Monday, April 04, 2011
Saturday was the Monument Avenue 10k in Richmond. I ran it last year; it was the first (and only) 10k I ever ran. It is such a fun race!! I ran with my husband and brother-in-
Ironically, we were all in Richmond this past weekend for another reason (celebrating my father-in-law's retirement) but did not run the race. It was kind of bittersweet for the three of us to be there and not run. My MIL asked if we wanted to go watch the runners. None of us did.
My BIL tore his ACL last year shortly after the race, and although he has since recovered and has been running a bit here and there, he says he is not ready for a 10k. My husband also has not been running much lately. As for me - I get on the treadmill every once in a while and can usually make it about 10 minutes at a time before wanting to stop. Last week I read Coach Nicole's post on the DailySpark about her first half marathon. ( www.dailyspark.com/blog.
Right now I feel the same way about running as she did when she started out. It's hard, and it's boring. Interestingly, the fact that it's hard is what makes me want to do it. Running is truly what helps me take those pounds off. It taxes my body like no other exercise I do. I can FEEL that I got a good workout when I run. As for the boring...well, I don't know. I am such a social exerciser. I enjoyed the 10k race because there were so many people there running by my side. I don't have to actually talk to anyone when I am running (in fact I prefer not to since it's not easy to breathe anyway) but the fact that others are running allows me to people watch to take my mind off the fact that I can barely breathe and it helps me pace myself.
It seemed like Saturday was a big day for races. Not only was there the race in Richmond, but I kept seeing posts on Facebook of people running 10Ks in various cities. It made me get that itch to run again. I want to do another 10k, and I do not want another year to go by in between. (I did also run a 5K in June, so thankfully it hasn't quite been a year since my last race.) I want to eventually run a half marathon (not sure about a marathon). I want to overcome my feelings about running and truly LOVE it. It took Coach Nicole a year of running regularly before she actually enjoyed it. Maybe that is what it will take for me.
I think my problem is consistency. I go through a phase where I do a lot of running because I set a goal:C25K, a 10K, 1 5K. When I do not have a goal, I stop concentrating on running and do other forms of exercise. Then my body kind of "forgets" and I have to retrain it. Maybe it's time to do the C25K over again. Does anyone know of a C25K podcast with GOOD music? The one I used years ago (Robert Ulrey) had horrid music. :)