So I’ve started to get back into a workout routine. I like setting goals and right before my 30th birthday I wrote down a bunch of goals to complete during my 30th year. At the top of my list was complete a marathon. As I’ve gotten back into running a bit, I don’t think that goal should be within this year. Maybe it is just self-doubt, but I know my body and I have a feeling that if I train for a marathon, my IT bands will be begging me to stop. I’ve done a few different races in the past. A handful of 5K’s, one 4-miler, one half-marathon and two triathlons. After the half-marathon I felt great but thought, that is far enough for me.
Almost five years later, I thought, I should do a marathon. I was excited about the prospect. Then I started to run again. My running has been going well, but when I decided to run in a pair of new shoes the other day and my IT band started to flare up. I remembered that after I did the half-marathon, I was in PT trying to get it back into shape. I’ve run in my VFF’s but don’t think that I want to run a marathon in them. I hate trying to find a second pair of shoes because I don’t want to get injured trying to find the right ones.
I returned the shoes that I had purchased and went back to barefoot/VFF running. I also think that my body prefers triathlons or maybe just half-marathons. Tri’s are great for me because I get to work a variety of muscles, never beating one set to death. I have a few tri’s in mind for this year, one, I get a tie-dye shirt. I’m contemplating the Chickamauga Battlefield Half-Marathon. It falls shortly after my 31st birthday, but I will count it since I will have to train in my thirtieth year.
My plan is to cross train my lifting weights, doing plyometrics, riding my bike, swimming and running (trail, barefoot and some road). I plan to do lots of stretching too, to keep myself injury free.
I’ve gotten some new running gear recently and thought I would share my new running outfits. Having the right clothes that make you feel good about yourself while you are running is always helpful.