I have a love/ hate relationship with running. I want to love it, but in reality I hate it. With a capital H. I am so incredibly intrigued with people who are "runners" and I'm pretty sure my fascination is largely based in the simple fact that I just can't do it. Well, this was the way I used to think.
On Monday, after two weeks of preparation, I ran my first 10k with some other "skate moms" and you know what? It wasn't all that bad. My training consisted of one 3 mile run two weeks prior, and one 6 mile run the week before the race, largely due to the fact that I just couldn't bring myself run any more than that. I didn't break any records with my run, but I did finish under my goal, which was an hour. AND I didn't die. The latter clearly being more of my concern. I'm not going to lie, I didn't exactly enjoy the running part, but I did really like the community aspect, and certainly I felt accomplished at the end.
In my euphoric state, I somehow agreed to run a half marathon in February (yes, February in New England) and now I'm sitting here thinking about the training piece and wondering what the hell I was thinking. The idea of running 13 miles is so daunting to me, and that isn't even that far. People do marathons, and ultra marathons every day. Then there is me, at the end of 6 miles wondering if I am gong to be able to walk for the rest of the week. Now that it's Thursday, and I'm still on my feet, even having hit the gym since, so I guess like most strenuous workouts, the pain really does fade. Sort of.
My question for all you runners out there is how do you do it? Really. The physical part I think I can work up to, but it's the mental strength that is lost on me. I just can't help myself from being bored, and counting the minutes or miles until it's over. The race was the first time I actually enjoyed running, but that was totally due to the fact that we were able to pass the LM and his friends on our trek three different times. Talk about motivation! Obviously, while training I won't have his big smile to run to, so other than a killer playlist, I'm wondering how all you runners out there make it fun? Any and all advice is greatly appreciated!
So far, the best I've seen is this.
I guess the part of me that wants to stop is a little stronger than the part that wants to keep going. I really would love to change that!