to run, or not to run..that is the question

18 Mar

As ya’ll know I’ve been feeling a BIT under the weather. Thank you SO much for your tips and advice! One comment from Grace really resonated with me:

I decided to take the advice: I went on a quick run yesterday to get movin’ and to see how my lungs would fare! One mile in, I felt ROUGH. I wound up running (and walking) two miles. I returned home feeling crabby and discouraged.

Post-run I spent some time debating whether or not I should race tomorrow. The sad thing is, I KNOW that what Grace mentioned was true: THERE IS NO SHAME IN WALKING. If I have to walk, it’s because my body needs it. I can run/walk/do whatever I need to do to cross that finish line and still have a GREAT time and simply enjoy racing with some great girls from work.

That’s what I KNOW. What I truly feel is that if I go to the race tomorrow, I’m going to regret it. I know that I have far too much pride (I’m a Leo to the core) to walk. I’m going to force myself to speed, and it’s going to be miserable because I feel like dirt.

After some time spent resting, (and just one green beer ;)) I woke up this morning with a new attitude!

celebrating with danny’s fam

It’s all about remembering WHY I run in the first place. I run to be healthy, and to stay strong. I run because I enjoy setting goals and I feel accomplished when I follow through with them. I run to feel alive, and to be outdoors. I run because it’s “my thing” that I do solely for myself, and not for anyone else.

NONE of the above reasons make it illegal for me to race slowly tomorrow. I can run/walk/jog and still feel strong, alive, and accomplished. Maybe it’s a little nuts that I need to think so deeply into this, but I really AM tough on myself and need to lay out a plan to see both sides and allow myself to RELAX. So relax I will do, and I WILL rock this race tomorrow! Slow, or fast!


8 Responses to “to run, or not to run..that is the question”

  1. Alyssa March 18, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    yeeeah! and I’ll be there to watch Rob and Seth run… so look for me!

  2. (what runs) Lori March 18, 2011 at 12:15 pm #

    You’ll do AMAZING in the race. And who cares if you walk, run, jump, or fly… you’re out there and you’ll be giving it your all, right? πŸ™‚

    Anything green is wonderful- beer or smoothie or juice. And when I’m feeling sick I definitely grab a green juice- I swear they help. πŸ˜‰

  3. Jenny March 18, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    Doesn’t matter if you run or go at your own pace as long as you enjoy yourself. You’ll do great girl! πŸ˜€

  4. This Italian Family March 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    You are so right! You will definitely rock this race. πŸ™‚

  5. movesnmunchies March 18, 2011 at 5:53 pm #


  6. yourdailygrace March 18, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

    I’m glad my advice actually helped you! To be honest it may be the first time that has ever Sorry for the glaring spelling errors and grammer mistakes in my comments=) Can’t wait to hear about how you rock it tomorrow morning, I’ll be sending you positive vibes=)

  7. mealsformiles March 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    I totally understand what you mean – we runners are hard on ourselves. Taking a step back to think about why we run always helps me! Good luck! I’m sure you will rock the race and have tons of fun – and that’s what matters πŸ™‚


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