Happy Friday!! Who isn’t psyched for the weekend? I’m looking forward to some down time for sure! So last night my normal 45 minute commute home took twice as long. It threw off my plan to take a Bosu class at my gym. I could have walked to the gym and done a workout or I could have taken the night off and hung out at home or I could have gone for a run. I really just wanted to put on some comfy clothes and relax but felt like I really needed to go for a run.
Here’s the truth. I’ve been avoiding running during the week lately. I have no problem running on the weekends in the sunshine and daylight, I just am not loving the darkness. Truth is it scares me. I have visions of someone jumping out from behind a tree or attacking me or the sound of footsteps pounding behind me and freaking me out. I just don’t really like it.
So I’ve been telling myself it’s ok that I don’t run during the week and that the gym is enough of a workout. But the reality is I’m lying to myself. With the Boston Marathon in April I’m going to have to run in the dark. And this week Team in Training started their training plan. And while I’m not starting yet because the idea of a 22 week training plan makes me want to scream I do need to be running regularly. I’ll start my plan in January for a total of 16 weeks just like I did for Chicago.
This week I faced my fears and really got fundraising for Team in Training. I created a fundraising plan, teamed up with a couple other girls doing Team in Training to plan a fundraising party and have been planning a fundraiser for this blog. I’ve been calling companies asking for raffle donations and I’ve been emailing friends, families and co-workers asking for donations as well. It’s a lot of work but it’s slowly paying off. Every now and then I get an email from someone reminding me why I am running. Like my co-worker who told me I am one of the most interesting and dynamic people he has met since joining the company and commends my efforts to run a marathon and raise money for such a great cause and would be happy to support me. Or the donations I’ve received from friends and family to support me. It’s a challenge but it’s so worth it.
Since I’m feeling better about fundraising I figured today was probably as good as any to get out and run in the dark. I dressed in layers because it was pretty cold out, laced up my shoes and hit the pavement.
My original plan was to run the first mile in the park and then run the next two through the city streets because it’s well-lit. Once I get into the park I realized it wasn’t so bad. It was well-lit and there were quite a few other runners out there! And the best part? It was nice and quiet. I ended up doing my whole 3 mile loop!! It wasn’t my fastest 3.5 miles ever but that wasn’t the point!
I did promise myself a training present at about mile 1.5 and will be getting a bright neon colored vest so that cars and bikers can see me. Plus it makes me feel safer.
So I faced my fear and ran in the dark. It wasn’t so bad. I’ll be honest, I don’t think it’s the dark that really scared me. I think it is really training for the Boston Marathon in the dark, and the cold and the snow that scares me. And having to fundraise $4000 by January 31st. Running this marathon for Team in Training is certainly a personal challenge. I love seeing myself grow and pushing myself to new levels. This is just one more experience of that and it’s so worth it!
There’s my truth for you all. I’ve been nervous and scared about fundraising. And I’ve been freaking out about training for a marathon in the dark and in the New England winter. It’s so much easier to train in the summer when it’s light out in the morning and bright until after 7pm. I guess it wouldn’t really be the Boston Marathon if it was easy.