Tuesdays on the Run: What I Like Most About Running

I’m late for the Tuesdays on the Run link up, hosted by the marvelous Patty, Erika and Marcia–but I liked the topic so much that I decided to go for it anyway.

This week they posed the question: what do you like most about running? And since that very thought had been on my mind, I had to answer.

Technically, a doctor told me not to run. Something, he said, was wrong with my foot and ankle. He couldn’t exactly tell me what, but he painted a fairly grim picture of injury if I pushed too hard. And so for a year and a half I haven’t run. I also haven’t gotten a second opinion, which is something I really need to do.

  
(Anyone else have the problem of scheduling things for themselves preemptively, and wait until things get so bad that you must go to the doctor immediately/take a personal day/sleep for a whole weekend? Me too. A post for another time.)

And yet I’ve been slowly trotting around the neighborhood and adding races back on the calendar. I’m super excited about my first one this weekend. My husband, I’ll admit, thinks I’m a little crazy to be so obviously going against what my doc said. But I plan to take this race reeeeaaaally slow, and gauge how I feel the days afterwards. But why exactly am I doing it?

Because I miss who I was when I was a runner.

  
I have never been athletic. I don’t play basketball or soccer. I don’t swim well. When I do yoga I get stuck. In barre class I drop out of a plank first and I can’t touch my toes. To be quite honest, I’m clumsy and a bit on the awkward side. But when I was runner I was accomplishing things. When I was runner I felt good in my skin.

I wasn’t an elite runner or logging a million miles a week in training for an intense race through the jungle. I’ve only run one half marathon (why did I feel the need to put only? What do I mean, only a half marathon? I need to learn to own that 13.1 miles!) Every time I crossed a finish line or marked off a day in a training plan I felt so proud of myself. Maybe it was because I was doing something I never thought I’d do. Maybe it was because I felt fit and healthy. Maybe it’s the runner’s high. Who knows? Whatever the reason, running makes me feel good. And that’s what I like most about it.

What do you like most about running? What pushes you to get those miles in when your body/family/weather protests?

Week 10 Intention: Open Doors

  
This year has been so full of unexpected changes, both good and bad. Some doors I really wanted to open have stayed staunchly shut, and other opportunities have been popping up out of the blue. So this week my intention is to go with it and embrace the open doors and accept the closed ones. And also to sing this a lot: 

I know he turned out to be the bad guy, but I love this song!

I hope all the doors you want open for you this week! 

March Madness

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In like a lion, out like a lamb…and I believe it.

Things are still crazy around here, but at least the crazy is settling into a manageable pattern. Which is a good, because March is already chock full: two 5Ks, an old friend’s bridal shower, starting to narrow down places for our move, a massive yard sale, and starting to plan an extended trip to LA is all on the list for this month.

At the forefront of that list, however, is getting back on a healthy track. When I’m stressed out and busy, like I was last month, I get sedentary and eat everything in sight. Here are my March fitness goals:

  • Keep the unhealthy food out of the house. Then, even if I do eat from stress, it will be good for me because that’s all that will be available.
  • Complete my races.
  • Pick a 10K training plan for my early July race.
  • Hit my FitBit step goal every day.

Pretty basic goals, I know, but I feel like I need to get the basics back down again.

March Days

What are your March fitness goals? Are you running any races?