It has been a busy week. Besides the fact that work is pretty busy, my evenings weren’t all that quiet either.
Monday night I cleaned my house. Tuesday night we had to visit my brother in law who celebrated his birthday.
Wednesday night was an emotional one. The manager I have worked for the first 8 years I’m with my company had his retirement reception. My colleague and I had organized everything and it was a great reception. He was very happy with how we arranged everything. There were speeches by my current manager, the big boss of the company, his son and himself and I had to wipe away lots of tears. I have never worked this long for one manager and I was sad he is leaving the company. We made a “deal” that I am going to visit him in August and bring Bella so she can have a play date with Bas, his cairn terrier.
By Thursday night I was so tired, I needed a quiet night on the couch which I did. Friday I was still pretty tired and took it easy. I had taken the day off so that was a pro.
Yesterday evening I had a wedding party to go to. One of my colleagues married yesterday and invited a few of us. They had to get married because his wife has gotten a job offer in the USA. She’s going to work at the university of Pennsylvania for the next 6 years in January. He is going to follow her a few months later and if he wants to live and work there, they have to be married before they leave. It was a great party, he looked so happy, I don’t think I ever saw him this happy. It was such a lovely couple.
“Well here I am! My first blog!” Those were the first sentences when I started this blog on June 27th in 2009. I can’t believe it’s already 4 years since I started this. I still haven’t reached goal weight since then but I am still running. The best thing about my blog is that I’ve met so many beautiful people online. Some of you have been reading here almost from the beginning and I consider a lot of you my friend even though we have never met. Thank you for coming back every time to read my blog and for your support.
Running version 3.0
As you know I’m struggling with my runs lately. So much that it’s hard to get out the door for a run and I do skip runs more than I want to. I have been thinking a lot about my running lately.
Fact: I can’t run longer than 20 minutes straight.
Fact: I need to stop a couple of times and walk during long runs.
Fact: I am slow (and in Holland runners are fast which means I’m always one of the last to finish).
Fact: I am running for 4 years now and I haven’t really improved.
I think (and I have had this thought many times the past 4 years) that I moved on too fast to a next distance when I started running. I trained for a 5K, finished it in not a good time. Started training immediately for a 10K and didn’t finish in a good time either. 10K done? Oh well, Let’s train for a half marathon where I had a DNF because of the heat. I can’t remember finishing a race without at least 1 walking break.
What do I want to accomplish?
- I want to run at least a 10K without walking breaks.
- I want to get faster and run a 5K in about 30 minutes and a 10K in about 1 hour.
What am I going to do?
I’m starting over! Tomorrow I start a 7 weeks to 5K program. The first runs have walk breaks but at the end of the 7 weeks I should run a 5K without stopping. At the same time I’m trying to improve my time which should be possible with the walk breaks during the first weeks.
After I finished the program I signed up for a 5K and start an intermediate 5K training plan after that and do it all over again and signed up for another 5K after that. If needed I do another 5K training plan, if not I move on to a 10K training plan.
This is how far my plans go at the moment. This time I’m going to take it slow and only move on to the next distance if I’m ready. This means I won’t be running a half marathon soon and at this point I’m not even sure if I ever want to do that. I want to enjoy running and come home happy after a run, not frustrated. I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I’m running for me.
Because my runs won’t be that long the next 6 months, I’m also going to do more DVD workouts and I planned a lot of long distance walks with Bella.
This doesn’t feel as a failure to me but as a new beginning. I can’t tell you how relieved I am when I made this decision and let go of the thought of that half marathon in October. I look forward to the months to come. I want to have fun again when I race like I did on this photo back in 2009.