Remember why you are doing this…

I think I am just going to take a break today and let myself heal a bit.  The blisters are still there and I suppose I could band aid them up and go… but if I switch my break days and run tomorrow instead of today, I think that will be better.

I used to get so caught up in “training” when preparing for an event or practicing for a big game that often times I made myself more susceptible to injury OR… even worse… I would try to push through a “small” injury and end up making it MUCH bigger.

I have to keep telling myself that I am not “training” anymore as much as I am simply working toward a fitness goal.  Things like speed and PB’s are nowhere near as important as they used to be.  I am just happy to be running again and, more importantly, I want to KEEP running for life.  Overtraining or training hurt is just stupid.  Oh… and by the way… I kinda need to go to work tomorrow because I’m certainly not getting PAID to run…

When I get down on myself for not running every day (like I spent the morning doing…) I have to keep reminding myself of my ultimate goals.  My number one goal is to get down under 170 pounds (which means I will have lost 70 pounds!).  My second goal is to make exercise, preferrably running, a daily routine for life.  It’s not all going to happen at once.  And it certainly won’t happen at all if I beat myself to death because I’m in too big a hurry to get there.

So tonight, even though it is a beautiful 80 degree day and it’s supposed to rain tomorrow… I am going to rest and not worry about it.  Thursday and Friday I’ll get back at it again and then Saturday is the St. Patty’s Day 5K!

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