believe i am update

I’ve written about getting my Believe I am Journal, and how it helped me rest up and push through an awesome 10 mile run. And now, I want to go back to the initial goals I set and see if I’m making any progress… (fingerscrossed)

Gain back my speed.
This is still on my to-do list. I had grandiose plans to get back on the track after Wineglass and find that 200 and 400 meter speed I had in high school. However, after I took some time off after my first marathon, I late-in-the-game registered for New York, had one week to get in some LSD (long slow distance) and then taper — again. And then I got hurt. And then Sandy happened. Marathon was canceled. And now I am forcing myself to take 3-4 weeks off. So here I am, probably not so speedy.

Move outside my comfort zone.
Which takes me here. Originally, this goal only meant my “physical” comfort zone. And I was well on my way: I started consistently running sub-8’s on runs. I ran a bit faster and a bit longer than what I felt was comfortable, but calmed myself down and realized pushing my limits would not physical kill me. (I am living breathing evidence!) But … now I’ve sort of created a new plan, which is moving me outside my “mental” comfort zone. My weekly mileage is at a good ol’ zero. I had a nice conversation with my stubborn self, where I realized that my pained feet, sore legs, and exhausted body needed a break. While running is such a stress reliever for me, I’m learning to find relief in other ways: yoga, stretching, meditation, and writing. I do not like rest, but I understand that my body needs a damn break. All I had to do was look at the workouts I logged in my journal for reinforcement…

Stop being so hard on myself.
Alas. I feel like all of these goals intertwine, which I like. I am taking this rest in stride. I am not worrying about the lack of mileage right now, since I know the recovery will be put to good use. I have big, big goals for Eugene in April, and I am beyond excited to start training hard to reach those goals come January. I’ve devoted my winter to Eugene, so until then, I am going to #gowiththeflow so I can feel rested, strong, and capable.

Yet, all the while knowing that if I don’t run what I want to in the spring, that’s OK too. Because all I want to do is feel this happy crossing the finish line, no matter what the time on the clock says.

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About Laura

marketing director at Possible. formerly at Greatist. Still running, finding zen, and searching for the perfect bloody mary.

Posted on November 12, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I think I’m in the same boat. I have aches and pains all over and I definitely need a break from the running. I just need to get mentally on board as well! I am also going to increase my yoga class attendance, it helps me a lot!

  2. Good goals, Schwech. I’m definitely taking some downtime until I tackle whatever it is I decide to do in the spring. Nov and Dec will be “social running months” and maybe I’ll actually do strength training (doubtful, but we can always make that goal).

  3. I didn’t know you got hurt?! Did I miss that? Or did I read it and just forget? Your foot? Okay…so many questions. I LOVE my BIA training journal. I need to get a little better about tracking some non-time related goals like you did here though! CANT.WAIT.FOR. EUGENE.

  4. Can I just say how much I love that there is a wine glass hiding behind the journal in that picture? 🙂

  5. I spy a wine glass.

  6. //body break = good. 🙂

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