I have decided to commit to another event. I have to or I know I will just become a slug. Why another event, well, I race not to win, not even to be competitive, not even to PR (ok, I would still like to have a few more PR's) but I race because of fear. Yes, Fear, fear of if I don't race than I won't train. I love to run but many days I allow life events and procrastination to keep me from running so my training can turn real inconsistent.
Take this week, I took Monday off as I was sore from the weekend long runs, Tuesday, still sore. So Tuesday evening, I told myself that I would run before work, morning came, motivation was low. Internal dialogue - if you just get out the door you will be ok, so I thought about it and took the procrastination path and said to myself that I would try and run at lunch, forgot I had a meeting, ok run after work, didn't leave work in time to run before church, run after church, nope worn out just wanted to unwind. So, I told myself last night that I would run before work, morning came, motivation was even lower. Procrastination wins again, so I said to myself that I would try and run at lunch, work interfered, ok run after work, I have a meeting, run after the meeting, nope worn out just wanted to unwind.
See a trend, this is where races come in. When I sign up, I think to myself I need to run a marathon or 50k in x weeks. I have to get out the door and run or it's really gonna hurt. So I get my priorities reset and then I tend to get the work-life balance realigned and get out the door at least a little more often.
So I am going to go ahead and sign up for the Surf the Murph 50k as that will give me the motivation I need. I have already committed to running a 1/2 marathon in Lebanon Hills as my race for the World Wide Festival of Races but that is just a 1/2 marathon. I can do that with pretty minimal training between now and then. But a 50k run in Murphy-Hanrehan, that is going to require some training or it will really, really, really hurt.
So my motivation is set through November then I will just need to sign up for a race early next year like the "Psycho WyCO Run Toto, Run 50k" in Kansas and it will have to be the 50k otherwise it won't count as a state and I need Kansas in my 50 state quest and I know I have to train to run a 50k, then I have Chippewa in April, add a few more events before Superior and I will be set for a year...........