I'm pretty much stealing Christy's blog post outright today. Sorry and thank you! This has already been printed out and is taped to my bathroom mirror:
I have a big year ahead of me and I want to do whatever I can to achieve those goals. With that in mind, signing up with Team Tough Chik sounded like a great idea. I'm looking forward to the fun swag, of course, but meeting other team members excites me the most. It means a lot to me to have a sense of belonging in the running community.
I got another short run in this morning, with one of my favorite running partners. Anne had taken 8 weeks off at the end of her season and I'm trying to figure out what is going on with my leg so we were a matched set in terms of motivation and ability. Just three miles, but I'll take it. I'm tired of looking down on my runs and how far I do or do not go in comparison to everyone else. It won't change overnight but I'm going to work on just focusing doing the best I can on any given day.
My legs were definitely tired from running over the weekend. For the shape I am in right now, racing and then running again within the same 24 hours was a bit of a stretch. Tacking on another run today was tough. My calves are really tight and painful, despite foam rolling and stretching before I headed out. I'm trying to decide if I need a rest day tomorrow or not. Maybe hit the bike at the gym and try some of that cross-training business I keep hearing so much about.
I'm hoping that if I am consistent in my workouts for January that I can come back to the track by the end of the month as an official CAR member. Those gazelles intimidate the crap out of me but I won't let that stop me from trying. It doesn't hurt that they are also really cool ladies and great bloggers. I might be a wildebeest in gazelle's clothing but I'm going to give it a shot. That 5k PR over Thanksgiving showed me that I have some ability as a runner and I'm going to swallow all those doubts and fears I have so I can find out what my potential truly is.
On that note, it is time to get moving with the rest of my day. Back to work and reality tomorrow!