A couple of months ago I decided that I would try something new, let’s call it a new resolution. I wanted to make a commitment to keep running by entering more races in fact at least one a month until my full marathon in April. I find when I have a race coming up I stay motivated to do more running. Also I find that as I run more races, I become less stressed at the beginning and more relaxed during the race. My second decision was to sign up for a running club.
First things first, since making the new commitment I have completed races in September, two in October, signed up for a Turkey Trot in November and a Jingle Bell race in December. Now I just need to find a race in January (can you say Burrrrr), February (anyone know a good valentines race?), and then there is March (I am guessing it will be some kind of St. Patrick’s day race). I would say that I am right on track with the race thing and it seems to be working.
So now there is the running club. Well I am all signed up and I am excited about joining them but that is where it has ended. I am not a morning person and right now the only people I know in the group have a schedule that they run on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Sounds great right, sounds like Yeah, I finally have some people I can run with. But here is the part I left out, they run at 7 am in the morning. What?! The weekends are for sleeping in and besides it’s getting cold in New England and I like for the sun to warm the air up a little bit (okay a lot a bit) before I get out there and run. Not to mention that the sun is barely even up at 7am! So now I’m in a quandary, I want to join them but what I really want to do is find someone who will run at a reasonable time on the weekend who might like their sleep. So I will still keep looking and keep training on my own because I seem to be doing pretty good by myself.
Which makes me think about resolutions and how we often write these down and say “this is what I’m gonna do”. Which is great, right?! But I am not sure we give ourselves some space to allow these decisions/resolutions to have a life of their own. I mean I could stop now and just be frustrated that my running club has not really done what I want it to do. But really, I haven’t given it a chance. I mean really I’ve been in this club about 3 weeks now, have only been to one event and I know that it is race season so I have not even met all the people in it. I need to put in a little more effort. Maybe that’s why resolutions fail so easily. We want to make the change but do we want to put in the energy to really make the changes necessary? I know I do. So now I’m reaching out to others I have met along this journey of running and seeing how I can get the help I want/need to run a better marathon. I’m reading more about training. I’m trying different things and just this weekend I ran almost 20 miles between Saturday and Sunday (which is totally new!) Amazingly enough my overall resolution of being better prepared for my next marathon is coming true. So my resolution is not gone it is just molding into something else and developing into a better result.