The last time I ran consistently was two summer's ago. It was when I bought my Garmin Forerunner, and was determined to train for a half marathon. Seeing as I have yet to have any racing bibs or tee's, that didnt happen.
Running for me has been an off and on thing since then, and it was within the past month that I decided if I was going to keep up with it, I needed a schedule and a goal. I know that running consistently makes me feel better physically and mentally, and is actually really great for my body personally. I've never really had any running injuries (minus weird hip pain that I got once, but hopefully my 2x's a week yoga will take care of that now), and I've never really struggled with running. In middle school I was on the track team because my best friend was, and while I was never great, I could keep up in practice, I could get through the runs and the friday morning practices in the dark. I wasn't a runner per se, but I could run.
Two summer's ago I got up to about 5, 5.5 miles, and then my running petered off. Well right now I'm back at 5 miles again. According to the Hal Higdon Novice half-marathon training plan I've been using, I was supposed to get 5 miles in last weekend. Instead I ran 4.38 with a group of current and prospective Michigan Law students, and Dean Z, head of admissions/the school.
There's a few races before the Princess Half next February that I'm thinking about -- a few in south eastern Michigan, and one in the UP that I would LOVE to run, but I'm not sure that I could convince anyone to go with me.
I do have good news on the motivation for the Princess Half front though. Via complete chance and early morning twittering, I discovered that miss La Caffeinista, my fellow wolverine, is super interested in it as well. So we'll have to motivate each other.
I also just found out through my crazy downloading of everything I could find on this year princess half, so I don't have to wait until Jan/Feb of next year for pretty much the same info, that the race goes towards the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, one of my absolute favorite charities. So now I have even more of a reason to run it.
Overall, I'm really happy with my training right now. It's not overwhelming, its very do-able, and with weather like today
I am more than happy to get outside, get some VitD and just run.
I have some running essentials, that I'll probably share with you tomorrow (maybe a running-themed Things I love Thursday?), but for now, just know that this is your call to keep me on track, accountable, and motivated.
Are you a runner?