It feels funny to be writing about training for the Columbus Half Marathon today — since I “skipped” my 6 mile and 12 mile runs on Saturday and Sunday. Let’s talk a little bit about training over the past two weeks.
Running on the Road
In this two week span of training, I found myself camping and traveling to Chicago for BlogHer ’13. At camp, on the road in Indianapolis, and in Chicago, I stuck to my training schedule. Until I didn’t. On Saturday, I would have had to get up at 4:00 and run in the dark in a city that is not my own in order to fit in my run before I needed to work. (I can’t/don’t run on treadmills and still would have had to do so at 4:00. I woke up at 4:30 to work on Friday so I could run the 5K.) On Sunday, we left before 8:00am, and packing had to be done before an 11 hour travel day. I chose not to run my 6 mile and 12 mile runs on Saturday and Sunday, though I had an extra 3.1 in the BlogHer 5K Fun Run (for which I got a FitBit Zip!). I almost made up the 12 mile run today, but the exhaustion of working the conference caught up with me. I listened to my body again and took today as a normal rest day. The best part? This coming week is scheduled as a recovery week. I have three 5 mile runs and one 8 mile run. Then I’ll get back into training, on schedule, like usual.
Missing those two runs makes me feel bad, I won’t lie. My perfectionism pokes at my inner core. I’m left thinking thoughts like, “If you miss these runs, you’ll never succeed!” I know that’s not true. Life happens. I need to remember to roll with the punches, to allow room for life to be lived in addition to training.
Despite the missed runs, can I tell you how great it felt to run in different places? My camp run was filled with the quiet of early morning, fog, the serenity of a small creek, and other campers out doing the early morning thing. In Indianapolis, the heat melted me to the pavement, but the sun greeted me with love and reward.
And running in Chicago? Quite honestly, I wish I wouldn’t have missed those two runs because running in Chicago is my new favorite.
It helped that the weather stayed cool and breezy. I ran along the lake in one direction on Wednesday and the other direction on Thursday. Friday’s run took us in the same direction the next day, though we ended at the sponsor’s store, Best Buy. (That run is short on my map as I forgot to unpause somewhere and did not fix it.) The flat landscape and winds off the lake made me want to run, run and run some more. Maybe someday I’ll run the Chicago Marathon.
I shared how people have been contacting me about how I’ve inspired them to start running. Getting those emails and tweets has further inspired me to keep on keeping on.
And then this weekend at BlogHer, it happened in person.
People that I admire and work with and love lots and lots told me, to my face, that they have been inspired by my running. That they love following me on Twitter and Instagram with my #runjennarun updates. That, because of me, they are running again or considering running again or running a little bit further than they thought they could or signing up for a race or… on and on. People said this to my face. Face-to-face. I probably close-talked about running with people. I bumbled out some encouragement, all while thinking, “This is a very different conversation than I had last year. I am a very different person than I was last year. This? This feels good.”
One thing I took away from BlogHer ’13 is this: When we share our struggles, our challenges, our journeys toward a goal, we inevitably end up helping others in ways they didn’t know that they needed — and end up being inspired and encouraged in ways we didn’t know we needed ourselves. I will keep sharing my running in hopes that we can keep encouraging one another to step outside of our comfort zones and push that little extra.
I’m hopeful for some good training runs in the next two weeks. I do know that I’m learning more about listening to my body and pushing myself a little harder on various runs. I’m excited to see what these next two weeks bring to my running!