The Scotiabank Half Marathon is next weekend and I’m starting to think ‘what have I gotten myself into?!’
I basically took 3.5 weeks off from running because of my annoying IT band issue and became discouraged about 10 days into it and have seriously slacked on my cross-training.
Now that my knee is feeling better – it’s at about 80% atm – I’ve been doing my runs outside instead of on the treadmill.
Running outside is not something that I do. I love my treadmill and its consistency and how there are no bugs or cold winds or puddles to step in and how it holds my water bottle for me.
I’m a wimp when it comes to running outside.
When I first started running it was outside and I always felt like people were staring at me and judging my walk breaks I used to take. Even now that I can run for what I consider a decent distance before feeling like my legs are going to collapse (it’s always my legs that give out before my lungs lol) I still feel self-conscious and judged when running outside.
But I’m forcing myself out of my comfort zone.
As insignificant of a change as it may seem, I think it will make me a stronger runner. Even though I’m super nervous and feeling underprepared for the ScotiaHalf next weekend, I’m already thinking about doing this half as my next one!