It’s never easy to get back on track especially if it has been years of trying to get back. Things just keeps getting in the way of my plans. Or maybe I have let them get on the way.
New Year is always a good time for a fresh start. So, I have committed to do three things so this year won’t be a repeat of last 2014, 2015 and 2016.
It may sound pretty simple but not for someone who has been out for so long. Way back, running is like a daily coffee. At some point, it has become a Frappuccino that you only get the chance to do when “there is time.
It might take some time to change that behavior, but there is no better way to deal with it than to START running.
So, for the past three years, my races were done on a whim. I’d list down my “to do races” And then wait until the last minute to register and cram my training. This year, I registered early! I guess that would help be more specific with my training. Map them out and commit to do something specifically for those races.
Check out some races at https://raceyaya.com, create and an account and be an early bird registrant in races.
Cross Training: (Because trail running and ultrarunning requires one to be prepared for anything! Don’t forget to work on your strength, agility and flexibility, etc etc)
Just climb and climb. I need more specifity in training. So, the goal is to hike at least twice a week. Gah! No biggie.
Start Over Again
Getting back would always have a high risk of failure and of success.
Success because you are coming fresh physically and training properly would definitely get you there, your desire to succeed is at an all-time high also (since you are coming from kilometer zero). I joined Mayon 360, an 80K road race with not enough training and finishing 7th or 8th female in a competitive line-up and hours ahead of my conservative goal felt A-Okay. I knew it could have been better but finishing just felt great.
Failure because your base is too far already from your running records. What you are capable of before is probably slower than what you can do now. It could get devastating at times. Trust me how bad it felt. I ran Milo 10K last July and finished at flat one hour and I felt like I was already giving an effort to finish in 49 minutes then.
“Supposing you have tried and failed again and again. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” — Mary Pickford
Today I am starting and is ready to start again and again, every day.
In running just like LIFE, pusuan lang lagi, mga bes. :p