Girl on the Run

Tuesday, November 27, 2012



Today I ended my brief hiatus from running.

Using one of the Hal Higdon programs, I am now training to run my second half marathon. 

I will be honest with you: I don't want to run another half marathon. I'm tired of running. Within the past several months it somehow stopped being fun. Furthermore, I gained weight the last time I was training for the Mercedes Half and since I currently weigh more than I ever have in my entire life, I can't really afford to pack on any additional pounds. 

But I'm training for this race nonetheless. Why? 

Well, I've mentioned before that I'm a quitter. When I get bored with something I have absolutely no problem just walking away. Sometimes this is a good thing. I don't waste time on television shows after the story lines get ridiculous. And, with one exception, I've dropped no-good boyfriends pretty quickly. 

But this can also be bad. I believe one of the reasons I haven't achieved the success I dream of in my writing career is because I don't follow through. I very easily get bored with blogs and book ideas and abandon them for a shiny new project. If I could just stick to something I think I could really have a breakthrough. 

So I'm training for this half marathon as a way of proving to myself that I can follow through. I keep thinking that if I stick to running perhaps through this I can condition myself to stick to other endeavors too and this quitter will finally be reformed. 

15 comments:

  1. Whew! I know EXACTLY what you are talking about..... I quit stuff ALL THE TIME and it bothers me.

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  2. And.... I trained for the Mercedes Half Marathon a few years ago. It was one of my most prized accomplishments but mainly because I stuck it out and saw it through to the end. I no longer run though. Just that one time.

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    1. Do you think you'll ever get back into running?

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  3. I LOVE THIS!!! It speaks to me and it is motivating to me as well. Thanks for sharing Jai! :-)

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    1. Thanks for reading. I'm so glad my little post motivated you!

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  4. I am so proud of you! I will be cheering you on during the 1/2!!! :)

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  6. I can relate to this!! Anything worth habing requires discipline to be maintained. . Sometimes you gotta encourage yourself!! :-)

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    1. I am also very fortunate to have a great group of women in my life who encourage me too.

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  7. I hear you about being a quitter! I have recently come to terms with the fact that I quit when things get too difficult, and that is something that I am working to change. 13.1 miles is a long distance if you're hating every step! Can I help you train, make it more tolerable? :)

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    1. Thanks, Tanya. I may be calling on you for help soon. :)

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  8. Also, don't stress about the weight gained. It's normal! And mostly muscle.

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