Positive Thinking aka What Have I Gotten Myself Into?
After a good couple of years of mediocrity and probably being a sports psychologist’s dream I think that this might actually be a good running year for me. The very abbreviated back story (that will probably never be expanded on) is that I had a failed experiment with heart rate training that knocked me so hard on my butt that it’s taken me a really long time to mentally come back from. When your head’s not in it everything else is on the back burner. Suffice it to say that I did not love my runners for a while, but I think I’m back!*
I think my turning point was being included in a UBC NIKE study on running. They gave me a 13 week prescribed running program to follow during a time of year when I would much rather sit on my couch. Dark, rainy, winter-y Vancouver is not my favourite place to run. However, a treadmill and a decent amount of accountability kept me running on average 3 times a week. So what if my runs were predominantly inside? I’ve actually come to love my treadmill (hopefully the downstairs neighbours do too!). We had a
slightly illegal 10km race at the end and I came away with a respectable 1:05 finish time. Considering I ran once outside in 13 weeks I’m pretty happy with that!
Another key to me being more optimistic is that around Christmas I got my hands on a downloadable goal tracker from Believe I Am. I’m not usually one for journals – although I’m keen to get one of theirs when they’re back in stock – as I start and never finish. But this one made me sit down and think about what I want from running this year. I want to get faster and I want to finish my 50km race in August. Voilà! I suddenly found myself with goals that are attainable. The other helpful part of the tracker was an outlook calendar. I don’t usually race a lot, but I wanted to this year. I’m not wealthy by any means so it’s usually a stretch to get too many races in. But I found some affordable ones (and ways to get in free, too) and I have about one a month. This will give me more race and trail experience, which I very obviously need in tackling an ultramarathon.
I haven’t paid for all of these yet, but they aren’t really negotiable anymore.
I have goals, people, and I will darn well reach them!!
What’s on the agenda for you this year? And will I be seeing you anywhere along the way?
*Notice that I’ve removed the subtitle “Slowly Reconciling With Running” from by blog (and on Twitter, too). No self-defeating thoughts, please.