May 16

Mon '11

Running

I got my first sunburn of the year on Saturday! And I didn’t even notice until later in the day. I went for a run with “my new trainer” and didn’t bring sunscreen or a hat. It’s not a bad burn at all. It just shows the line where my sweat band was on my forehead LOL. But yay for the weather being nice enough to actually get a burn!

So I mentioned above about my new trainer. I will explain. In January, I made a goal for 2011 to run a half marathon. We’re almost halfway through the year and I haven’t really started planning or training for it. It makes me wonder if I really actually want to do it.

There is a customer, Ron, who comes into my work who is a triathlete, marathon runner, ultra marathon runner, etc, etc. He has offered to train me for my first half marathon. He also said he would run it with me. He is so fit and knowledgeable about marathons. He told me on Saturday that he has run 30 events since January!! Can you believe that? I don’t understand how he cannot be super tired. He is amazing.

I was a little worried about being trained by someone because I really don’t have the money to pay a trainer. I was just going to try to train myself with the help of information on the web and emails to and from my uncle (who lives in Ontario) who runs marathons. On our run on Saturday, Ron told me he isn’t going to charge me for my training. He loves to run and so it’s just fun for him. That’s great! Motivation. I think.

Ok, so, Ron is going to set the date for my half marathon and I think it will tentatively be October 1.
Now that I have established this relationship with him and it’s becoming a reality, I feel very pressured. I am not 100% sure that I actually want to run a half marathon. On my usual runs around my neighbourhood, I go 10km. And by the end, I am so tired, stiff and sore!! I can’t imagine running the 10km twice plus a little more. I guess I just haven’t “trained” correctly, but I don’t know if I can do it. I know that is not the right attitude to have right at the start. Ron will push me and I know that’s what I will need.

Honestly, I don’t run for the fun of it. I run to manage my weight. I started running to help me lose weight and now I just run to try and keep that weight off. I usually only run when my gym is closed on Sundays. So I ask myself why in the world would I want to run a half marathon??!! xP I kind of have a love/hate relationship with it.

So now I have to decide what I really want to do. Do I want to train with Ron? Am I really serious about this endeavor? Or should I just run on my own and forget about official events and if I end up running 21KM in one go, good for me?! This is going to be a tough decision.

Any suggestions or words or wisdom?

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One Response to “Running”

  • Lissy
    May 17, 2011 @ 3:23 pm

    I think you should only do it if you really want to. Well, let’s start with, what are your reasons for wanting to do it in the first place. If it’s simply to state that you’ve run a marathon, it’s not really worth putting your body through all that. If you want a challenge or something to motivate you, or if it’s always been your dream, then go for it.

    Personally, I don’t see the draw. There are much better ways to exercise that aren’t so hard on your body. I absolutely hate running. It frelling hurts! I don’t see any benefit to running a marathon. <– debbie downer

    but really, I get that other people want to do it, so if you wanna, don't let me discourage you!

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