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Slump?

I’ve felt in a slump lately. For the month of November I logged a whopping 40 miles (some log that in a WEEK)… October? 67 miles. Slightly more respectable. I do have my excuses for November. We were in the final throes of Oliver! and lots of late nights, meant lots of doing nothing the next day. Then there was the week after Oliver! (the exclamation point is necessary, to get the full feeling of the play) was over, when I pretty much just sat on the couch (this was the week of Thanksgiving too). BUT, I did run a 5k Turkey Trot ON Thanksgiving day… which I should get some bonus points for (it also happened to be my fastest non-treadmill 5k run…. running on Thanksgiving AND a PR?? I rock). It was a virtual thing, so I was only able to print out a participation thing, but it was still fun.

All this to say, I’ve still been running, just lately I’ve felt a little blah while running. I’m sure it’s normal, and I’m sure it will pass, but it’s been there. I really hope that registering for the Half will start to bring me out of it.

In all of this a question is bothering me. Can I stay motivated to run without a race in the future? How will I stay motivated if I choose just to run for the fun of it, and because it’s good for me? I’m not sure that I want to be in the place where I need a race to motivate me…. I want to run for the joy of running. Hmmm… all these thoughts.

Well, the Mavs game is in it’s final throes, and they are leading and about to win their 10th straight game, so I’m going to sign off!

Keep on keeping on!!

Yeah, That’s What I Meant

So, I’ve been reading this book. It’s PACKED full of good info, and a great resource on all things running/walking. When I started this, I had this feeling that was hard for me to express. I told my mom, it was like a fear of “loosing myself”… but that didn’t quite fit. Today while reading I had a “Yeah! That’s what I meant” moment. It was in the chapter titled ‘Mental Training and Motivation’, here’s the quote:

“When you decide to run or walk a 5K, 10K, or half-marathon, you added the “runner” title to your self-image. This addition to your image can also lead to increased expectations. Expectations that exceed you abilities can take the enjoyment out of training.”

This is it. This is what I was feeling. To me the title of “runner” comes with a lot of expectations (most are internal, but some are external). For me, I was worried about meeting MY expectations of what being a “runner” meant. Some were reasonable, some were not. I had to sift through them all.

I can hardly believe it, but it’s been a month since this new chapter in my life began, and I have found that I have been through a re-defining process. Being a runner holds a different meaning for me now, one that I think is more balanced and realistic. I’m excited that this is becoming part of who I am, as a person. Building on what was already there… not destroying it. I want to intrinsically motivated, and I know that I can do this. I am so thankful for all the support I’m getting… from everyone! It’s means so much to me!

I’ll end with this quote:

“Everyone is an athlete. The only difference is that some of us are in training and some are not.” – George Sheehan