Motivation to Move–Depression, Friends, Races and More
Though I felt amazingly well and I didn’t have any injuries after doing the Bob Potts marathon eight weeks ago, I planned to take about two weeks off from running. I wanted to make sure my body recovered well, plus it’s nice to have the break. I went on some walks and hikes, but mostly I sat on my butt and relaxed.
On about the 11th morning of no running, I woke up and felt the all-too familiar cloudy edges of depression circling in my brain. Darn, it’s morning. I don’t want to get up. Life is overwhelming… what’s the point of doing what I can?
Damn, I need to run! It truly is my anti-depression med..
I went for a run later that day… because I’ve been there, at the bottom of that dark hole and I don’t want to go back there. The past six weeks of runs have been easy, relaxed and generally around 3 or 4 miles. Some have been alone and some have been with friends. I’ve tried out a new running route or two because time and distance didn’t matter. It’s been great to simply run for the joy of running.
But my ADD tendencies are happiest when I switch things around, so it’s time to focus again. This time my focus is the Runner’s World Half on October 21st, which is 14 weeks away. Half-marathon schedules can be anywhere from 10 weeks to 12 weeks to 16 weeks long and start with long runs of 4 to 6 miles, so it’s not really necessary to start with long runs yet, but I was missing the long runs (yea, crazy) so I did 8 miles this weekend and felt great… body, mind and soul.
The Runner’s World Half and Festival weekend is going to be a blast, with an expo, running movies and Matt Long, author of The Long Run, speaking. All of those are great options which will inspire you and give you no time to get anxious about the race.
And I’m so thrilled because many of my friends, local and from across the country, are going to be there… Betty, Bev, Carolyn, Deb, Jamie, Mae, Rose and more! It’s going to be a paaarrrty!
If interested, there’s still time for you to join the fun. There’s a 5k and 10k on Saturday and the half is on Sunday. Do one… or all three! The trio has been dubbed the Hat Trick,
and you’ll get 3 medals, 2 shirts and a commemorative hat! Registration here.
So if you need motivation to move… refocus, try a new route, remind yourself of the benefits, put something on your schedule that will motivate you and make sure you have some friends doing it with you because that adds to the