I am back!! Between school, work and reading the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy, I have been busy. Thankfully, I have finished the trilogy because it pretty much consumed my weekend, no I can concentrate on the important things like actually writing a blog post.
I have been running a couple of times a week for the past month and I have to say I have fallen back in love, so much so that I signed up for the Brooklyn Half-Marathon.
2012 was an awful running year for me. I started the year with an injury and ended it with the same injury. I failed to meet my goals and I was just miserable. What did I learn???? My own competitiveness with myself led to my downfall. This year I plan to just run without pressure or stress, back to the basics of enjoying the run.
Here are my revelations:
- Slowness is not always a bad thing. Returning to running after having pneumonia was hard, but what was harder was realizing that I am not as speedy as I was last year. Is this bad….no, actually it is probably a good thing as my “speed” is probably what got me in trouble last year. I have been running sans Garmin and you know what???? The world has not stopped spinning because I am running 10-11 minute miles. When I run with a Garmin, I am constantly checking my pace and pushing myself to go faster, even when I shouldn’t being running fast. Sans Garmin, I just enjoy the run with no pressure.
- My goals need to be achievable. I posted about S.M.A.R.T. goals on Real Health, but when I made my goals last year I didn’t make them achievable or realistic, which led to my injuries. I made goals that made me push myself much harder than my body was capable of handling, this year I do not plan to repeat this mistake.
- I want to run for the rest of my life. My ultimate running goal is to be able to run for the rest of my life. For me this means I need to find a healthy balance between speed, distance and rest. As I teach my patients, I need to push myself but not to the point of injuring myself, I need to balance my running with adequate rest and cross training.
Last year I pushed myself to the breaking point and I spent most of the year sick and injured. I lost my passion for running and just ended up even hating it a little bit. I doubted I would ever be able to run again.
This year I am regaining my passion and love for running. I am running without pressure. For my upcoming half my goal is to finish in under 2 1/2 hours. NO PRESSURE. JUST RUNNING.
2013 is about going back to the basics.
2014 will be about the marathon.
2015 will be about speed.
Today I came home from work cranky and lethargic. My ear was killing me. I decided to run. Three miles later I felt great. This is what I love about running. This is what running will be for me in 2013.