Finding Motivation

It’s been a while since I wrote, and my running hasn’t been much more regular.  Since I last wrote, I’ve had plenty of ups and downs and it all can be broken down into three periods in my running.

Lung Run 10k 
Back in August I went to Toronto and fully intended to keep up with my training schedule, but found it difficult to run in the hotel’s gym.  Then once I got back I was a bit discouraged after missing a bit and ended up falling further behind.  I didn’t run for a couple of weeks, but I was determined to still run the race!  Once September rolled around I found the motivation to get back out there because the race was scheduled for the 17th.  I had a couple of solid runs and felt confident enough to attempt the race.

On race day, we arrived about half an hour before the race started, so we hung out by the lake for a bit.  I did my stretches, and then it was time to start.  I did pretty good at the beginning, but lost some of my pace after the first mile.  By about halfway through, I was getting tired and my time was suffering.  In the end, I did complete the race and that’s all that matters!

Over the winter it was very difficult to find the motivation to go out running.  The weather was cold, and a lot of the time that kept me inside, but a couple of times I braved the weather and went outside anyway.  After a few times of running in the cold, I started trying to run at the indoor track at a nearby park, and that worked a few times.  But it grew old pretty quickly because it is just running around in a circle over and over and over again.  Later in the season we tried out the gym at my work, but that didn’t last long either.  I have so much trouble running on treadmills!

Early Spring and Soldier Field 10 Mile
With the warm weather this early spring, I have been able to get out a few times running.  It’s also helped that I’m hoping to run the Soldier Field 10 Mile run over Memorial Day Weekend – though if I don’t really start training for it, I’ll have to find an easier race to do instead.  At this point I can run about 4 miles without too much trouble, but I need to push myself to do at least 6 miles by now.

Overall the hardest part I’m finding about running is finding the time and the motivation to actually get out to run.  Here’s hoping that as the weather continues to improve, I’ll find it easier and easier.  After all, I was very good about running regularly during the summer last year.  Also, the more I get out running, the more of these I will get to see:

Published in: on March 26, 2012 at 1:19 am  Comments Off on Finding Motivation  

The Long Road Ahead

Long Road Ahead

Today I start a journey (well technically I started on Sunday because that was when I decided to run the marathon and start this blog, but we’ll go ahead and count today as the start).  I am going to run the Chicago Marathon.  But not until my 30th birthday.  I couldn’t run it today; I can barely run 3 miles today.  It feels weird talking about running a marathon when I haven’t even completed a 5k but that’s the whole point of this blog – to record my journey from barely running at all to a marathon runner, all by my 30th birthday.

My 30th birthday falls the same month as the Chicago Marathon, so that will be the target.  Along the way I’ll set small goals that can be achieved in the meantime.  You can read some of them on the Goals page.  Over time as I accomplish each goal, I’ll mark it off there so I can see the progress I’ve made.  I’ll also keep a list of my Personal Bests, and probably list some milestone achievements there as well.

The first race I plan on running will be the Lung Run on September 17th in Chicago.  It’s a 10k so it will be a little tough for a first race, but I am close to being able to run a 5k now (I know because I ran with my wife for a practice run last week before she competed in the Fleet Feet Sports Women’s 5k) and I have about 8 weeks to train for it.

When I run, I’ll be using apps on my iPhone (currently using Runkeeper but if someone has a better alternative let me know) to track how I do.  After each run I’ll try to make a post about how it went, how I felt, and include a screenshot of my time and distance.

I’m off now – unfortunately not to run as it is way too hot out, but hopefully I’ll get a run in soon and be back to write about it!


Photo credit: Long Road Ahead by flickr user teamscuby


Published in: on July 21, 2011 at 8:00 am  Comments Off on The Long Road Ahead