For the last four years I have totally changed the person I used to be. I went from never running 1 mile to completing two Ironman 70.3 races in 6 months. I have pushed my body and mind further than I ever imagined. Each year I challenged myself with a new fitness goal. It has changed me physically, yes, but mentally much more than I knew possible.
Everyone has an addiction.
Wine or beer?
Maybe even something healthy?
Mine was racing.
Don’t worry, I was also addicted to sugar.
I didn’t race a lot, but if I raced I wanted to PR (Personal Record, best time for that race distance). And if I was going to train for an Ironman, I might as well do two in a year! There are obviously much more hardcore athletes out there. I still feel like I can’t even put myself in the athlete category, but what I was doing was extreme for me.
So, if I’m addicted to racing how could my phrase for 2015 be “No Racing?!?!”
I love to race. I think everyone should race: 5Ks, 15Ks, relays, half marathons, marathons, ultras, triathlons, Ironmans… They are all awesome and amazing experiences!
Let me explain by what I mean by “no racing.” I mean I will not be pushing myself to PR, to go further distances, to train for another big race like an Ironman.
I will be in races! I even paced for the first time at the Zooma Half Marathon last weekend. It was an incredible experience! But I did not push myself. I will also be supporting the Donna Breast Cancer Marathon by running in the relay. But I will be part of a team and not there to see my finish time.
I am taking this year to enjoy all the things that I have fell in love with: running, swimming, and biking, without the pressure I have put on myself to “do better.” Having goals is important and fitness goals can change your life, as it did mine, but allowing my body (and mind) off this year might make for even bigger and more amazing goals for 2016. Who knows, maybe a FULL Ironman 140.6 will be in the not so distant future! But going from training and constantly pushing myself for four years to just ‘going for a run’ is not going to be easy.
I love racing because it gives me a finite goal to reach and a reason to wake up at 4:30 am in the morning. So, we’ll see if I can continue training, even if I’m not training for a specific race. My friend said it the best when I told her I was taking 2015 off, she called it, “Training for Life.”
So, maybe my phrase should be “Training for Life” instead of “No Racing”…
How’s your New Year’s Resolution going? Are you looking to push yourself this year, maybe try a triathlon?