I am now a month into living in my new hometown of Montgomery, Alabama and I’m pretty sure I’ve run more here than I did in the last 10 months at home (part injury-part life.) I’ve lived in lots of different communities all over the country and I’m always grateful when I can find the common ground in running. (Also church…and starbucks.) So now that I’ve met a few people, found the local running store, found one or two routes, ran a race, and will sign up for a few more–what does that mean for my training? Will I finally, after years off from serious training, actually regain the long lost discipline?
I would like to. My body and mind will be stronger if I nourish them with miles. I will gain energy. I will possibly fit better in my pants. My back will hurt less. So, what will it take? How does one finally get the intrinsic motivation to rebuild after so much time away? I don’t know the answer right now. I do know that there is a run tonight. I do know that there is a 10 miler in November (and a training program to go with it.) What I don’t know is how to re-fall in love with running. I want to. I need to. I want to bottle up the joy I felt a few weeks ago at the Chewacla Tri and remember it. I want to use it as a catalyst to move forward.
Have you had to rebuild? What brought you back? What motivated you? I’ll take any ideas. And I’ll keep you posted. XO.