Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Just Finish

5 marathons, at least 10- 1/2 marathons, numerous 5ks, 10ks, etc. and I can honestly say I can't stand running! I know it sounds crazy, but it's true.  I dread it and as soon as I start, I want it over. I have NEVER experienced "runner's high, only runner's low.  Why do I keep doing this to myself, you ask?? I ask myself that question a lot, and the only answer I come up with is to continually challenge myself mentally, because I absolutely refuse to QUIT!  It's just in my nature.  If I have to drag myself to the finish line, I will finish.

13.1 done
love these shoes!
I was a tomboy growing up.  I loved playing baseball, football, and soccer. I have always loved playing sports, actual sports that is.  I have played competitive soccer and tennis and will chase a ball around for hours, I just can't seem to muster an enjoyment for running on pavement for no reason. I promise I really try to enjoy it, and  I envy those people that can go out and just run and love it.  (Chances are, they don't play a sport with a ball or another instrument to control.) I won't go there...

My latest 1/2 marathon... my husband (who happens to be an All American collegiate runner) and I traveled to Nashville to do the rock n roll this past weekend. I realized this past weekend the main reason why I  do these races I dread, is to take long weekends with my wonderful husband in cool cities and relax.  (After the run that is.) And then, we have an excuse to explore, to eat whatever we want, and relax with a few cocktails.  I have to admit, the 2+ hours I'm out there plodding along makes the quality time with my favorite person in the world worth every minute.  So I will continue to do these races.  The plan is for us to do 2  rock and roll 1/2 marathons  a year. But, what I am really excited about are the trail runs and mountain bike races we are going to do this summer.  (I'm slightly ADHD):) and I just find running on pavement incredibly boring (nothing against anyone who likes it, and remember why I do it...mental challenge), but I do believe I have found my answer with trail running/hiking and mountain biking.  Both are technical, (you are forced to pay attention, or you will get injured), and they are challenging.  Most importantly, they keep my interest!! I believe this is the way to go.

I'm excited about the events we have planned for the summer... several mountain bike races and trail runs through September and conclude 2012 with the San Antonio Rock and Roll Half in November!

time to enjoy some wine and pizza!
my favorite guy in the world!
i admit, i couldn't wait... :)
hobbling around nashville

 I'll be sure to keep you posted to how things are going this summer, but rest assured I will never quit!