Update: running


I am registered for the Country Music Half-Marathon in Nashville in April.

Long story short:
I’ve basically given up any hard-core training.

Short story long:
My life is so full right now.  I don’t have the hours in the week to put in the miles, nor do I have the desire to give anything up in order to make the time.  My body is a wreck.  I have a broken toe that has never really healed on my left foot, and what I believe are two bone spurs on my right.  I think about going on a long run, and my first response is a quivering lower lip.  I have zero motivation.

I know, blah blah blah.  Excuses, excuses.  Cry me a river, sister.

Last year, I was all about the running.  Then again, I didn’t really have friends here in Denver, and had endless hours to fill.  Last year, running kept me busy and active, got me out of the house and out into Denver.  In some ways, it really saved me.

This year is different.

I have more on my plate than I can swallow.  I am busy at work, and have a secret project taking up my free time.  There are some really wonderful new friends that I’m enjoying getting to know, and some really wonderful books that I’m enjoying reading, and some really wonderful opportunities that I’m enjoying taking advantage of.

Something had to go.  I chose running.

I’m still signed up for the race at the end of April, and I still plan on participating.  It’s just that my “participation” will likely take three hours instead of two.  Whatevs.  I’LL STILL GET A MEDAL.



  1. Christy on February 3, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    They thought the course was too flat and added more hills. HILLS.

    Did you know that? You keep up with all things Nashville – of course you knew that.

    Anyway, you are braver than me. I am avoiding it altogether and running a flat race in Pensacola by the beach where I get a race medal that is a bottle opener. If you decide to ditch CMM last minute, there’s a spot for you in my Jeep.

  2. Jess on February 3, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    I hear ya. I’m signed up for the NYC Half Marathon on March 20. I had this ambitious five-day-a-week schedule mapped out with super hardcore speed workouts in there and many 10mi+ weekend runs.

    Then I had a Cough of Death for two weeks. Then I traveled. Then two feet of snow fell in NJ.

    I’m still running when possible…but the Schedule has be demoted to the Guideline. This will not be a Personal Record Race.

  3. Nikki on February 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Good for you. I run to stay healthy but I think if it started to interfer with stuff I’d kick it to the curb.

  4. Lan on February 3, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    it is my goal this year to take up running. i’m reading Born to Run by Chris McDougall to keep me inspired. i’m registering for my first ever 1/2 at VA Beach in Sept. it’s a long way off so i can properly & safely train, & it’s still freaking me out. i just want to finish, even if it takes me 2:59, i’m getting a medal.

    and not to be a bummer or anything, as it is not my intention, but what i’ve learned is 8/10 runners get injured. please be safe/careful with your running.

  5. Mandy on February 3, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    I. HATE. RUNNING. Therefore, this entry makes me like you even more.

  6. Sarah Kate on February 3, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    I can’t believe you’ve lived in Denver over a year.

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