Saturday afternoon, Me to Joel… “Ya know, I really hate this marathoning crap! Why do I continue to sign up for these? I don’t want to train for this thing…”
Sunday morning, Me at Stoney Creek… 8 mile run at 7:35 pace, non-stop.
Sunday after the run, me thinking… “Holy shit! That felt great! I can’t wait to race! I can’t wait to train for the marathon!”
Sunday afternoon, Me to Joel..”I totally kicked ass on my run! I can’t wait for Pittsburgh marathon! I wanna sign up for ten more!”
Sunday afternoon, Joel thinking… “This girl is psycho.”
Ya know, even the motivated get unmotivated from time to time. But the difference between motivated people and unmotivated is that motivated people know how to get back up…
This whole Pittsburgh marathon was bringing me down, after what seemed to be an entire month of holiday gluttony, I couldn’t fathom putting myself through yet another torturous marathon training plan. I just wanted to inhale chocolate covered cherries and listen to NPR podcasts. What was I thinking when I signed up? Hadn’t I sworn off marathons back in April of 2011? So, after beating myself up and of course a bit of self pity, I decided to dig deep my first day of marathon training… and that I just did. Unlike most people, when I think all hell has broke loose, when I am down and hate life, I like to turn it around… I like to test myself, prove to myself that I’m better than that. I like to challenge myself…
And with just less than a week into the new year, many people are challenging themselves with new resolutions. My opinion on resolutions is that they’re crap. Yes, I said it. C R A P. Look it up in the dictionary and you’ll see me squatting next to a tree, dingle berries and all. (No, dingle berries don’t grow on trees.) Someone asked me what were my 2013 resolutions… I just laughed. “Resolutions are for people that make excuses all year long.” I make goals for myself on a daily, weekly, monthly basis… I don’t wait 364 days to figure out what I want out of life. I am constantly evolving and striving for more out of life. You ought to do the same…
So, excuse me, if this blog is a bit scattered… it’s been awhile since I wrote. And for some reason today I was craving it. I’ve been craving my artistic side lately. I am entirely certain it’s because of my surroundings, the amazing RAW artists I have in my life that continue to inspire me. In addition to my boyfriend who continues to stand behind me in everything I do… and because it’s a helluva view… (ha!) I have found how necessary it is to have a significant other to encourage you to do what you love. My mother was a bit surprised when I told her yesterday that Joel insists I continue to knockdown my goals and the reasons I set out for Chicago, and to not let our relationship stand in the way. Where most guys would feel threatened to have a confident woman on their hands, Joel encourages it.
So, on this same thought… If there is one thing I can hope for you and your significant other, is that you motivate each other. Notice how after some people get married they gain 30 lbs and get comfortable? Why would you stop being healthy in your relationship… don’t you want to live longer and happier TOGETHER? Joel has most recently gotten me into P90x, a 45 minute full body workout routine. Back in October, after a run, I’d done a few situps, in which he remarks “Did you just do 4 situps? 4?!?!” In which I reply… “Yeah, if I lose my beerbelly, I will have to rename my blog.” So, as big as a runner I am , I never got back into strength training. The truth is, I have a tendency to obsess about things (no shit, Sherlock!) and I did not want to spiral back into the lifestyle I once had (because laxatives should never be a daily part of your diet…) But I got a little push, decided to try this P90x… and I’m about 2 months here and there into it. I will tell you what… I vow that my running is and has improved simply because of it and I encourage every athlete to discover the benefits of strength training.
Last but not least, I will touch on in regard to marathoning..if I hmmm and haw about marathons, why do I continue to sign up for them? You know how you have days you don’t want to exercise but once you do, you feel 10 times better and youre glad you did it? That’s how I get about marathons. Once I am in training, everything else in my life seems to shape up. My work becomes easier, my mind becomes clearer. And being that this marathon is one of the hardest courses I will have encountered, it will also be parallel with my relationship this year. Although, the happiest and most content I’ve ever been in a relationship (and completely in love) it has come with its share of challenges… and just like my marathon training, I’ll continue fight and work hard at it J
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…”- Kelly Clarkston