living in the now

Still rambling about running. Sometimes other things.

Focusing on a 5K

This year has had many more ups and downs than I'd like to count -- and I'm coming off a couple of really bad weeks -- but I finally feel ready to do something that I haven't done in a while. I feel like I've been waiting for a variety of things to happen in my life before I make some running goals, but I'm remembering how important it is to NOT do that. 

If I set running goals, everything else will fall into place. This column came across my Facebook feed earlier this month and I've been thinking a lot about it ever since. The thing is, I haven't done anything about it. 

In that article, one line really stands out for me -- "But as soon as I start pushing workouts off, I’ll start missing workouts, and once I start missing workouts, I’m close to stopping workouts altogether."

I haven't stopped workouts altogether, but after a few weeks of allergy season kicking my butt, I feel like I'm using everything as an excuse not to run. Simply put, May has not been pretty. It's been the drastic opposite of what I thought it would be. 

I don't know what I've been waiting for exactly, but as I've been reminded of a few times this year -- WAITING IS NOT A STRATEGY. I've put off signing up for races; I've avoided local races because my training has been subpar; and I continue catching myself saying "I don't care" quite a bit. 

I've got to stop this attitude. It's impacting too many things around me both physically and mentally. 

This weekend I decided to put some focus on a 5K that's July 4 in Ohio. It's a race I've done a couple of times before (Stars and Stripes 5K), including it being the site of a 5K PR. I'm not saying I'm going for a PR, but I am going to train specifically for that race over the next 6 weeks. 

That's a lot of speed work, hills, cross training and a whole lot of eating better (and, more specifically, less). I don't know where I stand with speed, but I know I've been lacking a lot of it lately. I've also done very little in the cross training department in the past month or so. 

And eating? I just need to get back to a few more salads during the week and fewer second helpings at dinner. 

This isn't anything out of the ordinary, but I haven't put focus on a 5K in a long time. That distance has been a part of other training and has left me disappointed a few times in recent years because I haven't put emphasis on it. 

I don't have a goal in mind; I can't really set one yet. Maybe I will in a few weeks, but I have to see how training goes first. 

This feels like a nice re-starting point to get to the second half of the year in a healthy, happy place. Bigger goals will come, but this is what I want to focus on right now.