Sometimes you have to start over in order to get where you want to go. You can’t always just pick up the pieces and move forward without starting off with the basics. That’s how I’m feeling about running right now.
2016 has been a year of ups and downs in the running department. Disappointing races (goal race), injury after injury and missed races. Though 2015 was by far worse (hamstring injury), I feel like I’m starting over once again with running. Maybe 2017 will be my year 😉
There is a race (Hypothermic Half) mid January that I’d like to do but it’s going to be a last minute, expensive race decision. I’m okay with that, especially if I put money away here and there. The conditions can be horrible (snowy/ice to rain), it’s just that time of year. To run a half marathon you’ve got to be at least ready for the distance, right? I don’t want to set myself up for failure but not getting in the training so I’m kinda using this race as a goal to work towards. To keep me running now.
Not a PB goal but just something to help me focus on running in November, December and January. Again, I might not even run it but I’d rather train for it and be ready to run it. I mentioned last week that sometimes I need goals to keep me moving forward – this is a mini-goal for now.
Yesterday, I went for a mid afternoon long run. It was the slowest long run I’ve done in a long time but I didn’t care about that. It was hilly, on a paved road, then dirt road, followed by a trail and back to the road again. It was windy, warm in spots and cool in others. It wasn’t pretty but I ran 11k, the longest distance I’ve run since August. I’m going to take the distances as my win!
I feel like I’m starting over with running as it’s been a little on the back burner and I’m okay with that. My ankle is feeling good, especially on my long run but it’s still not 100%. I’m working on it.
Sometimes you just have to start over. And start over again. AND start over AGAIN!
Have you had to start over?
What’s your motivation/goal to stay active over the next 2-5 months (winter)?