Monday, June 6, 2011

looking back for motivation

I haven't been super motivated to do anything fit these days. I've been eating right and going to the nutritionist as planned, but working out has been like torture for me. I come up with every excuse in the book: "I just did my hair last night" (it takes about 1.5 hrs to blow dry & straighten), "I'm tired", "I have work to do", "I have a head ache", "I don't feel like it", "Let's just relax for a bit", and the list goes on...

Hubs and I have both been really wanting to get back at it. We are at the point where if we keep up with this not-working-out-thing, we are going to start seeing physical results that we're not going to like.

One thing I decided to do was read through some of my old blog posts. There are some good ones if I might say so myself. I've always loved writing. Anyways, it reminded me of just how motivated I was at first.

It's a Bitter Sweet Goodbye
I eat hills like you for breakfast!
The First Mile
Photos...Let's Get Real!
Getting Rid of That Security Blanket

You see, I started this blog the day I finished my first half marathon. And I used it to track my training, struggles, triumphs, and frustrations throughout training for the subsequent halfies and a few 5ks. Then I remember what I did, I always had a race I was training for. Up until I dropped out of the Chicago Marathon due to injury, I always had a race I was preparing myself for. Preparing physically and mentally...

So, what did I decide to do? If you promise not to get too excited and tell too many people, I'll tell you... I've decided to seriously commit to 2 more half marathons. This is big for me. After my patellar tendonitis (which I'm still nursing) I thought I'd never run long distance again. I say "seriously commit to" instead of "train for" because I need to see where my training will take me. I'm a badass, but I'm not an idiot. I don't want to permanently injure myself.

I would like to run in the San Antonio Rock 'N' Roll Half Marathon on November 13, 2011 and then do the Austin Half Marathon (my first race in 2009 and my personal favorite) on February 19, 2012.

I will be using the next 7 weeks to build my core and leg muscles to prevent further injury. If I can get to the point where 3 miles doesn't kill my knees (in the next 7 weeks), then official half marathon training will begin July 24, 2011 (which gives me 16 solid weeks of training).

Do you ever look back and read old blog posts? What do you learn from yourself?


  1. That's so exciting... and sounds like you picked 2 great races! I hope it works out for you!

    I've looked back and read old blog posts from my old (now private) blog. I learned I need to be less whiny. :p

  2. Looking back is an awesome way to self-motivate! Thanks for sharing and reminding me to do that!

    Sounds like you've got a great plan for your training.

    Winks & Smiles,

  3. I do read my older posts ... mainly to let myself know that I used to be much slower and even though I am not mighty fast now, I have, in fact, made some progress.

    Looks like you have a great plan for your training.
    Good luck!


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