Fact: I’ve been in a funk pretty much since the end of 2010. I haven’t been running as much as I should be. I’ve been subjecting myself to long runs on the weekend without the build-up milage to support such distances.
I know that I need to incorporate more 3-8 mile runs during the week, cross train more consistently and simply put, just recommit to the sport.
Over the weekend, I was going through some photos and found a picture of me and 2 very close friends (also running) at the start line of the 2010 SF Marathon. I sent it to each of them with a simple line: “Miss you guys.” (Context: I train with a group of friends in San Francisco and haven’t been making it out to our Saturday runs consistently).
I received a response from each of them:
Two completely different responses, from two people I care very much about. But in essence they are saying what I need to hear:
It is as simple as getting up, putting on your shoes and running. 1 mile, 2 miles, doesn’t matter. “Just get up and run.”
I did burn out last year and it resulted in an injury from overuse. I was racing every month and not allowing proper recovery time. Setting a goal like a half marathon in a couple months will allow me to focus and get back on my feet, literally.
Sometimes reaching out to those you know, especially fellow runners, results in solid advice. I plan on listening to BOTH of my friends and getting back out there. I’m ready. Re-focused and re-energized thanks to two amazing friends and an event photographer.