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Embracing The Changes In Life

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Someone recently asked me about my running and how I currently feel about it. True, I'm not running 5 days per week as I have in the past. I'm not even running my usual 3. I think my new norm for awhile (maybe forever) might be 2 days a week.

How do I feel about it? I feel liberated. I feel like stepping outside of the model of runner to something bigger. Because I've said it before, and I will say it again, I am more than just a runner.
As I grow older with my family, I realize that life is constantly changing. I am constantly changing. And learning to embrace the change definitely makes for an easier transition. For probably the first time in my life, I am

Saturday, May 30, 2009

It's been awhile since I've written. I've been out of town for work and super busy it seems. Ever since my last race, running has been a struggle. I don't know if it is because I really pushed myself at the last race or what the issue is. I just know that every time I have tried to run I have struggled. In fact, both of my runs at the beginning of last week resulted in me walking part of the way. I was more than frustrated with myself.

But as of yesterday, Friday, I told myself that I was running and I do mean running the entire distance regardless of how I felt. I left my office and ran 9.4 miles before returning. It gave me the mental boost that I needed for next weekend. Next Saturday is my first 10K (6.2 miles) race. I'm very nervous. I've never ran a race that long before. And my boss, who is excellent at pacing, isn't running the race this time. So, I will be on my own to try to pace myself.

I'm really nervous about this, and I struggle with pace...and that I just want to go 'faster' than what I do. I set goals of a 10 minute mile when in reality I run a little over an 11 minute to 11:30 mile especially for this distance.

So I want to set a goal to 'push myself', but I don't want to set an unrealistic goal either to leave me feeling defeated. I guess we'll find out next weekend.

Comments

  1. I struggle with setting realistic goals too. I think it is always better to not be too aggressive. You don't want to injure yourself trying to meet your goal pace and it's always easier to realize a pace that isn't too far out of reach. Race day adrenaline is always good and always helps move you quicker than you thought you could. Good luck.

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