10k, 13.1, running, training

lifting a 13.1 pound weight from my shoulders

So I’m roughly halfway through training for the Cleveland Rock ‘n’ Roll Half, and, not gonna lie, I’m kinda feeling eh about the whole thing. I started training for the Cleveland Half Marathon back in February so aside from about a two month period between mid-May and mid-July, I’ve been essentially in training mode for, like, six months now. I spend all week dreading the upcoming long runs and then have to force myself to go complete them and even then I usually quit halfway through or walk the majority of it. Usually I’m able to make it to the gym for one of the weekday runs but even then I opt to walk on the treadmill or use the elliptical. Cross-training — in the form of spinning or yoga — proves easier to maintain, mostly because it’s far more fun.

And once I figured that out I was able to figure out what was really going on here:

Running isn’t fun anymore.

Somewhere along the way, running stopped being fun and started being tedious. I tried changing music, tried running without music, tried changing locations…it didn’t matter. Training for this half-marathon has stopped being fun and exciting and instead has turned into a really obnoxious part-time soul-sucking job. When I trained for the Cleveland Half I was energetic and pumped. Now, every run feels like waking up with a case of the Mondays.

My FitBloggin friend and fellow Clevelander Jen posted this list of 10 Signs You Need a Running Break and I kept nodding my head while reading it. That’s so where I am right now.

Luckily, RnRCLE offers other options. Specifically a 10K and a 5K. The 10K is new this year and so originally I planned on just dropping to the 5K but then I was looking around for information on the website about how to change races and was reminded of the 10K.

I like 6.2 miles. It’s a solid distance that is still a challenge and still requires working towards and training. But, unlike training for a half-marathon, it’s far more reasonable to fit it into a busy life. That’s the other thing — life is busy these days. For the first time in a really long time I’m juggling, like, a million things at once and trying to fit 8 or 9 miles in just ain’t happening.

Apparently I made this decision at a good time because beginning Monday I can start the same six week Boston Athletic Association beginner training plan I used when I ran my first 10K (I switched some of the days, specifically Thurs and Wed to stick with my Wednesday morning spinning class). Sure, at this point I could probably bump myself up to the intermediate program but the mileage schedule looks pretty similar to half-training (going up to 10 miles), so, yeah, no.

The runs are short and based on time instead of distance, essentially building up endurance. I think the longest is an hour which, for me, is about four miles. I can definitely handle that and even then, it’s, like, 50-60 minutes so in theory if I’m not feeling those extra ten minutes that day I don’t have to run them.

As soon as I made this decision and talked it over with my mom and sister I felt so much better. Literally, it was like this 13.1 behemoth that had been weighing me down was lifted. Yes, it’s a little embarrassing having to downgrade my race option, but I’d rather do that and finish a 10K than attempt a half-marathon and end up with a Did Not Finish, if I even attempted to run it at all.

I think I just need a bit of a Running Reboot. A chance to take a step back and remember why I love running. Because right now I don’t and I just keep thinking back to after not finishing the Cleveland Half well and feeling kinda meh about running and then I ran the Copper River Salmon 5K and after I felt strong and powerful and that’s the feeling I want to recapture and shorter distances seems to be the key. Over the weekend I ran one mile outside before the humidity forced me to stop and that was a good mile. I want more of those.

Love from the ashes,
Lady Lazarus

3 thoughts on “lifting a 13.1 pound weight from my shoulders”

  1. I didn't know they offered a 10K. The rock n roll half always looked like so much fun, but I don't want to do a half… ever. I'm gonna look into the 10k in Vancouver. Thanks!


  2. If it is fun, it isn't worth doing.

    There are TONS of ways to exercise and be healthy without running long distances (or at all).

    Congrats on figuring your own personal way.


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