In one month I’ll be leaving for Los Angeles and on the verge of running the Inaugural Pixie Dust Challenge. My normal excitement for runDisney races is being smothered by my lack of motivation to run anything longer than 5-7 miles and do so with any speed.
Post-Princess, my training has taken a dramatic downturn. It’s stopped being fun. It’s physically painful if I run even slightly fast and it’s mentally exhausting just trying to keep going for more than a handful of miles. It’s frustrated as I had big plans and goals for this race (as well as Princess) when I signed up last summer.
After running five mediocre miles yesterday, I chatted with my dad about running as well, he’s my “coach” for lack of a better word. He told me to stop thinking about this all so much and stop comparing to other training sessions and just go out and run because you can (even with my stupid mysterious ab pain). Then, he suggested I take a break from running for about 6-8 weeks, post Pixie Dust.
So I’m going to run Pixie Dust…but I’m going to try and enjoy every moment….feel every moment–I am going in with no strategy except to finish and feel good while doing it. That last year and a half has been hard–lots of injuries, family drama etc and a constant attempt to try and train through anything to hit a new and rather elusive sub 1:50 goal. Maybe, with the time off and some time to heal my mysterious injury, I can come back, stronger, faster and can kick that sub 1:50 goal’s butt. 🙂 It’s worked before….an 8 week break is what made my Dumbo Double Dare, back to back PRs happen…maybe something good can come out of this, too. 🙂
Much love and happy running,