O.K., I’m going to be honest with you…..there are some days I just don’t FEEL like running. Work and life can get in the way, my legs feel sore, the weather is too hot/cold/windy…., or I may just feel plain worn down. Despite all of that, I still LOVE running and go out for a run most days. In fact, even when I’m not running, I spend a lot of my time reading about, talking about, blogging about, or just day dreaming about running. Does this make me driven or obsessed with my sport? I’ve met enough people who despise running to know my behavior is not quite normal….yet, there are a lot of other runners out there just like me! (Many of you here on WordPress! I ❤ all of you nuts!!) So what is it about running that makes makes it so addictive? What
obsesses ummm, drives me to run?
1. My goals! When I ran my first race (The Baltimore Half Marathon in 2009) my goal was to dedicate 3 months to following a training plan and to simply finish the race. Then I thought, I could do that twice, why not run a marathon? (FYI…In retrospect this logic was flawed, a marathon is NOT two half marathons!) Then after racing most distances, I wanted to start getting faster/stronger and was focused on achieving new PRs. Last year I met my goal of breaking a 4 hour marathon. Now my primary goal/obsession is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I love how running allows me to constantly set new goals, compete with myself, and push myself to get better.
2. Running is cheaper than therapy. This is one of my favorite quotes and it is soooo true for me! I have a lot going on in my life, between taking care of my daughter, work, and commuting…and I have the tendency to get a BIT high strung at times and my daily runs “take the edge off”. I don’t know how I would keep it all together without my running therapy!
3. Running makes me feel like a super hero! I love the feeling I get when I am running and competing in races. It’s a great break from my normal daily grind. The adrenaline from running a race and having complete strangers cheer me on is so cool! It’s like a Clark Kent to Superman transformation when this Mama/IT geek becomes Running Betty, “speeding” towards the finish line!
4. Running allows me to explore and to connect with nature. I’m an adventurous person by nature, and have always liked to explore new places. I discovered I can cover a lot more ground, which=more exploration, when running. Most of my runs are “out and backs” , with no planned route, so every run is like a new adventure! I love exploring new parks/trails and running is my favorite way to site see when visiting a new city. (I got to enjoy lots of beautiful mountain views running around the Denver, CO area the last 2 weeks) I also like running with no music so I can take in the nature around me with ALL of my senses.
5. I run because I can. The ability to use my legs and run is a blessing that I never want to take for granted. I want to have good memories to look back on if there is ever a point in my life that I can’t run anymore, and I want to be able to know I pushed myself and achieved everything I was capable of. But until that day comes….as long as I am able to run, I will!
Summary of Week 2 WG Marathon Training:
- Monday- Rest
- Tuesday- 6 miles easy
- Wednesday- 8 miles speed work (400 meter repeats on track)
- Thursday- Rest (Unplanned, unexpected 13 hour work day)
- Friday- 6 miles easy
- Saturday- Rest (Unplanned, traveling/home late)
- Sunday– 10 miles easy on C&O canal, +1 mile trail running near home -Exploring new trails! 🙂
- Total Weekly Miles: 31 miles (10 miles short of goal)
- Total 2014 Miles: 774.35
What about you? How was your training week? What drives you to run?