Things have calmed down (just a little, tiny bit) so I wanted to write a short post and just catch up a bit. For the last two years, I've posted here at least once week and it's helped keep me grounded and keep me connected with the running community. But this little break was so needed for my sanity.
I blog because I like to share my experience with others, connect with like-minded people, and keep myself accountable. But sometimes, it starts to feel like a job- one that I don't get paid for. Coming up with content, taking pictures, editing; it's a tremendous amount of work sometimes. I never want to feel like this blog is an obligation or a chore. So in the coming weeks, I'm going to be doing some soul searching on what this blog is about and where I want it to go. I just want to love it all the time, you know?
I feel the same way about running right now. For a long time, I loved, I mean, loved running. I wanted to do it all the time, I was obsessed with racing, and I was totally committed to training. And now, I like running. I'm not as "in love" with it as I was but I still want to do it... sometimes. Maybe I'm in a rut? I don't know. I'm looking forward to the Charles Street 12 this weekend and am totally pumped for the Akron Half Marathon in just a few weeks. But training? It's definitely taken a backseat to life. And my new job(s). And planning a wedding.
Don't get me wrong, I'm still working out. It's just more walking than running right now. I did get 10 miles of running in last weekend and I'm feeling somewhat prepared for the race this upcoming weekend. It's just been a struggle to get out and run lately. Matthew broke his arm in July and has been unable to run. So it's been tough going out and running alone. After years of training together, it's different and kind of sucky to do it alone.
I also know part of the problem is that I don't have any major goals right now to work toward. I've reached maintenance with my weight loss and I felt like I got the monkey off my back with the Pittsburgh Marathon. So now what?
I don't have the answer for that. But I'm confident I will. Eventually. :-)
In the meantime, look for race recaps this week/weekend (Baltimore Women's Classic, SU Service Fun Run) and follow me on instagram/twitter for live updates from the Charles Street 12 on Saturday!
My last few weeks, in pictures:
|The name tag makes it official "official" :-)|
|Enjoying a date night at our favorite MiLB stadium, |
home of the Harrisburg Senators!
|This workout is NO. JOKE. I bought this as a present to myself for reaching lifetime status- it's awesome.|
|5ks are always better with friends.|
|We have had some beautiful sunsets here in the last few weeks.|
I'd love to hear from you- what do you like to read about? What kinds of posts would you like to see here? What subjects/topics surrounding running or weight loss are you curious about? Please share in the comments below!
Homegirl. We should be training together sometimes. We do NOT live far enough apart to justify NOT getting together for a run <3 <3ReplyDelete
I would be SO MUCH HAPPIER if I was able to train with you :-)Delete
I think everyone who blogs goes through those times. Don't be too hard on yourself about it. I've certainly had writing ruts -- people don't understand how time consuming it is. I love seeing your races and everyday life.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Caroline! It helps to know others struggle with blogging.Delete
I'm so happy for you and your new adventures! Sometimes it's best to walk away, but maybe our fun race weekend will help break the funk!ReplyDelete
Seriously, I'm SO looking forward to seeing all of you!!!!Delete
Its natural for us all to go through ups and downs with our blogging. It should never feel like a chore, with the exception of for those who blogging is their full time job. Hope you're able to find the right direction for yourself and your blog.ReplyDelete
Hope to see you at the Charles 12!ReplyDelete