Yestreday I realized that I don’t actually want to run a half marathon. It’s not like I couldn’t, if I trained up for it. I’ve done the distance before. Heck, I even entered the City to Surf half marathon in Perth with every intention of running it until I broke my foot a couple of months before the race. And it’s not like I don’t think running a half marathon would be a great achievement. It’s just that I don’t really like running. There are people who talk about how much they love to run and how awesome it feels. I am not one of those people. To me anything after 1km is just boring. I can usually manage 5km without it feeling like too much of a drag, and 10km is pushing my limit. But anything over that is just so dull. For me, it feels awesome at the end - looking at your time and seeing how much you’ve improved or how far you’ve run. It’s a matter of balancing the lack of enjoyment I get during the run with the enjoyment I get afterwards. And of course, afterwards, you remember the run as being great because the sense of completion makes it feel great. You conveniently forget that it was dull torture at the time - until the next run.
This is probably not what most people want to hear coming from a person who runs on a semi-regular basis.
Anyway, the last week has been pretty awesome. Work is putting on lots of summertime fitness activities - CrossFit, interval sessions, Yoga. So last week I ran 5km on Monday, did CrossFit on Tuesday, and ran a (slower than usual) 10km on Friday. Yesterday I ran 5km at lunch and then had a training session for Tough Viking after work, which involved more running, stair climbing, hill intervals, and cross training. I’ve also signed up for the Midnight Run and a team 5k run event where every team member does 5k. In short…I will be sore this summer.
I’m taking a couple of days off of running due to what I think may be a calf strain (let’s hope it’s not a stress fracture, but those are pretty uncommon in the fibula). Tomorrow I’m aiming for a 5km, then Yoga, and on Friday I’ll aim for a 7 or 10k run.
So here’s what’s been happening. In pictures!