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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Last week I wrote about how I was intimidated by my upcoming 11 mile run - so much so that I didn't do it - I just did 6. Today I have to do that 11....I need to get those miles in - I need to be ready for the 1/2....

However - I'm finding that these long runs are taking the joy out of my running....they are so long, and time consuming and energy sucking that I am afraid that I won't have enough left for the rest of the day....because I still have 3 loads of laundry to do, bathrooms to clean, floors to vac and sweep, and you know the drill. Dinner to cook! You know how it is - you don't get to step off the roller coaster of life just because you did a long run...

My brother (who is the one who really talked me into the 1/2 and ran one on Sunday in 2:06) says I need to do 2 of these to really appreciate it....I can tell you that I am crossing a 1/2 off of my bucket list - but don't really think I'll go back. I have ideas about one next August - but not sure now.....

I think I like the 10K distance.....I can handle a few 8 mile runs in prep for those, and then manage the rest....along with life.....

I don't like that these long runs have caused some kind of disconnect with my love of running - so I am going to push through these two weeks - get through the half, and then reconnect with my love.

The temps are getting colder, which means that I am going to have to decide if I am a big girl runner, or retreat to the treadmill.

Shaun T. is sitting on the shelf calling my name to get back into Insanity - so I might concentrate on that right after the half - throwing in some shorter runs......I need to recharge those running batteries....

I am going to do the 11.....I have to put the washer in the dryer, start the dishwasher and then I am off....I've got the route mapped out - a new one - into another town even....so it should be exciting....a couple of spots where I can rehydrate if needed and a good book on my ipod....I'm off to the races......

I need to get over this - that is for sure, and I appreciate every ones encouragement from last week - that is for sure.! Love my Sparkfriends!
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    Way to go on your runs. Whatever you decide will be the right choice for you. But I would leave the housework for tomorrow. It will still be there!
    3423 days ago
    You definitely need to do what you enjoy. It will be awesome to say you ran a half, though! I totally understand the time commitment!
    3424 days ago
    Well, one thing's for sure - you need to do what you like and want to do. Maybe you'll have more time on your plate when the kids are older. Just because it doesn't fit your schedule right now doesn't mean it never will. Do the 10K's - enjoy life and let it take you where you're meant to go!

    I'm amazed at you being able to run for 8 miles - I don't see that ever happening for me. I'm in awe emoticon

    BTW, you had asked how I was doing. I'm having a great week - things seem to have fallen into place... finally!

    3424 days ago
  • CARLA-216
    I think understand where you're coming from, Robyn. While I have only toyed with the idea of training for a half, you sound a lot like I *think* I would feel if I were actually doing those long, time consuming runs. I pretty much feel that if I ever decide to do a half, my training will have to be with a group (like through Fleet Feet, just like I started running with).
    3424 days ago
    Shoot! Sorry you are not enjoying the long runs. The training does take a big commitment. I think I know how you feel. I would NEVER be interested in making the time commitment for a full.

    When is Crunch arriving?
    3424 days ago
    If you are not liking the long runs then definitely don't do another half. If you prefer 10K then by all means stay with it.
    3425 days ago
  • VAS117
    I'm not sure if this is an option for you, but I run with the Galloway Training program in my area and it has truly been a blessing. It doesn't make the "life stuff" go away after you run, but it definitely helps with motivation to get out there and put in the serious time/miles required for half and full marathon training. If it weren't for my Saturday running group, I'd find it very hard (if not impossible), to go out and run for 3 straight hours on my own. Last winter we worked ourselves up to 6 miles (again, I was with 2 other girls - didn't do that on my own) and I couldn't conceive of doing any more than that. The companionship/friendship of my fellow runners is what keeps me coming back to those long runs. It'll be interesting to see what I'm able to do this winter once the program is over and I'm a little more on my own than I have been. We'll have "unofficial" group runs here and there I'm sure, but I'll have to rely on my inner motivation more than I have had to in recent months. I hope you're able to work through it and that you enjoy your first half marathon. I'm really looking forward to mine!
    3425 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/11/2011 9:54:23 AM
    Not being a runner myself, I cannot imagine running 11 miles but then, you're a runner! Isn't it funny how life has to mess with what we'd like to do?

    I'm proud of you for figuring it out tho. Getting that run behind you will be something to be especially proud of and I know you can do it!

    Hang in there. I'm cheering for you!

    3425 days ago
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