went like that the rest of training. I was good with shorter runs, but after 11-ish miles, my ITB pain would come back. I tried different run/walk intervals, I tried slowing down, it was all the same. I was discouraged, but it was time to suck it up, buttercup.
Even though I wasn’t 100%, I ran the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon, and I finished. It was ugly, but I finished. I accomplished that goal, and it felt good. And my awesome friends got me cake!
So now for the rest of 2016, my goals are consistency – short runs to keep me on track. Strength train at least twice a week – I’ve been slacking on strength training, and I need to get back on track. Nutrition – cut back on sugar. More fruits and vegetables as snacks. This is going to get me to 100% in no time, so I can start training for a longer race again!
Goal setting is serious, and your goals should be challenging and attainable. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you. And I’m worth it, so I’m not quitting on me anymore.