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Getting back on track

November 18, 2010

I haven’t lost my love of running, but I have lost some steam. First I had the problem with it being so dark in the morning that I couldn’t get motivated. Now the clocks have changed back to standard time so that’s no longer an issue (or excuse). However, my life is trying to take over my life. I’ve been working a lot of hours and have not included me in the list of priorities. On top of that, I’ve been battling two injuries. I was getting frustrated because it’s becoming hard to run not easier.

So, I’ve taken a step back to regroup and have been very careful not to go out too fast or run too far. This time I training smart. I’ve gone back to the basics to rebuild my stamina and mileage. I’ve signed up for several races of various distances over the next couple of months. I really enjoy racing and it gives me a concrete goal. I have a solid training plan so I can look forward to 10-milers and maybe a half marathon.

I’ve never had any formal coaching aside from one running clinic that I did previously earlier in the year. So, I signed up for a ChiRunning workshop through Fleet Feet Gaithersburg. This way I can create/reinforce good running habits. I’ve also gotten additional safety and cold weather gear from FFG so I can stay safe and warm.

Most importantly, I reminded myself that I run because I enjoy running, which has really helped with the mental aspect. I really like my running group, however I kind of miss the alone time. Both have their positives and I think I can find balance and have the best of both worlds.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 19, 2010 1:01 pm

    Diana,

    Let me commend you on finding ways/strategies to remain committed to running. I believe you have experienced running to be, spiritually uplifting,and physically challenging yet physiologically rewarding. Running is neither easy or all that hard. As you continue to evolve as a runner, experiencing both good and bad runs, as long as you endure, I am confident that you will find yourself (positively) growing not only as a runner, but also as a being. I can tell you that from my over 30 years of experience, that I have had both good and bad (feeling)runs. On the not so great feeling days, taking a short run is likely better than no run at all. No matter how small the attempt may be, always celebrate the(individual)effort. Conversely, on those days when running feels almost effortless, carefully(go no farther than 10% the distance of your previous run in order to prevent injury) go for it, and enjoy the “runners high.” Contrary to previous practices, running a few days a week will generally maintain adequate runner fitness(I have experienced). On those days when running is not an option, either use as a rest or cross-train day (i.e. perform core strengthening exercises, go walking or swimming). Continue in your efforts to find balance between work, and life demands,and resolve to let neither force rob your of your most vital human resource, your good health! Running is living.I want you to keep on living, so for God sake,don’t stop running/exercising!

  2. November 18, 2010 9:57 pm

    Diana, your post was right on time. Very inspiring. Keep shining. Love your blog too!

  3. November 18, 2010 4:15 pm

    I just want my foot back so I can get out and go… but then I might just sleep in too! haha

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