Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years! LL Cool J summed up my September running goals and obstacles just nicely. Although sometimes I feel like it’s a comeback, I’ve been doing this running thing for years, and it’s only myself that stands in the way unless it’s an injury. For Tuesdays on the Run today, we’re talking about how running in September was and how it’s been this year.
September Running Goals and Obstacles
Since I registered for the Army Ten-Miler, I started training a bit in August. By a bit, I mean a little bit. Then my friends bailed on the race, so I decided not to run. Whomp whomp. I let myself get in my own head. I like running with friends, so when they said they were out, I decided to be out, too. This is one thing I need to work on about myself. I rely on the social aspect of running too much.
Then I decided to run Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend in Disneyland and sign up for the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge. 19.3 miles, sure no problem. Yeah, that was my sure, no problem, properly trained body from last year. It’s 2017, and this year’s body has been working more, traveling more, and running less.
My excuses from before were injury, time and motivation. Well I’m not injured anymore. While my nights are now ridiculously busy, I have all my children in school, so I can run during the day. That has helped me stay more consistent in September. Also, my husband usually works from home once a week, so I convince him to run with me, and then at least I have a running partner once a week. I found another friend who was running a Ragnar, so I said, “Let’s go run!” And we did.
I also busted out my Garmin again in September! That’s a big win! The past couple of months I had just been running without it, because I didn’t really want to know what my time or mileage was. I just needed to like running again.
I know that I am better running with someone than alone, so right now, I need to make that happen. And perhaps that friend needs a push, too. So for September, I’ve been running. It’s hard to get started, but once I get going, it feels good. I’m not 19.3 miles in shape yet, but if I keep with the consistency, I’m gonna knock those miles out!