I have been struggling to get motivation to run. Whenever I start to increase my weekly mileage, my hips start to give me more trouble. That is why I opted to run the Boston Run to Remember 5 Miler instead of the half marathon.
After running the race faster than I thought I could, I gained some confidence that I can get back to it. I still have a lot of improvement to do because my hips continue to have soreness and pain, but thankfully it isn’t worse than it was before.
My Running Related Goals
Build core and overall body strength
Build base mileage
Slowly incorporate speed workouts
- June 24 – Corporate Challenge
- July 3 – Finish at the Fifty 5k
- August 24 – Memphis Soul BBQ 5k*
- September 7 – Running with Friends 5k*
The following races are ones I am considering to be my first half marathon back.
- October 5 – Smuttynose Rockfest
- October 19 – Baystate Half Marathon*
- November 9 – Newton Chilly Half Marathon* (if I can’t run Baystate!)
*I haven’t registered for yet.
I want to get back to distance running. My ultimate goal has been to try to get the men’s Boston Marathon qualifying time. That may be unrealistic even if I were injury-free, but I love trying to push myself just a little more each time. Instead of jump into a marathon, I want to test out my luck with a half marathon in the fall. I think that will give me enough time build some base mileage again.
I am giving myself some options on which half because I’m not sure when I will feel comfortable to run it. I am also trying to keep them local so that it is easier to sign up for last minute. I don’t want to have to worry about having to book a hotel or traveling far.
Lastly, I won’t register until I am positive I can complete the race. Races can be pricey so I don’t want to have to opt out of the race because of hip pain once I hit a certain mileage like I had to for the Boston Run to Remember. Thankfully I could switch to the 5 miler, but not all of the races have options to switch to a shorter distance. I don’t regret signing up for the Boston Run to Remember half-it really did push me to try to run more consistently. Having the 5k’s in the books for me will keep my motivation going but not put a huge dent in my wallet for a race I can’t run.
Questions for you
What half marathon do you think I should run? Do you have other suggestions that aren’t on my list?
What are some of your favorite strength workouts?