Tuesday, July 3, 2012

"You run too much"

Well, it's been over a year since I posted here! I am going to try to get back on track, just as I am trying to get my running back on track.

This is how the past year looked:
  • June 2011 - 77 miles. Started dating someone who told me that I run too much and need to try other things. 
  • July 2011 - 72.5 miles. Trying new things while attempting to keep my running at a maintenance level.
  • August 2011 - 72 miles. Still managing to maintain, still being told I run too much. 
  • September 2011 - 69.9 miles. Having a hard time balancing everything.
  • October 2011 - 47.3 miles. First time bungee jumping. 
  • November 2011 - 62 miles. In spite of the decreases, I managed a 10km pb of 54:12. 
  • December 2011 - 48 miles. Still being told I run too much. 
  • January 2012 - 48.2 miles. Thinking about 2012 races, missing being an ultra runner, and missing trail running. 
  • February 2012 - 19.3 miles. Low enough? No, I still "run too much". Start learning how to swim.
  • March 2012 - 25 miles. Still working on swimming. Missing long runs on the trails. 
  • April 2012 - 52 miles. Stop dating the person holding me back. Start trying to get my fitness back. Still swimming. Discover that I've gained 5lb over the past year.
  • May 2012 - 65.2 miles. My fitness is slow coming back. Still swimming. First whitewater rafting trip.
  • June 2012 - 65.4 miles, including some hiking. Every run is a struggle. Swam 3 times and then decided that it's going on the backburner until winter, so that I can go mountain biking once a week instead. :) 
And that brings us to July. As you can guess, I learned a few things over the past year! ;) But now I am really struggling to get my fitness back. It's strange to me that two years ago I went from injured to 50 miles in just 6 months, but right now I am struggling to do even 20k runs. I really hope the balance starts to tip soon and I start feeling better on my runs! I keep telling myself that it will come as I keep working at it.

For motivation, I am doing the 22.5km option at the Squamish50 on August 11. Having a goal keeps me moving forward, and I am excited about the race.

I am also considering a 50km in October. It will be a challenge to be ready for that, but again the goal is key for keeping me motivated. I'll decide that based on how things go the next few weeks.

Lesson learned: Running makes me happy. Being pressured not to run makes me unhappy. I won't make that mistake again!


  1. April 2012 = Good riddance! Good to see you doing what makes YOU happy. Good luck at Squamish!

  2. Welcome back! Good luck with Squamish!

  3. Welcome back and all the best with your training. You'll be back to top form soon.

  4. i agree with derrick! good riddance! for sure have to do what makes YOU happy! welcome back holly!