This topic has been part of my life for some time. I feel like I am constantly starting over. Whether it is a new month or a new week and I want to focus on eating better or being more organized, etc. Then there is the other “starting over.” Starting to run again after an injury, a pregnancy or even just a cold that took you out of commission for a few days. It might not seem like a big deal to most, but if you “get it” then you understand.
We work hard to get better, faster, and/or stronger. We put in the commitment of our time, sweat and our hearts. Almost nothing can beat that feeling during marathon training when 12 miles feels like a short run. Yet several months later, the same 12 miles can feel like a monster. This is because it is all relative. Fitness, and life in general, is a process. We work hard to get to the next level. Unfortunately sometimes we fall down and have to start over. While it is hard to start the first time, it can almost seem more difficult to start over. I was running consistently for months during training for the Brooklyn Half. I PR-ed it and kept running pretty consistently. Then marathon training started and I was up to 12 miles in just 2-3 weeks. I may have even thought, “hey, this marathon training cycle is not going to be too difficult.”
My leg started to hurt when I had a 14 mile run to do. There were sereval weeks of rest with only about 4 miles total within them. Then I was bike riding my miles. It is the most frustrating thing to turn that pedal when all you want is the pavement under your feet (but that’s other blog post). Now I am running – some of my miles. Sunday morning I ran 10.5 miles and honestly it felt like 20! A month ago I was running 10 miles and then dancing in the street.
My point is that starting over sucks! But we do it, because it is worth it. And it’s a reminder that every step counts. Basically starting over is the running gods way to keep us humble.
Thoughts on starting over. Are you there now or a time you remember? Did it suck? Any good come from it? Please share!