Have you ever embarked upon a plan that you weren’t so successful at fulfilling? I have been struggling on this post for a few weeks now. I must admit defeat, throw the white flag in the air and launch my tail between my legs. For those of you who know me…what I really need is to unload a particular foster dog before I get too attached and keep making dog references! Truly though, my confession is that I am not going to run the half marathon. I cannot even lie to you or myself and say that I will run it next year. I am not cut out for 13.1 miles and quite frankly neither is the Energizer Bunny.
I have struggled to make the call on the half marathon. I could tell you that my back has been hurting quite a bit the last few weeks. It wouldn’t be a lie. But I don’t want that to be the reason I am throwing in the towel. I just simply can’t get past the mental aspect of running for 2 hours. I have tried. I have convinced myself that it is like going to a movie or taking a quick flight to Florida. But no. I cannot run 13.1 miles. I am simply not cut out for it. My brain will not allow me to advance more than 5 ½ miles before it screams, “Stop you idiot!”
I am however cut out for 5K running! I really enjoy running a 5K, several times a week in fact. What I love about the 5K is that you can do it on a Tuesday. I find myself pushing to meet the 9 minute mile or less on a 5K. And let’s face it, the 5K fits my lifestyle. No more than a 30 minute commitment. Just enough time to forget about the 23 emails that will fill my inbox while I am out hitting the hard pavement.
Through this agony came several revelations regarding my body and mind on not training for a half marathon.
- Who really runs the duration of a feature length movie? It’s asinine.
- The time it took for me to admit it wasn’t my cup of tea, set me back a month on my quest for healthy living. I seriously stopped running for almost two weeks. I thought that one of my text message buddies would notice and send me a swift virtual kick to the butt, but they didn’t. And you know, I don’t blame them or hold resentment of any kind for not receiving that kick. I know it is up to me to get on the street and run my fat off. No one else can do it for me.
- Only you have the power to commit to yourself. Be honest with yourself and let that guide you the rest of the way.
Happy running half marathon suckers! I will be happily running alongside Dr. Meghan the second weekend in May at the Miles for Moffitt Run in Tampa, FL! All the money raised from registration and donations funds a cure for cancer. Dr. Meghan has also promised me wine with lunch after the race is over. Let’s hope it’s at Datz! www.datztampa.com