Here I sit on my couch. My third year Runnerversay looming next week June the 7th to be precise. It was in that day I set out to do run 1 of week 1 in 2013.
I'm sat on the couch because I have the lurgy, I'm miffed because I look out the window and it would be a great day to go for a run, one of the best ones we have had for weeks but I am doomed to sit on my couch.
I mention this because it is all part of the things I have learnt over the last three years. One of the most important things I have learnt is that no run is worth putting myself out of action for months just because I want to run today. It took my a good 1.5 years to learn this. In the past I have been known to push myself at times when I shouldn't So I will wait and go for my 1st run in my next year of running when I am ready.
Each year I decide what I want from my running journey. (This can be quite flexible ) I like to have an aim, whether it's 5km, 10km or HM. This year I am venturing into something a bit different. In September I will be 50 and I've decided I want Guns of Steel (😀 or the nearest I can get). My upper body needs some work. I got quite toned doing my Swimathon in March but I have let that go a bit. I keep starting things and then getting lost and it falls by the wayside.
I am a carrot sort of girl I need to be working towards something I like. So I have made my own program. When I was 19 I was a bodybuilder so I have reverted back to my roots. On Amazon I've seen some shoes that I would like, so my plan is every month buy Amazon gift vouchers and put them to one side if I keep to my training plan I can buy my shoes. I have a tick box system for my training plan and if I tick all the boxes by week 6 I can buy one pair of shoes if I get to the end of the plan with all boxes ticked no exceptions I can buy the second pair. I am hoping this will give me the incentive to work towards my shoes and toned upper body without letting days slide by with no work being done. I really want these shoes.
I think the thing I wanted to share with this years Runnerversay post is that running is just a diving board to anywhere your new found energy can take you. Running can be part of training plan for something else. Explore your options and try different things you might be surprised. I use my running as cross training for my speed walking. Even though I'm in a break now I'm itching to get out there and I really can't imagine not running again, it is so much part of who I am now.
Wishing you all a happy healthy week.