Have I ever told you about my half marathon PR? I got it in 2008 at my very first half marathon. It was long before I started this blog, and I ran the entire thing in cotton shorts with no fueling, no Garmin, and pretty much no idea what pace I was running (this race didn’t have any mile markers).
It seems crazy that my PR would be from a time when I didn’t know, or really care, at all about running basics. I seriously thought tech gear was stupid…why pay for an expensive shirt, when the cheap cotton ones work so well? I thought I was really good at pacing myself comfortably and consistently, and truthfully, I’ll never know if that was the case or not, since I didn’t have a GPS tracker to help me out. And gels? Blech! Why would someone want to eat while they ran? It seemed like a very silly thing to do, as far as I was concerned.
And yet, despite my complete lack of knowledge over what a runner “should” do, I was a good runner. I mean, not impressive or anything, but so much faster and stronger than I am now.
And it drives me crazy. Now I feel like I know it all…and yet, I.can’t.get.faster. This is particularly disturbing, because I don’t think my PR was anywhere near my full potential at the time – if I had used gels or had a garmin to keep me steady, I think I could have been faster. If I’m right, and I wasn’t running to my full potential at the time, then my complete inability to run a race anywhere near my half PR is just really, really sad.
As far as I can tell there are 3 things keeping me from getting faster: 1) Age. 2) Weight. 3) Laziness.
Let’s break these down:
1) Age. Point blank. I’m not a spring chicken, and my body is falling apart. Falling. Apart. I really can’t run as frequently as I used to, because when I try, I get injured. Bodies slow down as they age. I don’t know why, but it sure seems to be working out that way in my life.
2) Weight. I weigh a good 10 pounds more than I did when I was a good runner. Do I think dropping that weight would help? Yes. Am I going to drop that weight? Probably not. I know how to lose weight. It’s really not that complicated. But it’s work, and it’s not fun. And I’m apparently not willing to work or give up fun.
3). Laziness. I think that this is probably the main problem. I can’t follow a training plan, because I’m simply too lazy. If I don’t feel like doing my long run, I just won’t. I have never in my life finished a track workout, because I don’t like running fast. I just don’t really care enough to get out there and do what I need to do to get trained up to earn a PR.
Despite this, I’m trying to give up the lazy. The age and the weight can stick around, but if I want to PR, I’ve got to get it out there and actually train. So, I’m training for a half marathon PR…attempt. The goal race is in 3 months: The Tacoma Saint Paddy’s Day Run. I’ve been trying to get moving and train up, and it hasn’t been great, but I almost finished a track workout once, and sometimes I do my scheduled long run!
How do you beat the lazy and become a champion?