I’m pretty good at making excuses for things I don’t want to do. “I’m tired” is my go-to but I can get elaborate if needed. This is not something to be proud of and is reason #23456 I’m not perfect. But, continuing the trend of this summer, I’m deciding to leave my comfort zone and say YES to things I would normally make excuses for. Up next? Running. Marathon running, specifically.
For my ripe old age of 20, I have some pretty good experience when it comes to running races. 5ks, 10ks, 15ks, half and full marathons, and a few other oddball distances. However, I don’t have much experience racing races, minus the dread cross-country days which we do not speak of. Let me explain…
I only formally trained for my first half marathon and my two full’s, the rest I ran off my base, peanut butter and prayers. Kidding. All three times my goal during training was to successfully finish the race. I didn’t care about really speed and never went out of my way to do extra work (hills, tempo, stretching, foam rolling, etc.). I trained to cross the finish line in one-piece. Don’t get me wrong, that is an AWESOME goal, and running any race is an accomplishment. But I know I could give a little more than I have been for the last five years.
This go-around, I want to try.
Like I mentioned last week, I have hesitations about training (hard) for a race:
-I’m 20 years old and “too young” to be running long distance anyway, right?
-I’m worried about getting injured. It seems like people who run for speed always end up hurt.
-I have so many years ahead of me to “train.”
-If I tell people (you guys) that I’m training, I feel like I have to follow through with every workout. What if I get lazy or don’t hit the speeds/mileage? I don’t want to feel like I’m running for someone else. Make sense?
-Running 26.2 mile is hard enough, why make it harder?
-What if I honestly feel tired?
-I don’t want to feel like I failed.
These are all excuses and my way of cowardly avoiding the unknown. There will never be a perfect time to leave my comfort zone but good things happen when I do…in running and life. No, running isn’t “life” and there are plenty of other places in my life for growth, but why not add this to the list? As someone who tends to set safe goals in fear of disappointment, this is a big change from my normal. I don’t have a time goal yet but a PR (sub 4 hours) is in the back of my mind (isn’t it in everyone’s?). Who knows what will happen but it’s worse to not try.
Running is hard, regardless of speed or distance, so this will be an experimental training season for me. Good thing I have this little blog to keep track of my journey.