Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Three Months Down...

About two weeks ago while at work, I realized I had been dating everything March. WHEN DID IT BECOME MARCH!?! I am such an organized and focused person, the thought that we are almost three months done with 2015 is a little scary.

I am going to be really honest with you guys, 2015 has kicked my butt. I cannot seem to find my mojo. This was completely understandable with the way 2014 ended for me. Not being able to run for six of the final seven weeks of the year was really hard on me, not only mentally but for a much bigger reason. I never had the transition period to winter running. 

Yes, it took me until spring to figure this out. 

When I got put in the boot, it had just started to get really cold out. Late November and early December in Pittsburgh is usually a gradual change in temperatures. I didn't get to ease into the cold weather. By the time I was able to run again, it was well below freezing, snowing and just miserable. It was so easy to train on the treadmill. 

It could not have happened at a worse time...

To be honest, the treadmill seems to be my biggest cop-out anymore. If I'm not feeling a workout, I set it to a slower speed just to get the miles done. If I want to push it, I can. If I want to take a nap before I run, it's no big deal! Looking back on it, I may have been cheating myself.

Even though I am on target for my 2015 mileage goal of 1,200 miles, I don't feel like I am. I achieved another sub-2 half marathon in March, but I expect myself to do that. I need to start making more progress. I need to be more discipline with myself. I can be my own worse enemy, and I need to hold myself accountable.

Last week I had a terrible training week. I promise, I will NOT let that happen again. We are just about a month away from the Pittsburgh Marathon 5K and I really want that sub-23. I know I have it in me, I just need to find that competition again. 

If I have any chance of breaking my half marathon PR at any point this year, this needs to happen. I need you all to keep me accountable. I know a few friends have already started to kick my butt in to shape and it is exactly what I needed. 

My goal for the next three months (April-May-June) are simple, PUSH IT!

No progress has ever been made within your comfort zone. I promise all of you I am getting back to myself. It's time. My half marathon PR goal scares me so much, but if your dreams don't scare you they aren't big enough!

What goal of yours scares you the most?


  1. My two cents- you are a rock star! And you've come back from the injury stronger than before! Even if you don't feel physically stronger, you are mentally tougher. You survived the boot- I know how horrid that thing is!

    I'm super proud of you and can't wait to cheer on your sub-23 next month (yikes! Pittsburgh is only a month away!)!

    My goal of a sub 30 minute 5k scares me- I've got 2:44 to cut off- basically a minute every mile. YIKES! I hope to do that sometime in late 2015, early 2016. I want to get Pittsburgh done and over with and then focus on speed.

  2. Although we don't have "winter" per se down here in Florida, we definitely had some cold fronts which made it hard to work out! I also was injured at the end of last year, so I went 8 weeks without running. I totally understand what you're going through. The good news is that sometimes all it takes is a really good training week, a race PR or a new training group to perk up your mood and get you back in the groove!

  3. Steff, don't be too hard on yourself. I'm telling you this because my injury at the end of 2013 (I missed most of november and all of december and then - BAM there's the worst of winter right in your face) put me in a similar position. I missed the winter transition, and then treadmilled it - a lot. Some due to docs orders, some just due to my own fear/laziness. It's tough.. I think a lot of times people don't understand what an injury does to you mentally as well as physically. But, all that aside - injuries are in the past (and will hopefully stay there!), you just got to keep moving forward. Pick a goal, work your little heart out for it, and go get it. I have no doubt you can run a sub-23 5K. Go get it!

  4. Thank you, Nichole! Sometimes you just need a kick in the butt to get moving!

  5. I could not agree more! I have a 10K in a few weeks and I'm hoping it is exactly what I need!

  6. I love you! I am so excited to see you guys in a few short weeks!!