Friday, August 5, 2011

1000 Ummmm Er....500 Miles In 2011

I finally have started running again.   I stopped for awhile. I stopped for four months.
Now I will officially be on the wrong side of the depressing statistic, “that only 8% of New Year’s resolutions will be completed.”  Boo.
I am not really surprised at myself.  I go through various phases of being in shape ….and not so in shape.  It’s no secret that I am hopelessly addicted to unfinished projects.  I even blogged about it once.
Back in June, I decided enough was enough, and I went out for a short 2 miles.  My fat cells screamed the whole time, but I did it…….and that “runner’s high” gave me the tiniest pat on the back when I was finished.
Gradually, I worked up to three miles, then four, until last week I finally did a 6 miler.  It really doesn’t sound like much, but considering the I-never-want-to-run-again-for-the-rest-of-my-life mindset I had adopted in February, it is pretty good progress.
In an attempt not to burnout again, I am setting some new goals for myself.  First off, I am slowing it down a bit. 
Instead of getting mad at myself when I don’t go faster and longer, I am simply putting one foot in front of the other until I get to the finish.
Secondly, I am resting more.
(This says, “Stop for traffic.”, in Japanese)
At the beginning of the year I took on too much too fast.  My knees hurt, my shins hurt, and my hip was begging me to stop.  I have finally figured out that listening to my body isn’t following the voice in my head that says, “Ummmm, it’s sort of hot outside this morning, do you really want to go on a run?”  (That’s laziness talking.)  It is more like being able to FEEL your body telling you it has to heal and letting it take the time to do the healing.
Finally, my third goal is to set new goals…..and I am aiming high.
My new goal is 500 miles in 2011.  I love this quote….. “Who aims at excellence will be above mediocrity; who aims at mediocrity will be far short of it.”  In other words, I would rather make a goal and not quite reach it than, never make a goal and not accomplish anything.
What goal are you going to set today?

*The pictures in this post were taken on my usual running route on our Air Force base in Japan.  Can you tell I love my new smart phone and photo editing apps?


  1. Yay for you!!! Great job! And I listen to my body too, I think it's something I've learned as I've gotten older.

  2. Hooray! I am running a half marathon in two weeks, gulp.

  3. awesome! good luck. :) (although isn't 500 in 2011 pretty much still the same goal as 1000 in 2011 was at the beginning of the year?)

  4. Good for you! I need to take a lesson here and remember to listen to my body. I used to run quite a bit and my mind thinks I still can, but my body says otherwise and I feel it - especially in the knees. (Can you say over-tight IT Band?) Keep on keepin' on.