I am a runner

Wow.  It’s been forever (i.e. a week) since my last post.  The truth is I’m trying to sort a few things out in my personal life.  I really wish I could blog about everything that’s going on in my head.  I know my favorite blogs are the ones that are personal.  The more honest someone’s blog is, the more I tend to read it. 

But I can’t just yet.  Instead, I’m writing about it in my journal.  And, guess what?  More journal time equals less blog time.  So my apologies for the delay.  And without further ado, something a little fitness related…

Last weekend I went on the shortest trip in the history of trips.  On Saturday I flew from San Francisco to Detroit for my cousin’s bridal shower.  On Sunday I flew back.  I probably spent just as much time sleeping and on an airplane as I did catching up with family.  (Don’t worry.  It was totally worth it!)

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Me and the bride

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My uncle Joe, the honorary male attendee

Three-generations

Three generations

In midst of all my time in flight I was able to get through the majority of two running magazines.  I read a few articles that got me thinking about training plans.  In one week I will run the Oakland Half Marathon.  Way back when (around the new year) I put together a training plan for this race.  Have I followed it?  Absolutely not.

To my credit, there have been a number of things that have interfered.  Travel, sickness, a knee injury and an unanticipated desire for more yoga.  So I didn’t follow my training plan.  But I didn’t throw it away either.  I didn’t even redo it.  Instead, I let it serve as a guide.  I tackled my training one week at a time, by asking myself questions like:

  • How do I feel this week?
  • What do I have going on?  When can I squeeze in a run?
  • Where am I at in my training?  What can I realistically expect out of my body?

And then finally…

  • How does that fit into what I want to accomplish?

Even though I don’t feel as prepared as I would like to, I still feel like I’ve done my best.  I might not reach my original goal of 1:55.  But at least I’m running pain free and at, more or less, the same level as I was pre-injury.

So as I sit here and reflect on the last three months I can’t help but ask myself, “What next?”  Should I put together a training plan for the next race?  What should it look like?

I don’t really know the answer yet.  But I can tell you one thing I’ve learned.  I’m having fun settling in and getting to know myself as a runner.  There, I’ve said it.  I am a runner.

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6 thoughts on “I am a runner

  1. At least you have a reason for not following your plan. I did not follow my plan for my January half marathon because I plain forgot all about it!! I still ran it though… And of course you are a runner. And I am really curious of seeing how your training schedule will turn out 🙂

    • I think the running is all that really matters. If you’re not following your training plan, but you’re still running, chances are it wasn’t the right training plan. At least that’s what I feel like I’m learning about myself.

      • You finally said what we’ve all known all along…obviously you are runner because you run. And I’m sure you are going to kick ass at the Oakland Half!

  2. You’re a little late getting that memo, darlin’. lol

    I feel you on the training plan. I’ve used it as a general guide, but I can’t follow one exactly. It feels too rigid and less enjoyable if I don’t let myself have a little flexibility with it.

  3. Actually, I kind of like your “training plan.” You have to be realistic and life does get in the way of the best-laid plans. I bet you’ll do great!

  4. I hope things get sorted out for you soon! I am quiet when things are messy on the homefront too.

    I went to a bridal shower last weekend too! But drove there and stayed longer 😉

    You are a runner! Sometimes plans are just there to loosely follow. Or not follow at all. Have fun at your half!

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