I have a lot to say, but I’ll try to keep it as brief as possible.
First off, I decided to bag the Tunnel Marathon and run CIM instead. I couldn’t get my act together and decided that enjoying the summer was more important than training. I had a fabulous summer, so I know I made the right decision.
I’m now in my fourth week of training for CIM. The first two weeks were great – I was super pumped and feeling fit. The third week, I dealt with some non-running issues, which made it pretty impossible to train (sorry for the vague-blogging, but I don’t feel like going into detail). Now in my fourth week of training, I’m trying to get back on track.
And I’m having a hard time. A really hard time. It’s like I want to run the marathon, but I don’t want to do any of the work that running a marathon requires. Unfortunately, marathons don’t work that way, so I need to get my shit together ASAP as possible (name that show!).
I know that the only way I’m going to get through training is by making some changes and building better habits/routines. Here are the biggies:
- Run in the morning. This is a huge change for me. I used to run in the morning at my old job, but that was when I didn’t get to work until 9am. And I worked at a tech company, so I could look like a hobo and it didn’t matter. Now I work in a more professional office and have to be in at 8am, which means waking up at 5am. Waking up that early sucks, but running in the evening is just not working for me anymore. In order to make this work, I’m committing to being IN bed (not getting ready for, but actually in bed ready to get my zzz’s on) at 9pm. I also bought a pre-workout energizer drink, so hopefully that helps.
- Make friends with the treadmill. Fall is here in Seattle, and it’s dark at 5am. I’m uncomfortable running in the dark at 5am by myself, which means I need to be OK with running on the treadmill. Is it ideal? Nope. But it’s my best option, so I need to accept it and not complain about it.
- Run less, Cross Train More. I need to make time in my life for activities other than running, specifically yoga. Life is busy, and yoga has fallen by the wayside this year. I started going again last week and quickly realized how much I’ve missed it. I’m making a commitment to go at least once or twice a week. I’m also going to sub out easy runs for spin class.
- Start blogging again. I’ve grown up a lot since I started this blog in 2011, and part of me has started to think that blogging is silly and self-absorbed (I mean, who really cares what workouts I did this week?). It may be silly, but I do like having a place to reflect and document my training, so I’m committing to blogging once a week this training cycle.
So stay tuned for more updates as I learn to love morning running! Hope you all have a great long weekend!