Saturday, June 8, 2013

For the Love of.... Running!

I've been doing a lot of thinking the past few days, after pushing myself to barely make it just over 5 miles last weekend. The Des Moines Marathon is just 19 weeks from tomorrow and there is no way I can stick with my goal of completing a full marathon at this point. There are many reasons for this..  I know from experience trying to train for and run a marathon at such a heavy weight takes a huge toll on me emotionally and physically.

I have also realized I lost my love of running somewhere along the way.  I used to say "I want to be running when I'm 100!" Lately that love I used to have is missing. I've actually realized that I've lost a lot of myself along the way - some of it was stolen from me and some of it I just let go. I'm working through a lot with my counselor and that's another thing - I need to take the time to work on my emotional and spiritual health as well and there aren't enough hours in the day to do it all.

I can only wish/dream to be running with THIS view! :-)
So, my new plan is to do the Half Marathon in October. I have a running schedule worked out and plan on doing some on the elliptical and some outside depending on how my hip and feet do. I plan on getting my long runs in outside. I also plan to, at least once a week, go out without my Garmin to keep track of pace, time, and distance and JUST RUN!
Recapturing my Love of the Run,