Race Time Clock or Ticking Time Bomb?

7 Aug

In the past, I thought if I signed up for races, it would force me to step up and get my crap in gear. I’ve spent the money, now I have to train and get ready to run the race.  A couple of years ago, it worked amazingly well.

I signed up for a women’s running class and then promptly signed up for the following:  two 5k’s, two half-marathons, a 1 mile and 10 mile race.  All of these races were within a six-month time span.

The training was tough, but I was committed and did well.  I didn’t win, but I was never last…not even close.  This year, however, is different.

My friend and I decided to throw our names into a lottery for a 10 mile race, which will take place in October.  I’ve done the race before, and it’s a really great course and a fun event.  However, I’m having a hard time getting my “ish” in order and starting a training plan.

Times are different (as well as finances) than a couple of years ago.  Things in general are more challenging than they were back then.  You would think it would motivate me to get out and exercise to relieve in stress, but it hasn’t.

I’m wondering what it’s going to take to kick myself in the ass and get started.  I thought the pressure of a looming deadline and spending money on a race fee would be enough, but this time it’s not.  Help!


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