I think we can all agree this year was a bit… unorthodox when it came to running, races, and life in general. For me, between the surgery and the pandemic, I lost out on months of running, but now I’m back and determined to finish this year strong!
Keep On Doing What I’m Doing
I don’t to toot my own horn here, but the truth is, I am pretty proud of my recovery arc. It’s hard to think that just over a year ago, I was basically bed-bound with absolutely no ability to bear weight on my right leg. In the subsequent months, I stayed the course, remained patient, and pushed reasonably. Was it a slog? Yes, but slow and steady win the race, and my commitment to this path is going to serve me well going forward. I can feel it.
Get Through My One-Year Injur-versary
It may sound ridiculous, but as I close in on one year since my fall, I feel myself getting a bit edgy and anxious. Our local middle school just sent out info for their annual Turkey Trot, which was the last event I completed before the accident, and the sound of banging on stairs is starting to send shivers down my spine again. Who knew so many emotions would be tied into this? My goal is to just keep my head up and keep moving forward.
Complete a (Virtual) Half Marathon
A few weeks ago, FOMO got the better of me and I registered for the Team Nuun Half Marathon. I got absolutely caught up in the excitement of the other ambassadors, and here we are. I am fairly confident that in my current level of fitness, I can complete 13.1 miles in some form or other. It won’t be anything heroic, and I’m just slightly behind in my training, but a finish is a finish, and that’s all I need.
Register For An In-Person Race
Around here, live races have started up again. Like most of us, I MISS live races – it’s been almost a year since I’ve toed a starting line, and I want to be ready. From what I see on social media, race directors are really going above and beyond to ensure everyone’s safety, to the extent of their ability, so now I just have to give myself permission to go out there. I want something on the smaller side, so that I don’t feel physically crowded (for my leg and for any possible virus spread), but also one where I feel confident that I can hold my own on the course.
Maybe this one?
Plan Something Amazing for 2021
While I hate to admit it, but it seems like 2020 is shot as far as plans. We might be able to scoot out for a few long weekends, but in the running arena, I’ve got nothing going on. As a result, 2021 needs to be fabulous and I need to look beyond that end of the year to keep morale and motivation high. My sights are set for something in the Best Damn Race series. It would be good to go back to basics (PS – if you’re looking for a great race, use code RUNSWITHPUGS to save 10% off any distance in Safety Harbor, Orlando, and New Orleans in 2021).
What are your running goals for the end of this year? Any milestones? In-person or virtual races? Challenges to overcome!
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