Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps." ~ Saul Bellow

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So it's probably pretty obvious that with all the sickness that's been in our house this past month, my running has fallen by the wayside. It's true. So far by the wayside! And I am so disappointed. It's been more than 4 weeks now since I've been well enough to go to my running clinic, and I'm still not up to it {coughing + running = no fun at all!} And so, I've had to quit. I hate that! I didn't want to tell you about it. It is the last thing I wanted to do. But there's no way I'll be able to catch up with the group now that I've fallen so far behind. Who knows when I'll feel healthy enough to get back into it? And of course sometime in the next few weeks, I'll probably be going for my surgery, and will need time to recover from that as well. Sigh...

I called Frontrunners the other night and they very kindly said I could defer my clinic membership until the next session {which I think starts in June- I've got to be better by then, right?!} and I'll train for the 8K which is part of the Royal Victoria Marathon in October. I'm relieved about that. It's not really quitting, right? It's just rescheduling. I'll be able to do my training runs outside on summer evenings, which I love, instead of on the treadmill at the gym. That's always motivating, the evening light.

Anyhow, despite the fact that I've had to totally bail on one of the important goals I set for myself, last night I decided I'd sign up for the big Victoria 10K run on May 1st! So I went online and joined my school's team {there are 11 of us on staff who are participating}. Even if I walk more of it than I run {and I know that I will walk quite a lot of it}, I still want to take part. It was an amazing experience last year, being out there by the ocean with 13,000 other people, and I was so proud of myself for doing it. Why should this year be any different? Well okay, it will definitely be different. But it can still be great. I can still be proud. And it'll be good practice for October. That's what I told myself when I hit the "confirm registration" button, anyway...

5 comments:

  1. Congratulations Erin - good for you!!!

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  2. I admire your for participating. And you're not quitting like you said, it's rescheduling.

    I hope it goes well and that you will be completely better soon. I hate it when there is that pesky cough that won't leave. x

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  3. You are by no means a quitter! You had obstacles come your way that were not in your power to control. Had you completely given up on running just because you didn't feel like running - that would be a totally different story. You signing up for a 10K is so inspiring! I wish you a fast and healthy road to recovery so you can get back to lacing up your running shoes :)

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  4. I totally admire you for doing this Erin.

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  5. Our lives are eerily paralleled. Tiho and I have also postponed our race until the fall. The fundraising was a huge commitment. Still running and training now, but May 1st is just too close for comfort.

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