Over the last few months, I have been toying with the idea of running a race. I have always wanted to call myself a “runner.” But, for the longest time, I just could not get into running and never really felt like I could actually finish a race.
After having my husband deployed for the last year and dealing with the stresses and issues that can accompany deployments – something clicked. If I can do half of the stuff that I did over the last year, why can’t I run?
Before, I had it all wrong. I would get up on a Monday morning, motivated and feeling great and try to run my heart out. I would do pretty good and feel okay, but it was the following two days that would play havoc in the rest of the week. I was sore, tired and my motivation flew out the window. I could hardly walk let alone run. I quickly felt defeated and that my goals of running a race were so far off base. I really thought that I was being unrealistic.
“You aren’t a runner. Never have been, never will be,” I said to myself. “Running isn’t for you. Try something else.”
But, before I really gave up. I did some research, read a little bit about running and invested in a good pair of shoes. (Apparently, taking care of your feet is a pretty big deal in the running world.) I looked at my goals in a new light. Instead of going at them in full force, I started over and went really, really slow. I ran a little bit, took the advice I read and worked myself up to running more a little more every week. I leaned on my husband for motivation and had to learn it wasn’t an overnight process.
Now, I am sticking to a schedule, “getting my miles in” and am very close to the point where I can train for a half-marathon. (I never knew you had to be prepared before you actually can train for such a big race.) I found something I love, I feel motivated and great about a newfound hobby. My goals that used to seem unrealistic and out of reach, get closer and closer with every step and mile I run.
Goals are important for us Army spouses to have. With constant movement and changes in our lives, I feel like working toward a goal keeps me grounded and focused. We give so much to our spouses and families, having any type of personal goal to work for can only add positivity to your life. Whether it is running, reading more or finishing your scrapbooks.
I will admit, I used to think running the hardest thing in the world and could not wrap my head around why in the world anyone would want to do it. Now that I have my goals in check, I am really looking forward to my first race and learning more about running and where it can take me physically and mentally.