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Friday, January 22, 2016

Running, ruins of an ancient civilization, and other randomness.

I don't always run. But when I do, it makes me happy.

You would think that knowledge would be enough to get me out the door more often, but I'm in a funk. And as a result, I pretty much don't feel like doing anything. Even the things I know will make me feel better. Like running.

The other day I was thinking about how I feel like a fraud lately. Like I can't call myself a runner anymore.

If I only run three days most weeks, am I a real runner? If I don't get excited before my runs, am I a real runner? If most runs feel hard, am I a real runner?

I've seen all the quotes about how it doesn't matter how far or fast or often you run that makes you a runner. But seeing isn't always believing. Somehow I always believe things like that when applying them to everyone except myself.



So I decided to think about what I want to accomplish as a "runner" this year. I have some races on the calendar. Which is a big deal considering my last race was the Boston Marathon last April. And I have some big goals, which will helpfully motivate me out of my funk and help me get focused in multiple ways. 

Luckily I have a supportive family. Yesterday, I was feeling overwhelmed and didn't feel like running or spending the time it would take, but Scott pushed me out the door because he knew I'd be glad I went. And of course I was. Tomorrow I'll log my third run of the week. And next week I'll make a plan to keep working toward my goals. Then I'll take it one day at a time. Because that's pretty much the only way I can handle it these days.

Now on to much lighter and happier things. Some random...





...and some funny, because it is Friday after all.








4 comments:

  1. That questionnaire! I die! LOL. I know many people in a running funk right now (including me). I always only run 3-4 times per week (swim on the other days) but lately running is a struggle. It's very cold and icy in spots and I am just not super excited about it. Was supposed to run today but ended up back swimming even though I swam yesterday. I do consider myself a runner, just trying to get thru this "season" of how I am feeling and what the weather is doing. We cam do it!! Hang in there.

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    1. I was supposed to run today but rode my bike trainer instead. I've decided to stop worrying about mileage and just focus on my overall fitness. That has helped a little. It makes it easier that I am not training for anything right now! Good luck the next little while. And be careful on that ice! Let's keep our fingers crossed the groundhog was right and we really do have an early spring!

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  2. I definitely don't call myself a runner right now, but hey, I did when I ran 3x a week so you still qualify ;) I hope this year will be better than last for you (running wise. Well, why not everything-wise, I guess?!) I think it is just the January funk. I want to leave for hawaii and not come back until it is spring here.....so like late april.

    That blockbuster meme is hilarious!

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    1. I am glad you have a reason (felicity) to come back (besides me) before April. Otherwise I would really worry. 10 days is going to be long enough without a Megan fix for me!!

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