For almost everyone, January 1 is the day their fitness goals start. Their resolution to the new year. I guess I’m not everyone. For me, I spent most of January relaxing – coming home right after work to relax, sleeping in on Saturday mornings, eating a normal diet, and gaining back those 5 pounds I lost training for the marathon. It was glorious, but it was all in the name of running.
I’m starting my half marathon training next week, so those days are over. I recently started my MBA at night so mid-February-May will be sneaking in runs whenever I have time (lunch, before class, weekends). It’s back to carrying my running shoes with me at all times, crazy hunger, and LOTS of Bio-Freeze.
As I was looking through my calendar and watching the weeks and days pass by, I figured I probably need to amp up my running schedule this week. The past month or two have consisted of 1-2 runs/week of no more than 4 miles, so I knew this week wouldn’t be easy (or fun).
I started out on Sunday with a short 2.5 mile loop that I have done thousands of times. I thought I was going to pass out. In the middle of this loop is a pretty big hill. It was intimidating. I ran about 3/4 of the way up and walked the rest. I did it again the next day and made it all the way up, but my body still didn’t like what I was doing to it. I could hear it yelling, “Go watch Real Housewives all day and then eat some ice cream!” I totally get why when people start running the give up early in the game – it’s hard! But this is exactly the moment where you have to keep moving forward.
When I went out last night, it was so cold. The wind was whipping me in the face and the cold air was hitting my throat like needles. I am still coughing from the air hitting my lungs. Yuck! I made it through the run though and so happy I made myself do it. Now I just need to keep the forward momentum going.
I you have probably heard this before, but it is true: Staying in shape is so much easier than getting into shape. I guess I’ll have a better plan in place after my next marathon…right? 🙂
We all have bad days and bad workouts, when running gets ugly, when split times seem slow, when you wonder why you started. It will pass. -Hal Higdon