Hello and happy Monday! I haven’t checked in on here in a while. A lot of things have been happening, I went on an amazing trip to Alberta (shared a bunch of photos on Instagram) and I’ve just been thinking/re-thinking a lot of things lately. I know that sounds so vague but I will probably bore you if I go into details. Most has to do with work (and maybe doing something other than teaching) and blogging (rebranding). See? Boring.
Anyway, one firm decision that I have made is that I will not be running a spring marathon. There are a lot of reasons for this but the main one is that my heart just isn’t into it. I am not excited about the thought of running that far in just a few months. A marathon is no joke and if you’re not all-in, there is no point in putting your body through that. You can’t really half-ass a marathon, you know? This decision has nothing to do with my time. I am well aware that I would not set a new PR in May and I don’t have an issue with that. What I do have an issue with is forcing myself to train in a way that I don’t really feel like doing right now. Do I still want to run most days of the week? Yes. Do I want to run for 2-3 hours every Sunday? I don’t think so. Sometimes I just want to run a nice little 5k and call it a day. I am okay and happy with that right now.
I am also feeling like I want to add a little variety to my workouts. I went spinning a couple of times this month at SPINCO and it felt really good to do something different. I’m craving a change and will likely spend some time checking out fitness classes or even lifting weights at my condo’s gym. This is all in addition to running because I’ll never be able to let running go completely! 😉 It’s going to be a long, slow build to Chicago but I have a great feeling about it!
March is going to be full of some pretty incredible changes for my personal life and that is something that I am 100% excited about. ALL IN. Important people and meaningful relationships trump training and running. It wasn’t always this way for me. Running often dictated a lot of my life but I am finally in a place where I can say ‘no’ to a race and ‘yes’ to spending time on something/someone else…and not feel like less of a runner for it.
You don’t always have to be racing in order to call yourself a runner. This is something I struggled with for a really long time. I felt like I always had to be working toward something and if I wasn’t getting PRs at every race, I’d be super disappointed in myself. Having goals is great but it’s not realistic to think that every race will be better than the last. Just like anything else in life, running ebbs and flows. Embrace the ups, accept the downs and always be grateful that your body allows you to do what you love.
Have an amazing day!