Maybe they need to run free, until they find someone, just as wild, to run with (SATC).
My 2012 in a nutshell:
Almost anyone: ‘Blah blah blah… challenge… blah blah blah!’
Me: ‘Challenge accepted!’
I love a good challenge, and I could even make the argument that I need challenges to keep me motivated to do my workouts, run a little bit longer, eat cleanly, etc. My downfall is that I usually end up agreeing to challenges that look good on paper, but don’t bring me the complete & utter fulfillment that I’m expecting. And that is when I actually complete the challenge!
At the end of December, I committed myself to an outrageous challenge: to run every day for 6 months. That didn’t go so well.
A week into January, while on vacation, I thought I might just take a quick nap before going for my run. That nap turned into a 13 hour slumber. I decided that I would give myself one ‘absolutely too exhausted to run’ card every month. A couple of weeks later, I had a hard time mustering up the energy to get off of the computer, but needed to go across the street to Tesco to pick up a couple of things, so I created and immediately awarded myself a ‘run to Tesco and back’ card that could be used once per month. Only days later, I missed my run completely and invented a ‘time zone’ card, which allowed me to count a run twice, provided it was completed in a 7 hour time frame where Alberta & Cambridge were on different days of the week. Grasping at straws, much?
February came and I ran. Then it got cold, snowed, and I didn’t run. Within the first week I ended up using my ‘absolutely too exhausted to run’ card & my ‘time zone’ card, and missing a run on top of that (I didn’t even get off my butt just to run to Tesco). It would have been ridiculous to keep inventing cards that validated every excuse in the book. And, I wasn’t enjoying running.
A few nights ago, I allowed myself to contrive one final card: a ‘get out of this challenge for free’ card. No questions asked, just t’s & c’s that require me to want to run whenever I go running. Weight lifted, and I’m back to loving running.
My passion for running has been resuscitated, and I spent part of Wednesday evening online choosing my next few races. I’ve registered for the Copenhagen Marathon, with Claire (& Thomas??) which is on the 20th of May. I’m eagerly anticipating the registration for this year’s Zest Girls Big Adventure Race, and am getting psyched for the Spartan Race in July. There are a couple of 1/2 marathons taking place over the next few months that I might register for as well. I’m planning on running an Oregon wine country half marathon with a good friend from Canada, and trying to convince the same friend to run the Honolulu Marathon in December. I’d love to try a duathlon this summer as well. And fit in as many adventure races as possible.
I suppose the moral of the story is that each of us is the designer of our own life. I am engineering my own adventures, and am not going to risk making myself miserable or anxious by enforcing rules of a challenge that I’m not 100% enamoured with. I love a good challenge, and they don’t all crash and burn like the ‘run every day’ challenge, but I’m okay with letting myself off the hook once in awhile. I want to enjoy my life, and live it fully completely. On my own terms!
BTW, today’s tabatas are: