Sunday, March 16, 2014
Running is My Happy Place
It's hard to believe that running wasn't a big part of my life before this past August, sure we flirted a few times in the past but for one reason or another we never got serious. But now, now I have a hard time picturing life without it.
My new job, well it's time consuming and I am in my car a lot with nothing to do but think. I think a lot about how time driving from one central Massachusetts town to the next could be spent with my running shoes on working up a sweat. I had been guilted into skipping out on the gym so much these last few weeks that my workouts were really suffering and the time I did spend at the gym I felt so guilty that I couldn't get any respectable work out in. I decided that something had to change. I needed a goal to work for, I needed to treat my workouts like I treat my appointments for work, they go in my book and no matter how badly I don't want to go, I go. I went over to pinterest and found my half marathon training schedule and wrote the workouts in my calendar. Now I have a goal.
I don't have a half marathon coming up and haven't even looked into singing up for one other than the race in the fall but I think the training for that will be easier if I am used to running for more than 4 miles at a time.
So far having the workout scheduled is really helping, on Thursday at about 8:45PM I was finishing up my phone calls in the office and realized I still had to get in my three miles! Crap, I had eaten my weight in Five Guys fries and a bacon burger for lunch and still had my hour commute home at 9. It sucked. I got home and made myself put on my gym clothes and then procrastinated....a lot. But I got it done, I think it posted to RunKeeper at 11PM. Hey, I got it done!
This July I am running The Run to Home Base which is a fundraiser for the Red Sox Foundation and homebase.org and helps fund research and awareness for TBI and PTSD, obviously something very near to my heart (and the Red Sox...HELLO - I get to round the bases at Fenway, get out of town!). I had to commit to raising $750 before the race in July so I will be asking for help. Here is the link to my fundraising page. (http://www.runtohomebase.org/2014RunToHomeBase/AmberSnow) If you can please donate, I will do a full post on this soon and would love the help of the blogging community to not only reach but demolish my goal so if anyone wants to let me guest post about it to reach your readers that would be amazing. But more on that later. For now I am just excited to be registered and hopefully by then 9K will be like a warm up run for me.