where to run to

January 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm 2 comments

after disney, my plan was to take a full solid week off running then slowly start back up. though i didn’t have any major injuries to nurse, i was certainly sore and mentally i was drained and ready for a break. i indulged in good wine. let a friend take me to five guys for the ultimate diet no-no. lazed in my comfy arm chair in the evening. and one night even ate ice cream for dinner. it was heavenly!

but the week came and went and i didn’t quite feel ready to get back out there. i found excuses in schedule restraints and phantom aches and pains. i claimed it better to be safe than sorry. the week turned into 8 days, then 9, then 10 and i really thought i was doing my body good. but then i realized i wasn’t sleeping. i was stressed. the reward of decadent food and drink was weighing me down ~ literally! and the free time meant to relax and enjoy left me with too much time to over analyze my life. day 11, day 12 … i called in to work. i was exhausted. physically and mentally. i was in total disarray.

day 13 i stepped back on the treadmill. not how i wanted to start back but the road wasn’t an option and i knew i needed to run. not just wanted to. not just should. i NEEDED to! that first night back, after battling insomnia for days, i slept ten and a half hours uninterrupted ~ longer than i’ve slept in years! and by the next day i felt more in control and capable to handle life again. it’s been a slow tentative few days. 3 miles saturday and 3 sunday. 4 mile-long hill repeats on monday and just over 4 miles with a few from the group last night. i’m a little slow. a little tight. but it feels so good to be running again.

but now i face a question ~ what’s next in this running saga of mine? i’d like to say there is no need to find the answer. that i can simply run for the sake of running but i know better. in my life i define goals and then i achieve them. period.

so what is next? the sarasota half on feb 15 is likely, the gasparilla half on march 1 is a definite. and i’m still hoping i can somehow pull off running the dances with dirt half on feb 7. three half marathons in the course of 4 weeks. a year ago that would have seemed an impossible feat. today it seems fun but nothing to be considered a next challenge. i toy with the thought of my next marathon. marine corp in october? maybe even something sooner. nashville’s county music marathon in april? or the slight temptation to upgrade to the gasparilla full. but i also look at other roads to potentially venture down. a triathlon? focus on speed in an attempt to qualify for boston? or maybe take it easy with just a simple annual goal of 1,000 miles in ’09?

a co-worker ~ and fellow single mom ~ stopped me in the hallway a few days after disney to congratulate me. she felt inspired by my success. motivated to make some life style changes.  then she asked what i planned to do next. i told her i wasn’t sure and she claimed that given my audaciousness she knew i would succeed at whatever i decided. then with a slight chuckle she dared me to take on a real challenge this time ~ find a good man and settle down.

guess i better go buy a new pair of shoes. i’ve got some running to do.


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running with the mouse ~ the 2009 disney marathon someone challenge me … quick

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Otto Mann  |  January 28, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    You need to start running as if a pack of wild dogs is chasing you.

    That’s always worked for me.

  • 2. sarah  |  January 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    i loved this blog!

    i’ve been fighting a cold/virus for 1 week and a 1/2. i NEED a walk…badly! this weekend 🙂

    how about a marathon up north??


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