Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting the motivation back

The last couple of days I have been thinking more and more about getting my butt out there running. On Sunday I decided to go for a 10 minute run, after my bike ride. It seems strange to go for a run after a bike ride, because it isn't easy but I wanted to. Plus I kinda like brick workouts. Weird, I know.

I hate running in the heat, so I usually skip running in July and August. I have been wanting to get my motivation back so I thought 10 minutes is better than nothing. And I was right. I felt good after running those 10 minutes. It was about 85*, but I didn't feel that hot. Probably since I biked 5 miles and was already hot. I felt slow and sluggish and my second 5 minutes were really a struggle, but I did it.

Then on Monday, I went out for another 10 minute run. I walked up to the local park and ran 10 minutes around the path. It's pretty hilly and a struggle for me honestly. I figured the hills make up for the lack of bike ride. I think I might have been right! The one hill that kills almost killed me! I had to do a "run to that bench, run to that tree, run to that playground..." But, I did it!

I know .03 of a mile isn't that much, but I'm happy. The goal is to run faster and to run through the end of the summer. Since I hate running in the heat, just having a goal of 10 minutes is manageable. I can do 10 minutes. This gets me back into the habit of running, which is what I desperately need. Why?

I have set up some goals and challenges for myself over the next year. What are they?

1. Finish my 14 in 2014 Challenge. I've only run 5 races so far. I need 9 more. Eep! I have the following on my radar:
    • Boardwalk 5k - Atlantic City, NJ {August 23, 2014}
    • Quarterback Club of York 5k - York, PA {September 1, 2014}
    • Bird-in-Hand 5k - Lancaster, PA {September 5, 2014}
    • Cupcake Classic 5k - Hanover, PA {September 13, 2014}
    • Troeg's Hop Dash 5k - Hershey, PA {October 5, 2014}
    • Baltimore Running Festival 5k - Baltimore, MD {October 18, 2014}
    • Pumpkin Chase 5k - Harrisburg, PA {October 25, 2014}
    • Kids Peace Trick-or-Trot 5k - Baltimore, MD {November 1, 2014}
    • Hero Run 5k - Harrisburg, PA {November 2, 2014}
    • Girls on the Run 5k - York, PA {December 6, 2014}
    • Celtic Solstice 5 Miler - Baltimore, MD {December 13, 2014}
2. Complete the Celtic Solstice 5 Miler in under 1 hour. I've had this as a goal for a year and a half. I would like to accomplish it on December 13, 2014.

3.  I'm also tossing around the idea of running two half marathons on back-to-back Sunday's to make it into Half Fanatics.  I'm already signed up for the Shamrock 8k and Half Marathon in Virginia Beach March 21 & 22. I kinda want to run The Love Run again next year and that is the following Sunday, March 29th. Totally doable. This Half Fanatics thing has been in my head for a year or two, but I've been too nervous about doing it. The more I think about it though, the more I want to do it.

Maybe I'm just getting my motivation back for running. Maybe? Let's hope so!


  1. Great job! Start small and increase from there! Pretty soon 10 minutes will feel effortless and 20 minutes will be your new threshold. :)

    1. Oh, I can run more than 10 minutes at a time. I just hate running in the heat! 10 minutes in the heat isn't horrible because I'm turning around so quickly. LOL!

      I think I'm going to do 20 minutes this coming Sat., then go back to 10 minutes during the week. I just need to get back into the habit of running. It seems silly to run 10 minutes - so much prep for so little time - but I'm not stressing about the temps as much.