Happy Global Running Day! I always like to use this day to appreciate running and think about what it means to me. That usually includes thinking back on my running over the years. This year I’ve been thinking about running challenges I’ve overcome. I hope you will share what running means to you or some of the running challenges that you have overcome!
Waking up Early to Run
I think my first running challenge was finding time to run. This was difficult when I started graduate school in 2006. My schedule was all over the place and I had classes in the evenings and had to do homework at night. I also worked full time and one of the years I had an internship. I learned that the only way I could keep up with running consistently was by waking up early to run. At first it was a difficult transition but as you know I am now an early riser naturally!
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Giving up Mentally in Races
Another challenge I’ve faced with my running is giving up mentally in races. The race that stands out to me with this is the Baltimore Marathon in 2013. It was humid and hilly. I was pretty well trained, but went out too fast. The course goes up, then down, then up, then down. Well, by the time I got to the second half I had used up way too much energy by running fast on the first downhill. As we started to climb again I mentally gave up and started walking. Once you start taking walk breaks, its hard to stop. I finished the race, but my time was about 15 minutes slower than what I was trained for.
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If you have been following my blog for awhile you may know that I spent many years injured. I call them chronic injuries because they weren’t “severe” but lasted a long time. My two hot spots were my left ankle and my right low back. These are still the areas I need to be careful with, especially my back. Every once in awhile I will notice them still but strength training has helped so much. Also just learning to properly activate my core.
While running while pregnant was a challenge, I knew it was temporary. Postpartum running was scary because I had a c-section and I had no idea how my injury-prone body would handle a return to running. I took things very slowly- I didn’t start running until around 9 weeks and did run/walk intervals for a few weeks. My first race wasn’t until 9 months postpartum. I still haven’t returned to the marathon. (I did complete a few half-marathons, but they were virtual ones). While most of my races have been virtual (only 2 live races sine having Grayson) I have unofficially PRd the 5k, 10k, and half-marathon.
Running with a Stroller
When I was pregnant I didn’t even register for a jogging stroller because I didn’t think I would use it. Boy was I wrong! After Grayson was born we decided it made sense to have one. We needed a regular stroller anyway (we just had an infant one) and I had dropped down to working part time so I knew I would have a little more time to run with him than I initially expected. Of course I used it alot during the pandemic when I was working from home! There were many challenges involved with stroller running: learning to push the stroller, timing our runs around naps and feedings, keeping him entertained in there, and adjusting as he kept gaining weight and got harder to push. But it’s all been worth it for all the miles we have gotten to run together!
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Running involves a lot of challenges, but overcoming them is one of the things that makes it so great. It always feels good to look back and see what you’ve overcome.
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