If you ever contemplate whether or not you should go for a run, just do it. You won’t regret it even if it winds up being a slow and steady jog.
The same applies to when contemplating whether or not you should make that jump and go ahead and sign up for your first race. It might be a leap of faith you take since you may doubt if you will be able to reach your distance goal, but put in the hard work and see this goal through and you will not disappoint yourself.
I am no stranger to races, having a few 5ks, half marathons and even a Spartan Race under my belt. But after taking a few weeks off to have a baby, returning back to running has me feeling like I am starting over from scratch.
And that’s okay.
Whether you fall off the wagon and take a long break, have to take a long break because of an injury, illness or happy live event like bringing a new life into the world, running will always welcome you back with open arms—your legs might just be a little bit more sore than when you were at your best.
For me, one of the best ways to hold myself accountable in my fitness and running goals is to sign up for races. It’s that end goal that I strive for, something to work towards and look forward to. It’s experiencing and learning about myself physically and mentally through the journey along the way, and the satisfaction of succeeding and following through on a promise I made to myself on race day.
But at 9 weeks postpartum I find myself debating if I should register for my first half of 2017, a race that would take place in April. My running senses are tingling tonight, and I want nothing more than to get up and out and start training. But the other part of me is worried I won’t be able to juggle being a mom, going bak to work full time, and getting in scheduled runs.
Well, that’s exactly what I am, or at least who I want to be.
Yes, I might get tired and might doubt myself throughout the training. But it’s rising above those feelings that will make it so worth it. You might not feel ready now, but in 12 weeks time (for a half, for example) you will be.
And no matter how busy your life is, scheduling your runs can be done. Just think about it, the longest run during the week will only be say 5 miles. And then one day of weekend will be set aside for long runs. This means hopping on the treadmill after work while the baby naps or plays nearby. Or having the hubby keep the baby entertained while heading to the gym for cross training.
And by the time spring rolls around, baby will come along in the stroller.
My advice would be to go for it, sign up for that race and set that goal. It will be so worth it.
Then again, you might want to think twice if you are a frequent flyer— these runners can tell you that racing becomes addicting!