I wish I was writing to tell you that I’ve been keeping up with my half-marathon training, that I’ve been exercising consistently, that I’ve been eating healthy, that I’m still saying no to sweets and that I’m excited to run my October half-marathon in a few short weeks. But I’m not. Things have changed A LOT.
It’s amazing how much can happen in a month:
- I was on vacation. My Fave and I went on our annual Fall trip to Texas. We had a blast in my two favorite cities: Austin and San Antonio. Prior to my trip, I vowed to keep up with my training and eat healthy on this trip. I looked up nearby trails and local gyms. I even had a race scheduled. So, how long did that last? Um, maybe for the first couple of days… I ate LOTS and didn’t run at all. The race that I had scheduled for? Let’s just say that my alarm didn’t go off and I had Texas BBQ instead. I enjoyed my vacation and though I gained a few pounds, I have no regrets. None.
- I took a mini vacation from THE vacation. Most travelers know what I’m talking about. Sometimes after coming home from a long vacation, you need that extra time to recharge again. Days after getting home, we headed out for a weekend getaway to Lake Tahoe. I love Tahoe. We noshed on yummy tacos and sipped on margaritas. The best part of Tahoe is of course, the Lake. I could hang out there all day. For a minute, I thought about going for a run. Almost.
- My trail shoes have been getting more mileage than my running shoes. We recently got a pass to our county park system and we are taking full advantage of the trails that these parks offer. I’ve hiked on some gorgeous trails and plan on running more trail races in the future. Who knows? 2015 might be the year to do ALL trail races. Thanks to my Fave for surprising me with Trail Runner Magazine the other day and contributing to my new running obsession: trail running.
Half-marathon Training Update:
My last run was a month ago. It was a 7 miler. I have no idea how I have stopped running. The goal that I have set for myself has been put on the back burner and I feel like I let myself down. When I got back from vacay, I looked at my running calendar and thought that maybe I could make up for all the runs I missed and be ready for an October half-marathon. The more I thought about it and discussed this with my Fave, I knew how unrealistic it was going to be. If I half-assed this training, I’m going to get half-assed results. I just wouldn’t feel right crossing that finish line knowing that I didn’t properly prepare for it and give it my all. This is going to be my first half-marathon and I want it to be special. I know there is no such thing as a perfect race and that’s not what I’m hoping for. I just want to train properly, stay healthy and complete this half-marathon by the end of this year.
It’s not easy being in the midst of “marathon season” and seeing everyone running around you. My social feeds are filled with posts about upcoming races, running milestones, miles logged in, medals earned and I feel so out of place. While sitting in my car at the intersection, I see runners going for a run and I wonder when I’ll go for my next run. I walk the trail that I once ran at and I could hear the runner whiz past me and have “runner envy”. What was once so familiar has made me question my status as a “runner”. I miss running. I do. I just can’t seem to tie on those running shoes and get going again. I’ve hit a road bump and I’m trying to find a way through it.
So what’s the plan? Hit the “Reset” button…AGAIN. I also have Race #34 to run but haven’t decided which one yet. Running this half-marathon isn’t going to be easy but you know what seems even harder? Training! Don’t get me wrong, I know training is hard work and I’m going to put the time in. I just have to stay focused and remember: I AM A RUNNER AND I WILL RUN THIS HALF-MARATHON. It might not be on my birthday month which I had planned for but I’ve come to realize that its OK. Please don’t ask me when or which one because if I say something I’m afraid I might jinx it. I’ll wait until I officially register for it so stay tuned. Or maybe I will just tell you the day before. Ha! Just know that I will be training extra hard this time around and please send me some positive running vibes to get me through this!
Are you training for a fall race? Have you ever had to reschedule a goal race and change your training plan?
See you at the finish line!