Well, we're doing it again folks!
The motivation behind the goal in 2014 was two-fold: 1) to stay in shape and 2) because we were living in Indiana temporarily and had nothing to do.
This time around, we're motivated for several reasons.
- We hardly worked out at all in 2016, and we can tell.
- Adam would like to lose weight, and I would like to tone back up a few spots that have gone a bit soft.
- We want to be healthier and feel better.
- We like having a goal and something to achieve. In 2016, that was new jobs and finishing grad school. In 2017, it will be running a race every month.
We've already signed up for two races.
January - Zoo Run Run 5K at the Nashville Zoo (we even renewed our membership to save $5 per race entry, knowing it'll be fun to take Connor to the zoo a few times this year)
February - Cupid's Chase 5K in Shelby Bottoms (looks to be a small race, and it was way cheaper than the Hot Chocolate Run also happening in Nashville that day)
We've managed to run a few times so far in the new year, and we definitely have a ways to go. But it feels good to be able to run again. I don't think I realized how much I missed it.
Running is never going to be for me what it was before Adam and I got together. I always joke that running was my boyfriend back then, but it's not really a joke. Running was a big part of my identity back then, and it's ultimately played a huge role in defining who I am even when I'm not running (because Life is a Marathon after all, right?) I ran so much and got faster back then because I had all the free time in the world. Many of my running buddies were also single, or might have been married but didn't have kids. It was no big deal to take several hours on a Saturday morning to get together for a long run and brunch.
I doubt I'll ever have that experience again, but I'm thankful that I did.
Now I'm running with Adam, and it's an investment not only in our health, but also in our relationship.
Don't get me wrong, I want to set some personal goals once I'm in better shape. I know he does, too. I'd like to help him break 30 minutes in the 5K distance this year, but I'd also like to push myself and see what might be possible for me. I don't know that PRs are on tap, but I might consider some "post-marriage" PRs. At one time, it was important to me to break 1:50 in the half and 4:00 in the full. I don't know that I'll ever pursue it again because I don't want to give up the time I'd need to train now that I have Adam and Connor. But I might set some time goals that I think are doable while balancing the rest of my life.
It's going to be a good year, and at minimum, we're going to get healthier by having a race on the calendar every month!