Deep breath … I’m hitting the ‘reset’ button. There, I said it. It’s official. For as great as my 2015 was, from a running perspective, 2016 has been just as far in the opposite direction. For those who’ve followed my blog, I’m sure this isn’t a surprise.
My miles are lacking. My motivation is lacking. I haven’t been blogging as much as I’ve liked and basically been absent on twitter. Why? It’s not fun to talk about running when running isn’t fun. I came to that realization this morning – prepping for the Marquette Trail 50 felt like a chore. And I have enough of those already.
Running should be fun. I was reminded of this yesterday while listening to a podcast, hoping to get the inspiration to knock out my scheduled 22 mile trail run this morning, before my wife left at 10am. This required me to get up in the 3s. I don’t like getting up in the 3s.
Anyway, back to the podcast – it was great. Diz Runs. Check it out. In this episode he was interviewing Sally McRae. She’s one of the reasons I got into running ultras. The video ‘Western Time‘ by Billy Yang sucked me right into the idea of trail running and ultras. I had a lot of fun with it the last year and a half.
But recently things have changed. I got off to a bad start this year and have felt like I’ve been playing catch up ever since. Playing catch up is hard enough. Playing catch up while training for a 50 mile race is pretty much insane. And probably stupid. Which is why my knee hasn’t been feeling good.
During the podcast Sally made a comment about one of the runners she was training – very nervous about running a particular distance. Sally asked her if she’d feel better if she ran the shorter distance and the runner answered yes, and that’s what Sally recommended – because running should be enjoyed!
Flash forward to 3:15 this morning. I woke easily, walked downstairs, began working through my stretching and that’s when I came to the realization (while thinking about yesterday’s podcast) this wasn’t fun. And remembered, yes, running should be fun.
So … what do I mean by ‘pushing the reset button?’
- I’m not running Marquette.
- I’m going to find joy in running again w/o the pressure of training for a race. Whatever distance / terrain sounds fun, that’s what I’ll run.
- I will get back to running consistent 20-25 mile weeks before I pick another race to train for. I do have a couple in the back of my mind (Detroit Marathon / Stone Steps 50k in Cincy in the fall), but I’m no where ready to commit.
- I need to spend some time working on my core strength. And my knee.
- I need to drop about 6-8lbs.
Dude – you’re not running Western States!
Yes I am.
Remember, this blog is my journey to Western. Good. Bad. Whatever.
Another thing I learned from the podcast yesterday – you can have a bad year. Sally had one that she basically had to scrap due to injury. Then she came back, built a strong base, and came back and crushed it.
I’ll be back to crush it.
Tentatively – I think I can push my first 50 miler to Indiana in April. And then Mohican in June. But we’ll see how the rest of 2016 goes.
For now – I’m going to grab a beer and enjoy this beautiful May day!
Have you ever hit the reset button? How’d it go?
What’s your favorite beer?
Dude, you might not feel like it but you are doing just fine. If your goals or expectations are interfering with your progress then guess what? The problem is with your goals or expectations. Change them and you will change yourself. Don’t compare your performance to anyone but yourself.
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I hit the reset button this year!! Decided that training for specific races wasn’t fun for me right now, and that following prescribed plans felt too much like work. The only goal that I kept was an annual distance goal. So I’ve been running a lot of junk miles. And I’ve been happy! Actually attempted an ultra based on my junk miles training, and it worked! I ran 50miles!! Took 12hours, which was supposedly 2 hours longer than I should have, bit so what? I’m having fun.
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awesome, thanks for sharing!
Great post. You made a tough decision but it really sounds like you made the right one. Getting back to running for just the love of it is key. One thing that I found helpful when I was in a bit of a funk was to run w/o any GPS. Go out for however long you feel like and don’t worry about the metrics. Just enjoy the day and the opportunity to be out running — something that many people can’t do at all. Enjoy the beauty of nature, the sounds of the animals, the smell of newly growing flowers and freshly cut grass…