So yesterday I had a realisation. I like running by myself(*). Whenever I run with other people I feel like I am not good, fast or agile enough. I judge myself when I shouldn’t. It messes with my mojo. So I didn’t go to running club, I went running by myself.
It was about 32 deg C yesterday afternoon, that forecasted storm never eventuated. Despite the heat, I busted out some tunes and went for it. Not as fast as the other day but so freaking liberated. I felt like I was back in control. I was chasing people down like we were in a race, doing what I need to do to get my speed and distance up. I got home tomato red, sweating like a pig and feeling on top of the world. I guess this means I have broken up with running club? Great peeps but maybe just not my style….
After a shower to re-human, I had dinner by myself and girly tv shows to keep me company – BLISS!
This morning, after doing yoga I googled to see what running events are in Brisbane for next year. Turns out there are heaps. So I made a race calendar. Wanna see it?
- March 24th Twilight Run 5km St Lucia
- April 7 Womens Running Fun Run Pink – Team Pinkie 5km (Registered)
- May 26 Rotary 10km Run
- June 2 Heritage Bank 10km Run
- June 16 City to South 14k Run (Registered)
- 4 August Brisbane Running Festival Half Marathon (Yes that says Half Marathon)
- 1 Sept Bridge to Brisbane 10 K Run
Yep, I have registered already for two of these bad boys. The rest I have to wait for registration to open. I know I said earlier I like running by myself but running in these events will be different to a training run, a different atmosphere and purpose. Plus, I figure the longer runs can be part of my training for the Half Marathon on August 4 (!?!?!). Big challenge, but I am up for it. This marks a new phase in my running life. I know that if I can do all of these runs, then a marathon in 2014 is an achievable goal. Watch this space.
In other news, it’s boot camp tonight, it feels like the longest build up ever. I can’t wait!
So there you have it, a race calendar, a commitment to running and training and hopefully some cute medals. I’M EXCITED!!!!
(*) when I say by myself, I mean me and my virtual WP running gang, you know who you are 🙂 if you wanna be in the gang, just say so!!
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That’s fabulous news. So invigorating when you set goals. Seems there’s a few of us that prefer to set our own pace. Although I am considering entering the 12k Perth City to Surf in August 2013… along with 40,000 of my closest friends!
We will be training at the same time! I can’t wait to hear how it all goes 🙂 Setting these goals has cemented my enthusiasm for running, and strangely made it seem easier in my head! I have my calendar stuck to my wall and I look at it every day. It’s a lot, but I think it is well spread out and achievable.
Great. So does it mean we’re training buddies? 🙂
I really need to take the next step and copy my goals from my head and onto paper and pin them up. Could be this weekend’s project.
You are on girlfriend! Lets own our races!
Couldn’t agree more I much prefer running on my own at my own pace with my music blearing out bliss
Yeah, my music selection is eclectic but it really helps to keep me moving. And I really get into my own zone, listening to my body and pushing myself. I’m a lone runner and that is perfect for me 🙂
I registered for my first half – it is a month after yours on May 5th, so I’ll REALLY be following your progress! 🙂
So exciting, we can be training buddies. You are in the WP virtual gang too 🙂 There are a few of us now……
Sounds good. 🙂
This is awesome! YAY, a half, woot! Woot! Reading this makes me feel better that I’m already planning (thinking about) races well into 2013! So funny, because I have a draft post saved right now to post later in the week with my tentative race plans! Cheers to running forward!
I know right, seems like ages away, but it’s too hot here over summer for races to be held. On the plus side it gives me stacks of time to train hard. I’m not in it to win it, just to compete and do my best 🙂