Published on October 29th, 2013 | by karlyn1
No more “I don’t feel like it”
I’ve been in a bit of a funk for the last few months. I’ve been incredibly busy, not sleeping a lot, and generally under a lot of stress. I’ve been trying to really ramp back into running for a while now and things just haven’t been going as well as they have in the past, maybe because I’m getting older and things are hurting that didn’t a few years ago. And of course, my husband – who’s a year younger than me – makes it look so easily. And it’s so easy to come home after an after of 12 hours away each work day and say “I just don’t feel like running”.
Today was one of those days. I set my running plan for the next six months up over the weekend, and am slowly ramping up milage, forcing myself to be pretty disciplined about not increasing more than 10% or so each week because that’s how you get hurt. And today was scheduled to be an easy day – just a mile and a half. But I just did not feel like it, even if it just meant running on the treadmill placed squarely in front of the TV. Perhaps it was no coincidence that Victor was preparing for his training run when I got home, a run in which he planned to push the treadmill to the very limits of its functionality.
As I watched him, it occurred to me that I’ve set up a circumstance for myself where I can’t say “I don’t feel like it” anymore. And I’m so happy that I forced myself to get up off the couch and do my short run because that run gave me more confidence than any run I’ve done in months. Even though I’m still recovering from a cold, I was able to run faster than I have in a while (I know, I know….a slow pace for many but remember, I’m a proudly slow runner!), and my legs felt great. I was completely pain-free without choking down more ibuprofen that I probably should before the run. It felt wonderful.
I’ve told some this, but I really think this marathon is the shift kick in the ass that I’ve needed to push myself back into the shape I want to be in. There is no more room for excuses. I need to ramp from 5Ks (3.1 miles) to 26.2 miles in six months. I will never forgive myself if I don’t do everything I can to have an amazing run at the Boston Marathon. And hey, I’ve always performed better under pressure