So I already admitted last week that I haven't been out running since November. I can blame this on the cold snowy weather we have had the past two months, but the sad part is...I HAVE A TREADMILL! An awesome treadmill that I literally begged for for my birthday. I can blame that on the craziness of the holidays, birthdays, etc. but that still isn't good enough. I just plain lost my motivation.
On New Years Eve, I sat around thinking about what motivated me to start running in the first place. I know it was because I wanted to lose the rest of my baby weight, give myself a new challenge and overall..get healthy. Luckily, I was able to do those things in 2010. I lost all my baby weight (and then some), I met my challenge and learned to love running AND I would say I am the healthiest I have been in a long time. Or at least I was before the holidays. HA!
So what is going to give me motivation in 2011? Besides staying healthy...I think my motivation is going to come from racing. Not racing to win...but racing to beat my best times. I never in a million years thought I could run 3 miles straight and now I am actually considering trying to run a 15K (which is about 9 miles) in November. I really think that what kept me going after I graduated the Couch to 5K program was signing up for events. I ran my first race in September...
And then my second in November. Just look at all my recruits :-)
Having running buddies is definitely the best part of racing for me. We motivate each other and push each other and that is what we all need :-)
SO...my SIL Dana and I sat down and looked for our first race of the season. Our friend Joe mentioned the Shamrock Shuffle, which is actually an 8K, and we thought PERFECT!!! It is on April 10th which means I have a LOT of work to do! We signed up early because we (1) need the motivation and (2) didn't want it to sell out. Apparently the race sells out every year, which blows my mind because the cap is 40,000 people!!! Just look at the crowd from last year...
UNREAL!!! So anyway, Dana and Joe and I are all signed up and ready to start training. I ran for the first time last night and even though I didn't run as far or as fast as I wanted...it was still a lot better than I thought it would be after such a long break. Hopefully my Christmas Couch to 8K program works. Ha!!
So, is anyone else starting a running program in 2011? Any new Couch to 5Kers?