I’ve run four miles in the past 24 hours and I feel great already.
Sadly, I admit shelving running since November. My last real attempt was December 12, at 1.28 miles– which counts. I made one attempt in February but it was less than a mile. I try to get at least two miles.
I haven’t run a race since Nov. 8– the Hot Chocolate Run 5k in Chicago. I ran it for my birthday with two friends.
It’s been too cold, I’ve been too tired– I just haven’t been up for it.
And not just that, I committed myself to so many things that running was the first thing to go so I could make time.
And that was my rookie mistake. As much as I enjoy being reliable and involved in my community, I also need to prioritize myself and what makes me feel good.
Now that it’s getting lighter and warmer, the excuses are gone!
I see now that having a race commitment motivates me to keep training between. I remember when I couldn’t even imagine running 3.1 miles in a 5k. I’ve done five now!
My longest runs have been 4.83 miles in July and 5.01 in August. I know it’s in me!
And more than six months ago, a friend invited me to run a FIVE MILE race in May.
I just registered online! It’s called the Cinco de Miler and is in Chicago.
I’ve got a goal. I’m gonna keep running until I can do five miles regularly.
And I’m promising myself that I won’t sacrifice my running again to make time to do things for other people.
Because although those commitments are important, so is my happiness. If I don’t make time for myself, no one else will do it for me.
And even though running is a pain in the calves, the accomplishment?
That makes me smile like a fool.