Sometimes, the only way that I'm able to get myself out of a rut, be it fitness, life, personal or career-related, is to make an impulsive decision and jump in with both feet.
This is how I make about 90% of my decisions, to be honest. I tend to be a very "go with your gut" kind of gal, so when things need a little shaking up, I make a crazy decision.
The whole reason why this blog is in existence is because of a rash decision. I signed up for a race that I had no business doing. But, relative to any other physical accomplishments that I had ever made, I basically won that first 15K in my own mind, just by signing up.
Before I even finished that first race, I signed up for an even longer race that I REALLY had no business doing.
Then, I signed up for a race that I never (in my worst nightmares) believed that I would sign up for (much less complete).
After the injurious nightmare that was training for THAT race, I took a step back and reevaluated. I don't like being injured. I like to walk without pain. I really enjoy spending my Saturday mornings sipping coffee and baking muffins rather than sobbing on the side of the road, approximately 10 miles from home.
I owned it.
Distance running is not for everyone.
Distance running is not for me.
After that shocking revelation, I still didn't learn.
Impulse struck again, and I signed up for the Disney Princess 1/2 in March 2010. Again, I suffered through this race with IT Band issues.
Some people never learn.
I never learn.
Rather than focusing on how many miles I could run in 2010, or how fast I could run those miles in, I decided to focus on having fun. For some people, running long distances is fun. For me, not so much. As a result, I signed up for my first triathlon. Then I signed up for my second.
Despite the fact that I fought seaweed and zebra mussels, and had my life flash before me on several occasions during each of the races, I loved them. Really, really loved them.
I learned a lesson.
Stick with the activities that make you feel good. Do the things that make you smile, regardless of what 'everyone else' is doing.
As a result, I've taken a much kinder, gentler approach to my future athletic plans. Because of everything going awry in my life since my August 7th IronGirl Triathlon, I've only been able to work out a handful of times since then. Only recently have I been given the green light from my doctor to resume my normal activity.
I don't even know what my "normal activity" is at this point. I ran 2.25 miles last Saturday, and that's all I've really felt inclined to do (besides some mall walking during the week). I'm OK with that, but something interesting has happened.
I want to run.
I actually want to run.
But just a little.
Although not nearly as drastic as a marathon, 1/2 marathon, triathlon, or even a 15K, I made an impulsive decision today. I needed to shake things up--remember why I love sweating so much. I signed up for the 2010 Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis this morning.
It's a 5K.
I haven't run 5K since August 7th. I snotted, cried, sweated, limped, and chafed my way through a Marathon just a year ago, but now I need to actually train to run a 5K. That kind of makes me smile.
I'm really starting from square 1 again, and that's OK with me. It'll be fun.
I signed up for this race (again...you can read the pathetic story of my first experience here) as part of Team Rep Your City, which is a brand new running club organized by my running coach/bff (whose praises I've sung for the past 5 years, both on blog and off). I'm sure you'll be hearing more about TRYC in the near future, as we're all working together to get the club up and running (ha...pun...).
If you're local and you'd like to run with Team Rep Your City (or donate to the Arthritis foundation for our team), click through to our donation page, and choose either "General Team Donation", or "Join Our Team".