As you can see from the picture above, I’ve run or walked a few virtual races in the past month. Except for the the March Against ALS/Shamrocks for Shannon race. That one is for next month, but I wanted to share a pic of the medal since it already came in the mail.
Last weekend my son and I did the virtual run for Kyle’s Krusade together. When I told him Kyle’s story and why we were running for him he asked if we could do an extra mile for him. I just love my kid. I think it is important for us as adults/parents to teach our children to be humanitarians early on. I want my son to think about others, their situations, and what he can do to help them rather than waiting for someone else to do it. My grandparents taught me to help others at an early age, and it has stuck with me thoughout my life. My son also wants to find more races for kids with cancer, so he can help them in some way. We have the St. Baldricks Virtual Race race coming up in March to help children with cancer.
In the past few weeks I have also completed the Sandy Hook Memorial 5K , Chilly Cheeks Virtual 5K , and the Northern Lights 5K. Now, I’m feeling a bit guilty about these “races”, because I didn’t really train or put my “all” into them. I almost want to put them aside until I can really “run” them and be proud of my times. I know this sounds pathetic, but I’m not happy with my running time for these races, and I want a redo. Plus I have quite a few more virtual races this month and the next few months.
Actually, I’m not happy with my running period. I’m frustrated that I can teach multiple Spinning classes a day totaling over 40 miles, and not be able to run a decent 3 miles. I know part of it comes from having to run on a treadmill and not outside, but I still need to get my butt into gear. Maybe I should pay some Girl Scouts to chase me with cookies. That might motivate me a bit more.
Since, I’m determined to run my first half marathon this year, and I need help, motivation, and someone to help me figure out my training schedule that will work with all the Spinning classes I teach, I have gotten myself a running coach/trainer. Jen aka The Marathon Mom is my new running coach! The poor woman has her work cut out with me. We begin my quest to become a “happy” distance runner on March 1st. I won’t lie to you…I’m nervous. Mostly, I don’t want to let her down, and I don’t want to discover that somewhere along the line I stopped enjoying running (right now it is a chore). Wish me luck! I’m gonna need it.
Do you find that running becomes more “mental” than physical for you at times?
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