Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Army 10-miler 2010 vs 2011

Last year I set the goal to run the Army 10-Miler with Mike's sister, Amanda. She's had about 5 ACL surgeries and I've never run further than 200 meters so it was a lofty goal but in the spirit of doing things we've never done and honoring Mike's life in a way he would love, we saddled up. I took training seriously as 10 miles is a freaking lot. I started running 1-2 miles in April and it was so difficult for me, but once I got into it, I gradually increased to 4, 5 and even 8 miles before we actually did the race. The last 2 miles of the race were very difficult and all I kept thinking was "Just. Keep. Going." And we finished and I thought- never again will I do this. On the plane ride home I looked at Amanda and thought, ya we could do this again next year. And here we are.

Except this year is much different. I'm in NC but beside that I'm finding every excuse in the world not to run. I've been doing about 2/3 miles every couple days. I'm so worried the 10 miles will kick my butt so hard! The race is in October and tomorrow is the first day of September. Ummm train for a month?! Not exactly the plan. Nick's doing it this year with me, and a bunch of other friends are running. I need to get my butt in gear.

When you're not motivated to complete a goal that you've set, either physical or otherwise, how do you get yourself going?

(see how I'm blogging and NOT running...)


MandyMy said...

I usually sit down and have it out with myself. I figure out the reason I initially set the goal, and when I realize it's worth more than being a bum, I make time for it. It's been a bit rough to get motivated to do things over my last 4 years, so I totally understand where you are! Just think of Mike, and the sense of accomplishment you had last year, maybe that will get ya going!! Good luck, because I HATE running!! :) <3 you girl!

Lindsay and Bill said...

Good luck to you, Stacey! You are doing something I wish I could do right now! What a wonderful experience!

Deanna said...

I'm running again too this year - and you aren't behind, I haven't run more than 4 miles yet! I'm running 5 tomorrow. You still have time, just go out and do it!

When I am feeling unmotivated, I just think how I'll feel 6,8,9 miles in if I don't prepare. That usually gets my butt out of bed for an early morning run :)

You can do it!!