Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goals are Good

I have said many times here how important it is to have a goal. Goals are great for keeping you on track, increasing motivation and a number of other reasons.

So I'm taking my own advice and gave myelf a goal to work toward: the Rock and Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon on December 4th. A few friends of mine are going to do it and we're going to make a weekend out of it. The race is great from what I've heard. It's run at night, so you're running along the strip in all its glitzy goodness at night. This will probably be my first big race since having my girls (though there's another one I have my eyes on...we'll see about that). I'm actually excited and feeling a little motivated. I hope it sticks around for a while!

Here's a video of the race! Get motivated!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Which Blog Should Continue?

For those of you who don't know, I keep another blog. I actually write there much more regularly than here. I started this blog to keep track of my running-related thoughts and experiences. The other blog is more of my day-to-day thoughts and musings. But my life and my running cross paths so often, it's hard to decide which blog is more appropriate for. And I don't want my non-running readers to get bored with all my running crap, as they think of it ;)

So, what to do?

Should I continue as things are and write both blogs as regularly as I can? Should I stop writing the running blog and include everything on the personal blog? Does anyone even read the running blog?

While the answer to that last question may leave me with no suggestions here, I'm hoping it won't! Please let me know if it's worthwhile to keep this blog up or should I combine everything into my personal blog. Thoughts...please!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

To be continued?

I know it's been a while since I posted here. I was pregnant and on bed rest and really wasn't doing much in the way of anything, let alone running. I just didn't have the motivation to even look at this blog.

It's amazing how we runners are so invested in our sport. While I can't speak for the running community as a whole, I'm pretty sure most runners get bummed, if not depressed, when they can't run. Running is so much more than a sport. It's a way of life, a common bond among friends, a form of therapy. When those things are gone, some runners feel like they don't really know who they are without them. They have to discover who they are when running isn't a part of their life.

I had to take time off from running many times before, this wasn't anything I hadn't dealt with before. But running isn't just my hobby or favorite past-time, but it's my job. I'm a running coach. I could continue coaching my online clients, but I could no longer meet my clients that I see on a regular basis. I couldn't continue coaching my groups. I felt really lost during that time.

Now that the twins are here, I'm slowly getting back on my feet. Finding the time and, more importantly, the energy to run is proving to be more difficult thank I thought. Dealing with two infants, a 5 year old, jobs, life, etc., makes it hard to get out the door. I try to motivate myself the way I motivate my clients, but it's just not the same. Sometimes you need someone other than yourself to help you out. Sure, I have my running friends. But they're lightyears ahead of me in their training and there's no way I can keep up. I was inactive for almost a year. Not to mention the whole pregnant-with-twins thing. Kinda took a toll on my body. I have a lot of ground to make up.

So I guess I wondering, if I chronicle my road back to running on this blog, will it help motivate me? Honestly, as a coach, it's hard for me to admit I need help. I know how to get back on track, add mileage, keep pace, etc. But I also know when that's not enough. Sure, I know what I need to do to get back. But that doesn't make it any easier to do so.

Therefore, dear readers, I'm asking for your help. That's the first step, right?